Thursday, April 19, 2007

Game 5: Penguins 0 - Senators 3: GAME OVER!

Sidney Crosby

So long, sayanora, ciao... Sidney Crosby and the Penguins fizzled out with a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators, losing the series 4-0 and going out like a lamb...

Crosby finished the game pointless (duh) in 23:44 of ice time with 6 shots on goal.

With 5 points in 5 games, Crosby's first playoff mirrors those of past greats like Lemieux and Gretzky, although we all expected more.

His 'lack' of production was certainly not for a lack of effort, as Crosby was flying all over the ice and firing shot after shot. If Sidney's teammates showed up 1/2 as much as Sid did, this series wouldn't be over. Recchi, Malkin, Armstrong... where the hell did they go?

From Yahoo! Sports:
The Ottawa Senators brought a decisive end to Sidney Crosby's teenage years in the NHL.

Ray Emery made 20 saves for his first playoff shutout, leading Ottawa to a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night to win their first-round series in five games. Dany Heatley, Antoine Vermette and Chris Kelly scored second-period goals.

The Senators scored three times in the middle period and held the 19-year-old Crosby without a point for a second straight game.

Emery helped Ottawa weather two early 5-on-3s, including one that lasted 1:14 after Dean McAmmond was given a delay of game minor for backhanding the puck over the glass with Wade Redden already in the penalty box.

Heatley scored his second goal of the series on a power play 1:08 into the second and Vermette made it 2-0 when he drove through the slot and scored on Marc-Andre Fleury.

Kelly brought the sellout crowd to its feet with a roar once again when he beat Fleury at 17:55.

Ottawa, which has never squandered a 3-1 series lead, advances to face one of the three teams in the New York area. The fourth-seeded Senators will either travel to No. 2 New Jersey, or host the sixth-seeded New York Rangers or the eighth-seeded New York Islanders when the second round begins.

NOW, the question is whether Crosby will join Team Canada at the World Championships. It would be a great way for him to get some action on the International scene.

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