The Pittsburgh Penguins’ team captain, Sidney Crosby, tallied his second career postseason hat trick on Friday night, lifting the Pens to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh and into a 2-games-to-none lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Crosby’s three goals came in the first 21 minutes and 15 seconds of the game, and eventually led to the departure from the game of Ottawa’s starting goaltender, Craig Anderson. Brenden Morrow scored his first goal of this year’s playoffs for Pittsburgh, and Paul Martin and Kris Letang both recorded two assists.
Pittsburgh goalie Tomas Vokoun faced only 22 shots, and made 19 saves to earn his fourth straight postseason victory.
Kyle Turris, Colin Greening and Jean-Gabriel Pageau all scored for the Senators. Anderson and his replacement, Robin Lehner, both looked at 21 of the Penguins’ 42 shots, with Anderson making 18 saves and Lehner stopping 20 shots.
Game three of the series will be played Sunday night at 7:30 PM in Ottawa. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 7:00 PM.