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4 Assists For Sidney Crosby And Pittsburgh Wins Again Taking Game 2 Over Ottawa 5-3 To Lead Eastern Conference Quarter Finals 2 Games To None

Friday April 11, 2008

sidney crosby and martin gerber game 2 2008 stanley cup playoffs

Sidney Crosby was able to pick up his first four points of the 2007-08 Stanley Cup playoffs tonight as Pittsburgh emerged victorious again 5-3 in game 2 of this Eastern Conference quarter finals series against Ottawa. During Game 1 Sidney Crosby was only able to get four shots on goal and The Senators effectively shut him down holding him pointless. Tonight game 2 was more productive for Sidney Crosby as he assisted on 4 goals and was able to get 6 shots on net. He also had more ice time tonight with 19:52 as opposed to the 17:56 that he played in game 1.

The Penguins dazzled the home crowd with vibrant energy that kept The Senators chasing and hardly able to touch the puck for much of the first period as they outshot them 20-8. A Stellar performance by Martin Gerber helped Ottawa stay afloat. Sergi Gonchar got his first goal of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs during the first period for Pittsburgh assisted by Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.

During the second period Petr Sykora scored two more goals for Pittsburgh both assisted by Evgeni Malkin, while Sidney Crosby (Sykora’s first goal) and Ryan Malone (Sykora’s second goal) were also credited with assists. In all Evgeni Malkin picked up 3 assists tonight giving him a total of 6 points during the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs (2 assists and 1 goal were notched during game one). Thanks to Petr Sykora’s two goals, Pittsburgh was ahead of Ottawa 3-0 at 10:52 of the second period. Less than 33 seconds later Shean Donovan got the first goal of the game for The Senators with another by Cory Stillman just under 5 minutes later.

By 8:56 of the third period Ottawa had rallied back into the game making it 3-3 thanks to a goal by rookie Cody Bass. For the first time this series Ottawa seemed confident. Things could have gotten ugly for The Penguins who were saved by a penalty called on Martin Lapointe for high sticking Jarkko Ruutu with 1:14 left in the game. That’s when hometown hero, Ryan Malone, with a little help from Sidney Crosby and Marian Hossa, took advantage of the situation. With Pittsburgh on the man advantage Crosby had chased down the puck and sent it to Hossa. Hossa skillfully backhanded the puck on goal where Malone picked up the rebound notching the game winning power play goal with just 1:02 left. Malone also scored the empty netter, Pittsburgh’s 54th shot on goal, with only 6 seconds left, also assisted by Sidney Crosby and Marian Hossa. The Penguins out shot The Senators 54-30 to beat their 49 shots on goal playoff regulation time record set back in 1970 against The St. Louis Blues.

The Penguins are highly skilled and the excellent play of the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marian Hossa is an asset but Pittsburgh should not underestimate The Senators and goalie Martin Gerber. It’s obvious the Senators are capable of marvelously rallying back from a deficit to potentially win a game. The power play late in tonight’s game because of Martin Lapoint’s high stick may have been what gave Pittsburgh the break they needed to win. This Monday, Sidney Crosby will march to Ottawa with former Senator Marian Hossa on his side. Perhaps this will spark Hossa into turning the remarkable chances he has been getting into goals against his former club neutralizing Ottawa’s home ice advantage. Game 3 and 4 of this Stanley Cup opening round series will take place in Ottawa starting on Monday April 14, 2008.








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