Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pittsburgh Penguins Take Game 4 with 7-3 Romp over Ottawa Senators

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pittsburgh Penguins Take Game 4 with 7-3 Romp over Ottawa Senators

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Penguins beat Senators 7-3 in Game 4


OTTAWA - It's textbook media training for hockey players: don't utter a word about the next round of the playoffs until you have all four games of your current series in the bag.

It's a lesson Sidney Crosby has apparently learned well.

"I'm not talking about anything ahead of Game 5," was all the Pittsburgh Penguins captain would say when asked about a potential Eastern Conference final against, likely, the Boston Bruins.

But after Wednesday night's 7-3 blowout of the Ottawa Senators, it's hard to imagine Crosby and his teammates aren't starting to think about their next trip to Beantown.

Pittsburgh now holds a 3-1 series lead heading into a pivotal Game 5 at home on Friday.

The Penguins didn't just beat the Senators in Game 4 of their semifinal series. They obliterated them.

For a time -- until, say, Pittsburgh's four-goal romp in the third period -- it looked like Ottawa might make this a series.

The Senators got on the scoreboard early in the first period -- and just like Sunday's double-overtime marathon win in Game 3, they did it the hard way.

With defenceman Sergei Gonchar in the penalty box, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson fed the puck up the middle to a streaking Milan Michalek, who broke through the Penguins defence and beat Tomas Vokoun low on the glove side to put Ottawa up 1-0.

It was the first time Ottawa has led this series. But it wouldn't last.

A hot goalie can only take a team so far, and any team that lets the star-studded Penguins shoot at will is bound to eventually give up a goal.

That's exactly what happened when Ottawa lost a face-off in its own end and James Neal was there to pick up the loose puck. He fired a shot into the back of the net to tie the game at one goal apiece.

The pesky Sens, as the Twitter hash tag goes, battled back. Kyle Turris swept the puck past a sprawling Tomas Vokoun to put Ottawa ahead once more.

It was the last time the Senators would have more goals on the scoreboard than Pittsburgh.

Chris Kunitz snuck behind the Senators' defence and put one past Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson. Less than a minute later, a rebound landed right on the tape of Jarome Iginla's stick and he made it 3-2 Penguins. …

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