Game One saw Evgeni Malkin making moves.
Crosby registered his second career playoff hat trick, and the Pens hung on to win 4-3. If you could sue players for embarrassing you, Erik Karlsson would have like eight lawsuits against Crosby.
Game Two is always about taking a team's best shot after you beat them in Game One. The Senators didn't really get a chance to throw any punches, though. Craig Anderson, who was heavily lauded before the series, got sent to the showers early. If it wasn't for Robin Lehner, the Senators may have been blown out. Two of the best players in the game at their respective positions went head to head, and Crosby prevailed over Anderson.
At the other end, Tomas Vokoun didn't have his best game, but he made two huge saves on breakaways in the second period.
And get ready for the Senators to start complaining about officiating. The Pens had six power plays to the Senators' two.
It was all Pens early. Crosby started the game flying. Malkin followed up with a great shift of his own. Three minutes in, Crosby just lamp-posted Karlsson.
Malkin hit the post not too long after.
The Senators took a penalty at 6:15 of the first. Then another one at 10:19.
But they used their strong penalty kill to build momentum. And then they finally got a call. Malkin got whistled for hooking because Marc Methot is apparently a ref now.
Kyle Turris responded with a goal, one that Vokoun wants back. 1-1 all of a sudden.
But three minutes later, Crosby erased all of the Sens' hard work. Coming down the left wing, Crosby waited out Karlsson and then caught Anderson cheating. 2-1. Yikes.
Other things that happened in the first:
If this was 2005, Mario's suit would have its own Facebook group.
Chris Kunitz's face got mauled by a high stick:
It definitely seemed like Neal-Malkin-Iginla had a scoring chance every period. Neal hit the crossbar in the first after a nice pass from Malkin.
The Gulf Tower lit up after every Pens goal:
The second period was the wildest of the series thus far. Stuff happened early on when Cooke drew a penalty 49 seconds in. Moments later, Crosby added his third goal of the game.
Troy Crosby lol. 3-1.
That goal chased Anderson. And in came Robin Leach or something. But the Senators call themselves pesky for a reason. Colin Greening scored a semi-weak goal. 3-2.
The next couple minutes after that featured Chris Neil being out of control. Letang and Neil both went to the box for jobbing.
The Senators kept getting in their own way, though. LatinDress boarded Malkin and then called Malkin a diver.
Can't hit a player from behind. So odd a player would bitch about that call. The entire Ottawa bench was complaining, too. Can't wait till MacLean starts working the refs.
The play was huge because it basically led to the game-winning goal. Just after the power play expired, Paul Martin put a puck on net, and Brenden Morrow tipped it home. 4-2.
Tomas Vokoun wasn't always great; he was great when he had to be. And he was great in a second period that saw him stop two Senators on breakaways. Huge. Huge. Huge.
The first one came with the Sens shorthanded. Chris Kunitz had this happen to him:
And the Senators flew down the ice. With Malkin on his horse in pursuit, Colin Greening got robbed by the left pad of Vokoun.
The next save came with about 3 minutes left in the second after the Pens had built some shit up. Letang got a shot blocked by Cory Conacher. Conacher corralled the puck and stared down Vokoun. Vokoun said no again.
– The Senators looked completely gassed at the end of the second. Legs feed the wolf.
– The officials refused to call penalties on the Senators for murdering Iginla on several different occasions.
Slow start to the third, but the Senators had legs again. Someone destroyed Iginla, causing a turnover, and the Sens scored early to make it 4-3. Pesky sons of bitches.
Sens had all the momentum, and then Orpik was heading to the box. Could've been bad news bears, but the PK stepped up and put everything on lockdown. Another huge moment in the game.
Douglas Murray was a presence in the third period, blocking everything he could.
One thing the Penguins did well was possess the puck in the Senators' zone during the third. The first line and third line had some nice 30-second clock-killing shifts.
Neal-Malkin-Iginla almost combined for the insurance goal, but Lehner made a huge save. Monster save.
The pace was frantic at times, but the clock was ticking. The stretch after the final TV timeout took forever, but Brenden Morrow had an emotional shift and killed like a minute all by himself.
The Sens really didn't get a good look later.
– Pens outshot the Sens 2 to 1, but the Sens outhit the Pens 2 to 1. Sens only mustered 6 shots in the third period.
– CONSOL is deafening during the intro videos. DEAFENING.