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Sid Crosby nets hat trick as Penguins grab 2-0 series lead over Sens
Sat, 18 May 2013 09:38:44 +0000
Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) - Sidney Crosby recorded his second career hat trick in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators Friday for a 2-0 edge in their Eastern Conference semifinal series at Consol Energy Center.
"I think we were doing a great job all game of putting a lot of pressure on them, but when we did give up chances they were pretty big ones," said Crosby, who also became the fifth player in franchise history to reach 100 points in the postseason.
"So we want to limit those big chances we gave up, but we like how many shots we got and the pressure we put on them," he added.
Brendan Morrow, obtained from the Dallas Stars near the NHL trade deadline, scored the insurance goal for his first postseason tally and first score as a Penguin.
"Sometimes you get those breaks," said Morrow. "Just go to the front of the net. Paul (Martin) made a good shot and I just got a stick on it.
Tomas Vokoun tallied 19 saves for the Penguins, who got assists from six different players and five points from their defensemen. Pittsburgh also outshot the Senators, 42-22.
Evgeni Malkin had another assist, his League-leading 11th of the playoffs. He is one of only four players in NHL history to record at least one assist in each of his team's first eight playoff games.
Craig Anderson tallied 18 saves before he was relieved by Robin Lehner, who saved 20 shots as the Senators got goals from Kyle Turris, Colin Greening and Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
Crosby opened the scoring 3:16 into the game when he attacked the blue line and beat Anderson with a low shot to the far corner. With that goal, Crosby reached 100 points in playoffs in 75 games, tying Ron Francis for fourth on the team's all-time playoff list.
Crosby passed Francis when he scored his second of the night at 16:07 to put Pittsburgh ahead, 2-1, before striking on the power play early in the second period for a two-goal lead and a hat trick.
Crosby became the second Penguin to have multiple hat tricks in the postseason. Mario Lemieux, the franchise postseason scoring leader, had three.
In reaching the century mark for points in his 75th postseason game, Crosby becomes the fifth-fastest of the 84 players that have managed the feat.
After replacing Anderson, Lehner received a rude welcome from Morrow, who got the shaft of his stick on an already-deflected puck and sent it whistling over the goalie's shoulder for a 4-2 lead.
The Penguins can make it 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with a win in Sunday's Game 3 in Ottawa.