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

Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Series Tied 0-0

NBCSN, CBC, RDS – 7:30 pm/et

Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

Here it is: the series that the media and Eugene Melnyk so desperately wanted. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Matt Cooke, the man who absolutely-on-purpose-injured-Erik-Karlsson-and-forensic-evidence-will-prove-it-and-also-he-likes-to-talk-about-reporter-penises, will face off against the Ottawa Senators. The media sideshow is fun and all, but it's not going to win hockey games. Also, it's not fun.

The Ottawa Senators allowed nine goals in five games against the Montreal Canadiens, and three of those goals were in game two. Craig Anderson has a .950 save percentage. He's not Evgeni Nabokov. The Pittsburgh Penguins will need to be better than they were against the New York Islanders if they want to win. Much better.

Last meeting that counted: April 22, 2013. Penguins won 3-1.

What we said in our recap:

Playing for something, playing for nothing, it doesn't matter. The Penguins road show pulled into Ottawa and made Sens' fans clench their buttholes tighter in terms of Ottawa getting into the dance.

The Pens have lost just four games (and only one home game) since January 27th. Somehow they are on a 7-game winning streak.

When no one was looking, Tomas Vokoun has turned in a 13-4 up to this point, and also turned in another solid performance in this game. The Pens got goals from Dustin Jeffrey, Jarome Iginla, and Tyler Kennedy. A defense without its top two puck-moving d-men shut the door. Douglas Murray was named the second star of the game. Seriously.

Know Your Enemy: Silver Seven

What they're saying:

That third pairing looks tasty, doesn't it?

On to the prediction. There's nothing but bad news here. Things do not go well for the Senators. They throw absolutely everything they can at Tomas Vokoun and he stonewalls them. The team's best chance comes in the form of a 2-on-1 with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Cory Conacher. Conacher feeds Pageau a sweet pass, and Pageau one-times it perfectly only to see a diving Vokoun get a piece of it at the very last second.

Pittsburgh Penguins News:

The Pens will try to ignore the off-ice junk.

Kris Letang is good.

So is Sidney Crosby.

Ottawa Senators News:

Ten things the Senators need to do to win.

The Senators are confident.

They're also underdogs.

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:

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

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

Tomas Vokoun

Ottawa Senators Lines:

Milan Michalek – Kyle Turris – Daniel Alfredsson
Guillaume Latendresse – Mika Zibanejad – Jakob Silfverberg
Colin Greening – Zack Smith – Chris Neil
Cory Conacher – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Erik Condra
Erik Karlsson – Marc Methot
Chris Phillips – Sergei Gonchar
Eric Gryba – Jared Cowen

Craig Anderson

Do It.

Go Pens.