Penguins take commanding 3-1 series lead over Ottawa
MAY 22, 2013 6:08p ET
The Pittsburgh Penguins let the Ottawa Senators have their fun. Like good visitors, they were accommodating and allowed their hosts to have a thrilling double-overtime victory in Game 3.
In Game 4, the Eastern Conference’s top-seeded team re-established the natural order of things by dominating seventh-seeded Ottawa 7-3 on Wednesday – scoring six straight goals in less than 30 minutes over the second and third periods.
It didn't matter if goalie Tomas Vokoun, Pittsburgh’s second of these playoffs, gave up juicy rebounds. The Penguins can score. And score. And score some more.
In all, nine Penguins – half the skaters they dressed -- found their way to the score sheet, but none more prolifically than defenseman Kris Letang, who had four assists. James Neal had two goals and an assist. Jarome Iginla – think he’s glad he accepted that trade from Calgary? – added two goals and Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis each recorded a goal and an assist.
Pittsburgh entered the game with the second- and third-leading scorers in the playoffs, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but Malkin did not even record a point. Letang and Paul Martin were tied for second in points among defensemen with nine. Letang now has a comfortable three-point lead over Boston’s Zdeno Chara.
Behind an empowering first period, the Senators drew first blood with another shorthanded goal – just as they had done in the final minute of regulation in Game 3 to force overtime – with a superhuman effort by Milan Michalek. It represented their first lead in the series other than the game-winning goal on Monday night. By the end of the period, they led 2-1.
Then the Penguins’ unreal firepower reasserted itself, as they scored the next six goals, chasing Senators goalie Craig Anderson from the game at 9:53 of the third period on Iginla’s second goal.
The Penguins can -- and should -- wrap up the series in Game 5 on Friday at home.
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