Playoff Gameday: Pittsburgh Penguins & Ottawa Senators – Round Two, Game Four

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Ottawa Senators
Penguins Lead Series 2-1

NBCSN, CBC, RDS – 7:30 pm/et

Scotiabank Place – Ottawa, ON

Game four is another game that is a big deal. At the end of the night, the Ottawa Senators could be on the brink of elimination or completely back in the series. The Senators showed that they have life left in game three. Is it enough to bring them even in the series tonight or will the Penguins refocus and push them to the edge?

Jussi Jokinen could return to the Penguins line-up tonight.

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Game One: Penguins lost 2-1 [OT].

What we said in our recap:

It's terrible because the Pens went from being up 3 games to none to this now potentially becoming a dogfight.

It's stupid because there's no way in Hell you can let a team score a shorthanded goal late to tie it in the final minute, even with the goalie pulled to make it a 5-on-5.

It's disappointing because everyone thought the Isles series was a reminder to the Pens to never let their foot off the gas.

And it's frustrating because Craig Anderson stole this game. Alfreddson's tying goal with under 30 seconds remaining will justifiably be the talk of the town for the next couple days, but the Pens had a total of 87 minutes and 39 seconds to get another one past Anderson, and they just couldn't do it. For a team that has scored 3 or more goals in every game this post-season, they needed that one extra goal somewhere, somehow, and couldn't find it. It's up to the elite set of forwards to find the net one more time. It's been a part of the Pens' recipe for success all season, and when you're missing an ingredient, your dish is gonna taste like shit.

It wasn't for lack of trying; Craig Anderson was just lights-out. This was a goaltending duel the whole way through, with Vokoun showing that he's still nowhere near ready to give the net back to Marc-Andre Fleury. And that's the best takeaway from this game. Vokoun did everything you could ask of him.

Know Your Enemy: Silver Seven

What they're saying:

In the first three games of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final series between the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins, goaltender Tomas Vokoun has allowed six goals on 106 shots and looked like a league elite goaltender. Truly, he is a great goaltender; if he weren't, he wouldn't have 700 regular season NHL games under his belt. But he's not this good.

Thankfully, the Senators are finding ways to get pucks past him. It seems Colin Greening knew how to do it right from the start, but the rest of the team should be figuring it out by now: Get lots of shots–especially from in close–and track down the ubiquitous rebounds (there are plenty) to knock them in. That's what's worked for Ottawa so far, and (barring flukey goals, which always happen) it's all that will work tonight and through the rest of the series. Say it with me, Sens skaters: Be like Colin.

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
James Neal – Evgeni Malkin – Jarome Iginla
Brenden Morrow – Brandon Sutter – Matt Cooke
Tyler Kennedy – Jussi Jokinen – Craig Adams

Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
Matt Niskanen – Kris Letang
Deryk Engelland – Douglas Murray

Tomas Vokoun

Ottawa Senators Lines:

Jakob Silfverberg – Kyle Turris – Daniel Alfredsson
Mark Stone – Jason Spezza – Milan Michalek
Zack Smith – Mika Zibanejad – Chris Neil
Colin Greening – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Erik Condra 
 
Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen – Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips – André Benoît

Craig Anderson

We're kind of guessing at the lines. Things are getting more and more secretive as the playoffs go on.

Do It.

Go Pens.

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