Crosby leads Pens' Ottawa onslaught

OTTAWA — Sidney Crosby had four points, including two of Pittsburgh's five goals in the second period, leading the Penguins to a 7-4 victory over the Senators on Tuesday night and a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series.

Crosby assisted on Evgeni Malkin's power-play goal 11:50 in, the only score of the first period.

Crosby scored two of Pittsburgh's three goals in 2 minutes, 25 seconds early in the second. Matt Cooke scored 12 seconds after Crosby's first goal to make it 3-0, and Crosby added his fourth goal of the series at 6:12 to chase goalie Brian Elliott.

Chris Kunitz had a goal and two assists and Maxime Talbot had a goal and an assist as the teams combined for eight goals in the second, one short of the league playoff record for goals in a period.

Two teams have scored a combined nine goals in a period twice in playoff history, most recently Los Angeles (five) and Calgary (four) in the second period of the Kings' 12-4 win at the Forum on April 10, 1990.

Jordan Staal scored in the third period for the Penguins, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves for his third straight win.

Sergei Gonchar had three assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who need one more win to claim their second first-round series win over Ottawa in three years.

Matt Cullen had a goal and two assists for Ottawa. Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist, and Chris Neil scored his second.

Elliott stopped 15 of 19 shots. Pascal Leclaire made 20 saves after coming on in relief in his Senators playoff debut.

Penguins 1 5 1 7
at Senators 0 3 1 4
Penguins lead series 3-1

First Period1, Pittsburgh, Malkin 4 (Gonchar, Crosby), 11:50 (pp). PenaltiesTalbot, Pit (roughing), 6:37; Neil, Ott (roughing), 6:37; Kelly, Ott (roughing), 6:37; Volchenkov, Ott (hooking), 10:35; Rupp, Pit (roughing), 13:46; Karlsson, Ott (roughing), 13:46; Crosby, Pit (slashing), 15:33.

Second Period2, Pittsburgh, Crosby 3 (Kunitz, Gonchar), 3:47. 3, Pittsburgh, Cooke 1 (Talbot), 3:59. 4, Pittsburgh, Crosby 4 (Gonchar, Kunitz), 6:12. 5, Ottawa, Neil 2 (Campoli, Kelly), 7:06. 6, Ottawa, Alfredsson 1 (Karlsson, Cullen), 10:59. 7, Pittsburgh, Talbot 1 (Adams), 12:38 (sh). 8, Ottawa, Cullen 2 (Spezza, Alfredsson), 13:19 (pp). 9, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 1 (Crosby, Guerin), 18:11. PenaltiesNeil, Ott (roughing), 7:06; Staal, Pit (hooking), 11:45; McKee, Pit (hooking), 13:07; Ottawa bench, served by Foligno (too many men), 19:11.

Third Period10, Ottawa, Spezza 1 (Karlsson, Cullen), 7:37 (pp). 11, Pittsburgh, Staal 1 (Goligoski, Ponikarovsky), 12:27 (pp). PenaltiesOttawa bench, served by Foligno (too many men), 2:22; Kunitz, Pit (interference), 6:44; Cooke, Pit (hooking), 7:04; Sutton, Ott (hooking), 10:33; Cooke, Pit (roughing), 18:23; Ruutu, Ott, double minor-misconduct (roughing), 18:23; Neil, Ott, minor-misconduct (cross-checking), 18:23; Sutton, Ott (cross-checking), 19:36; Carkner, Ott, misconduct, 19:36. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 14-17-11—42. Ottawa 6-14-10—30. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 2 of 7; Ottawa 2 of 5. GoaliesPittsburgh, Fleury 3-1-0 (30 shots-26 saves). Ottawa, Elliott 1-3-0 (19-15), Leclaire (6:12 second, 23-20). A20,014 (19,153).

Flyers 4, Devils 1: Jeff Carter scored two goals and Danny Briere one to end their playoff scoring droughts and lead host Philadelphia to a 3-1 series lead.

The Devils haven't won three straight games since they won five straight from Dec. 12 to 21.

Unlikely postseason star Daniel Carcillo scored his second goal in two games for the Flyers. But he hasn't strayed from his fighting roots. He got a 10-minute misconduct late in the game.

Carter and Briere were held without a point in the first three games after combining for 114 this season. Carter led the Flyers in goals, and Briere was third.

Without their production, the Flyers relied on clutch on goals from Chris Pronger and Carcillo to win Games 1 and 3.

