Pittsburgh was up to there old tricks in Game 3 as Crosby and Guerin both had goals and assists in their 4-2 win over the Senators at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.
Crosby now has 7 points in the series and is well on his way to a possible Conn Smythe should Pittsburgh advance that far. Alexei Ponikarovsky scored his first goal of the playoffs in the first period, with a wrist shot that beat Brian Elliott.
Evgeni Malkin was once again strong; scoring the game-winning goal as he capitalized on a rebound of a Max Talbot shot. The play was especially intriguing because the tandem showed flashes of their aggressive play that saw Talbot score two goals in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and Malkin earn the Conn Symthe.
Pittsburgh did however continue their struggles short-handed, giving up two power-play goals.
Ottawa is finding the seams in the Pittsburgh box and Dan Bylsma should try and correct this sooner than later. Heading into future rounds, Pittsburgh will not be able to get away with winning when giving up too many goals on the penalty-kill.
On the contrary, the Pens are doing good things on their power play. The puck is being moved well and traffic is being built in front of the net which as we all know, is the recipe to a successful man-advantage.
Granted the Senators are helping with incredibly undisciplined play, but when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.
Jordan Leopold, a player who the Penguins traded for at the trade deadline, will miss Game 3 and possibly Game 4 after injuring his head in the club’s 2-1 win in Game 2.
As most saw, Leopold was hit, or elbowed, by Andy Sutton and remained motionless on the ice before getting up and going to the Penguins dressing room late in the game.
Jay Mckee got his first dose of playoff hockey this season and was a plus two in 13 minutes in Game 3.
Mike Rupp, who replaced Ruslan Fedotenko in the line-up, played seven minutes along side Ponikarovsky and Craig Adams.
The Penguins played a solid 60 minutes and will look to do so once again in the nation’s capital on Tuesday.
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