Penguins knot series with 3-2 win over Senators


The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final on Friday night. Fleury has earned the right to play between the pipes in Game 4 and redeem himself by helping the Penguins tie the series.

Goaltending hasn't really been the problem for Pittsburgh of late, Game 3 aside. But the Penguins, in need of scoring from stars and secondary contributors alike, found saving graces in the form of Maatta, who scored his first career playoff goal, and Brian Dumoulin, who needed the game-winner and his second tally of the season when he banked a point shot off of Ottawa defenseman Dion Phaneuf's skate midway through the second period.

Clarke MacArthur and Tom Pyatt scored for Ottawa.

Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray are both proven champions. We gave a push, we always do. "I've had to come back from injury before this year, and basically tried not to think about it, just kind of jump in and just play".

"I was just trying to create traffic or create a balance and create havoc in front", Perry said.

One look at the scoreboard from each of Pittsburgh's showdowns with the Senators and it shouldn't take long to see that the Pens have been absolutely bottled up by Guy Boucher's blue line.

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That combined with the fact the Senators play a sytem that just isn't going to allow too much offense on the rush means Crosby and his linemates will have to generate in other areas at even strength.

If it was a spark he wanted with the goalie change, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan got it in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Murray had been sidelined with a lower-body injury prior to his return on Wednesday.

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“A good chunk of us have played together for a while, been through different situations, ” Crosby said. While defense has been an issue at times Evgeni Malkin knows they to start putting the puck in the net if they hope to move on. I forgot who came out in the lane, but he did a good job. Murray-Pittsburgh's regular-season leader in starts (49), wins (32), goals-against average (2.41) and save percentage (.932)-missed the start of the postseason due to injury. Neither goalie was available to the media on the morning of Game 4, as is customary for Penguins goalies on gameday.

"It's not as bad as we thought".

"We never take these decisions lightly", Sullivan said.

While neither team was successful in scoring with the man advantage in the first two games of this series, the Penguins have been more successful in capitalizing on their power plays.

Ottawa, looking crisp and confident, finished the flurry 24 seconds after Brassard's goal, with Smith beating Fleury on a wrap-around, chasing Fleury from the game.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said early mistakes cost them the game.

"It can be a frustrating system to try and get through, when we're making you dump it all the time and you're not able to float through the neutral zone with the puck, it probably gets wearing", Sens winger Bobby Ryan said. “These guys have both helped us win games. "I put that one behind already and I'll be ready to go".

Penguins' Phil Kessel (81), Chris Kunitz (14) and Jake Guentzel (59) celebrate the winning shootout goal against the Edmonton Oilers in March.

McDavid and the Oilers, who are receiving their first exposure to the playoffs, are 11-2 in their last 13 home games against fellow Pacific Division teams.