Carter went first on this night, firing a wrister on the power play past stunned Devils goalie Martin Brodeur on the glove side to tie the score at 1 in the second. Briere got an assist, then gave the Flyers the lead they wouldn't relinquish.

at Flyers 0 2 2 4
Devils 1 0 0 1
Flyers lead series 3-1

First Period1, New Jersey, Kovalchuk 2 (Parise, Rolston), 12:24 (pp). PenaltiesNiedermayer, NJ (hooking), 2:02; Richards, Phi (hooking), 8:59; Coburn, Phi (holding), 10:53; Pronger, Phi (cross-checking), 12:01.

Second Period2, Philadelphia, Carter 1 (Briere, Timonen), 9:08 (pp). 3, Philadelphia, Briere 1 (Coburn), 17:27. PenaltiesZubrus, NJ (cross-checking), :11; Niedermayer, NJ (interference), 8:51; Powe, Phi (cross-checking), 10:52; Carcillo, Phi (slashing), 14:55; Carle, Phi (tripping), 16:56; Zajac, NJ (cross-checking), 17:03; van Riemsdyk, Phi (roughing), 19:55.

Third Period4, Philadelphia, Carcillo 2 (Carter), 4:10. 5, Philadelphia, Carter 2 (Pronger, Briere), 9:28 (pp). PenaltiesNew Jersey bench, served by Kovalchuk (too many men), 5:33; Timonen, Phi (hooking), 6:00; Salvador, NJ (tripping), 7:35; Langenbrunner, NJ (holding), 8:13; Zubrus, NJ (tripping), 16:33; Letourneau-Leblond, NJ, misconduct, 16:33; Carcillo, Phi, misconduct, 16:33; Clarkson, NJ, misconduct, 19:50. Shots on GoalNew Jersey 12-8-11—31. Philadelphia 7-12-9—28. Power-play opportunitiesNew Jersey 1 of 8; Philadelphia 2 of 8. GoaliesNew Jersey, Brodeur 1-3-0 (28 shots-24 saves). Philadelphia, Boucher 3-1-0 (31-30). A19,709 (19,537).

Red Wings 3, Coyotes 0: Jimmy Howard had a 29-save shutout and Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals to lead host Detroit to a series-evening victory. The Red Wings stuck with their rookie goalie after he gave up four goals in each of the previous two games, choosing to keep veteran Stanley Cup winner Chris Osgood on the bench. Howard rewarded their faith.

He passed his first test by making a kick save on Sami Lepisto's shot in the opening minute and finished with a shutout for the first time in his four career playoff games. Phoenix's Ilya Bryzgalov, a finalist for the league's top goalie award, stopped the first 24 shots he faced and kept Detroit scoreless for nearly 35 minutes. But he gave up goals on three of the last 10 shots against him.

at Red Wings 0 1 2 3
Coyotes 0 0 0 0
Series tied 2-2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesCleary, Det (interference), 3:56; Fiddler, Pho (roughing), 8:23; Miller, Det (roughing), 8:23; Nokelainen, Pho (interference), 15:06; Prucha, Pho (hooking), 18:38.

Second Period1, Detroit, Zetterberg 4 (Kronwall, Rafalski), 15:33 (pp). PenaltiesFranzen, Det (interference), 7:36; Hanzal, Pho (holding), 14:01; Datsyuk, Det (boarding), 15:55.

Third Period2, Detroit, Datsyuk 2 (Franzen, Lidstrom), 15:53. 3, Detroit, Zetterberg 5 (Bertuzzi, Stuart), 16:18. PenaltiesFranzen, Det (roughing), 10:20; Lilja, Det (hooking), 12:02; Datsyuk, Det (delay of game), 18:19. Shots on GoalPhoenix 9-14-6—29. Detroit 17-9-9—35. Power-play opportunitiesPhoenix 0 of 6; Detroit 1 of 3. GoaliesPhoenix, Bryzgalov 2-2-0 (35 shots-32 saves). Detroit, Howard 2-2-0 (29-29). A20,066 (20,066).

Selke nominees: The Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk, the Canucks' Ryan Kesler and the Penguins' Jordan Staal are the finalists for the award given to the league's top defensive forward. Datsyuk won the past two years. Kesler was a finalist last year. Staal, in his third season in the league, is a first-time finalist. The winner will be announced June 23.

TV ratings: Ratings for the start of the playoffs are reaching prelockout levels. The first five nights of coverage on Versus had the highest cable ratings for the beginning of the postseason since 2002. The average of 543,000 viewers is up 21 percent from last year.

Crosby leads Pens' Ottawa onslaught 04/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 11:44pm]

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