Sunday, April 15, 2007

Game 2: Penguins 4 - Senators 3

Pittsburgh Penguins


The Penguins played a MUCH better game in Game 2, tightly controlling the Senators attack, pressuring the Senators defense, and actually WINNING the damn thing.

It helped that Marc-Andre Fleury didn't suck.

It also helped that Sidney Crosby scored the game winning goal, and looked even more comfortable as he was lustily booed by the crowd in Ottawa.

From Yahoo! Sports:
Sidney Crosby doesn't seek attention, he just has a knack of drawing it.

Crosby scored his second goal in two playoff games 11:44 into the third period to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, evening their first-round series at one win apiece.

Crosby, who scored a late power-play goal in Wednesday's series-opening 6-3 loss, netted Pittsburgh's third goal of the third period at 11:44.

"The spotlight is not important to me," Crosby said. "You work hard all year, and even before that, you work hard your whole life to get in the NHL and then to get in the playoffs. Where the spotlight is, that's not really a concern for me. I just want to win."

The Penguins tied it twice in the final frame before the 19-year-old NHL scoring champion gave them their second and final lead.

"Those players find the way to hurt another team and that's what he did," Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien said.

Crosby, the league's youngest Art Ross Trophy winner, drove the net and planted his stick on the ice to redirect Mark Recchi's cross-ice pass beyond goalie Ray Emery.

"You couldn't write it any better," Recchi said. "I was hoping it would stand up. I was hoping he would get that game-winner. He deserved it. He put himself in a great position and he played a heck of a game."

On the night, Sidney finished with 1 goal, 1 assist, -1, and 2 shots on goal in 17:47 of ice time.

Game 3 is Sunday Night at 6PM EST/3PM PST.

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