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Penguins 5, Senators 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 5, Senators 3
Ottawa Senators 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 5

PITTSBURGH - Ryan Malone scored Pittsburgh's third power-play goal of the game with only 1:02 remaining and the Penguins squandered a three-goal lead against Ottawa, then rallied for a 5-3 victory Friday night over the Senators and a sweep of their first two home games in the Eastern Conference playoff series.

Petr Sykora scored two of the three goals set up by Evgeni Malkin as the Penguins — who also blew a three-goal lead against Ottawa at home on Feb. 23 and lost 4-3 in overtime — dodged what might have been a frantic, series-changing rally by Ottawa.

Malone added an empty net goal with 6.5 seconds remaining — the Penguins' 54th shot, easily their most in regulation in their playoff history. The previous record was 49 shots.

Sergei Gonchar also scored and Sidney Crosby, held scoreless as Pittsburgh won 4-0 in Game 1, had four assists. The series now shifts to Ottawa for Game 3 on Monday and Game 4 on Wednesday. The Senators have never won any of the six previous playoff rounds in which they trailed 2-0, including last season's five-game Stanley Cup final against Anaheim.

Martin Lapointe's high-sticking penalty on Jarkko Ruutu at centre ice with 1:14 remaining put Pittsburgh on its sixth power play. Crosby controlled the puck after the faceoff, fought off defenceman Anton Volchenkov in the corner and got it to Martin Hossa. Malone grabbed the rebound, went behind the net and stuffed a wraparound inside the post past an outstretched Martin Gerber.

After Pittsburgh scored the first seven goals of the series, the Senators — desperately trying to salvage a game in Pittsburgh — finally got to Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to tie it on goals by Shean Donovan, Cory Stillman and Cory Bass. Bass' first career playoff goal tied it with slightly more than nine minutes remaining.

Until then, the Senators had no answer for Malkin's playmaking and stickhandling, which led to a series of scoring chances, or the agitation of longtime playoff opponent Gary Roberts, who drew several early penalties. Roberts had two goals in Game 1 despite missing all but one game in the second half of the season with a broken leg.

The Senators' offence looked lost without injured captain Daniel Alfredsson for a game and a half, only to quickly find itself after it looked like Pittsburgh might win in another rout.

Donovan, a former Pittsburgh forward, scored 33 seconds following Sykora's second goal, after he redirected Chris Neil's pass along the goal line. Stillman scored less than five minutes later as Ottawa converted for the first time in its nine power-play chances in the series, steering a shot between Fleury's pads from the crease as he and teammate Jason Spezza both punched at the puck.

The Senators won that Feb. 23 game on Alfredsson's goal with four seconds left in overtime.

Notes: Volchenkov returned despite having a swollen forehead that needed 15 stitches, after he was struck in the helmet by Malkin's slap shot in Game 1 ... Ottawa has never won more than two games in a series in which it trailed 2-0 ... The Penguins lost two of the 10 previous series they led 2-0, to the Islanders in 1975 and the Flyers in 2000 ... Sykora has never had a hat trick in 935 career games in the regular season and playoffs ... The Penguins have won 10 in a row in Pittsburgh ... The Penguins last led a playoff round 2-0 in 2001, when they needed seven games to eliminate Buffalo ... Pittsburgh has won Game 2 in its last seven playoff series.

scoring summary
1st Period
16:10
PIT
PPG - Sergei Gonchar (1) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (3), Sidney Crosby (1)
1 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
05:22
PIT
PPG - Petr Sykora (2) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (4), Sidney Crosby (2)
2 - 0 PIT
10:52
PIT
Petr Sykora (3) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (5), Ryan Malone (2)
3 - 0 PIT
11:25
OTT
Shean Donovan (1) ASST: Chris Neil (1), Mike Commodore (1)
3 - 1 PIT
16:11
OTT
PPG - Cory Stillman (1) ASST: Dany Heatley (1), Andrej Meszaros (1)
3 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
08:51
OTT
Cody Bass (1) ASST: Randy Robitaille (1), Mike Commodore (2)
3 - 3 Tie
18:58
PIT
PPG - Ryan Malone (1) ASST: Marian Hossa (2), Sidney Crosby (3)
4 - 3 PIT
19:53
PIT
EN - Ryan Malone (2) ASST: Marian Hossa (3), Sidney Crosby (4)
5 - 3 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
07:42
OTT
Andrej Meszaros  Roughing against  Jordan Staal
07:42
PIT
Jordan Staal  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Andrej Meszaros
10:08
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Holding against  Pascal Dupuis
14:12
OTT
Chris Neil  Slashing against  Maxime Talbot
15:12
OTT
Chris Phillips  Holding against  Sidney Crosby
2nd Period
04:17
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hi-sticking against  Gary Roberts
08:34
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Interference against  Dean McAmmond
13:07
OTT
Christoph Schubert  Hooking against  Maxime Talbot
15:21
PIT
Tyler Kennedy  Hooking against  Wade Redden
3rd Period
15:20
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Hal Gill
15:20
PIT
Hal Gill  Roughing against  Chris Neil
18:46
OTT
Martin Lapointe  Hi-sticking against  Jarkko Ruutu
20:00
OTT
Chris Neil  Misconduct
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
SA: 53TOI: 59:51
Saves: 49EV: 36 - 37
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 15
SV%: .925SH: 1 - 1
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 30TOI: 58:51
Saves: 27EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0