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Pens Weekend Sweep Topped off With 7-0 Blowout

The Pittsburgh Penguins won on Friday in Ottawa to tie the series at 2, jumping out to a 3-0 lead and holding on at the end.  Today the Pens scored 4 in the first and drove Goalie Craig Anderson out of the Game.  The Sens brought in Condon and the Pens hammered away at him on their way to a 7-0 shut out win in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh was far and away the more aggressive team today offensively and defensively and received contributions up and down the lineup.

The Senators on the other hand had their forwards torched in the first period coughing up pucks like it was their job.   They were out of sorts and Anderson was exposed.   The difference for Ottawa, they don’t have a Matt Murray to fall back on.  Anderson is their only real option and he will likely return for game 6 at home.  Senator’s star defensman Erik Karlsson was lost today with an ankle turn. I do believe it was the same foot with the fractures.   By the end of the game, the Ottawa bench was scarce as they lost several players to injury.

Pittsburgh would get goals in the first period from Olli Maatta, followed by a Sidney Crosby power play.  Bryan Rust returned for the first time since early in the series and would pitch in a goal to extend the Pens lead 3-0.  Scott Wilson would score the Pens the 4th and final goal of the period to put the game out of reach.

In the second Period the Pens would get a goal from Matt Cullen who had several chances this afternoon.  The Penguins would score two more in the third and Murray would hold on for the shut out.  Final score in Pittsburgh 7-0.

Many were frustrated with Murray being in the net for this game, but it is clear at this point Mike Sullivan is not only confident  with his netminder but knows when to pull that string.

As for the Pens, Scott Wilson would leave the game very late in the third after taking a forearm shiver to the head.   It was ridiculous to watch and not a surprise to see from Wingels.  The officiating as a whole was bad today as the Pens were the benefit of a couple of fringe calls.  The officials missed some blatant stuff and as it got out of hand, they were calling it very close to keep the game and tempers in check. Although, they did not call the elbow at the end.

Since being inserted,  Carter Rowney for the Pens has been a difference maker.  He finished with 3 assists today and was nearly unstoppable.

Sidney Crosby scored a goal and an assist today.  That assist gave him 100 for his Playoff career.  Matt Murray won his 17th playoff game of his career and now has the 4th most in NHL history before the age of 23.

Game six will be in Ottawa on Tuesday.

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