Senators Drop Game One, Penguins Take Early Series Lead

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Game One of the Ottawa Senators versus the Pittsburgh Penguins is in the bag folks! And boy was it a dozy for the Ottawa Senators. Despite power play opportunities galore, the Senators just could not make the magic happen in the 4-1 loss tonight.

In spite of Pittsburgh taking the first goal less than three minutes into the first period (thanks to Paul Martin on the power play), Ottawa still managed to rally and tie up the game just before the five minute mark with a wrister from Colin Greening.

Of course this would never stop the Penguins’s Evengi Malkin from tallying at least one goal as he took back the lead at 12:15 of the first.

A high point for the Senators in the first period definitely had to do with overall play from both teams. The Penguins did not launch an all-out attack force per what is expected. On the other hand, the Senators remained quite stately, keeping their defense up and pushing for the net.

The second period is where it really started to go downhill for Ottawa. Generally decent play, but not hard enough to produce points and not enough to keep the killer Penguin power play out of the net in the last two minutes of play. Chris Kunitz managed to get a wrist shot right past Anderson for the goal.

The third period didn’t fare much better. The Penguins managed a short-handed goal at 11:24 of the third off a snap shot from Pascal Dupuis. What really made the period interesting? Well that would be the nice start of a fight with thirty second left to play. While not up to the Canadians hockey rivalry fights seen in the Montreal-Ottawa series, this battle of the second round still featured nine penalties.

So what should we look at for Game Two? Definitely less of the penalty taking; Pittsburgh is known for its power play special teams and boy do you not want to be staring that line down. Taking the puck to the net and getting those rebounds usually helps a team out too. Fans will have to wait until Friday night at 7:30 pm EST to find out if the Penguins will take an early lead or if the Senators can even the series.

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