Sidney Crosby Gets A Goal And Assist As Pittsburgh Sweep Ottawa In Round 1 Of Stanley Cup Playoffs
Wednesday April 16, 2008
The Penguins wrap up round one of the Eastern Conference 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs by sweeping The Ottawa Senators. Last year The Senators eliminated the Penguins in five games during round one of the playoffs, this year it’s the other way around, only The Penguins did it in four games.
In game 4, Sidney Crosby scored a goal on an empty net with only eight seconds left in the game and assisted on Evgeni Malkin’s opening goal of the game during the second period. Malkin’s goal came on the power play and was his second goal of the playoffs. Ottawa’s Corey Stillman tied it up half way through the second period but five minutes later Pittsburgh’s Jarkko Ruutu, assisted by rookie Tyler Kennedy, notched the game winning goal. Crosby’s goal was the only one during the third period.
Credit must also be given to the spectacular play of goalie Marc Andre Fleury who had 21 saves this game and has performed just as well the whole series against Ottawa.
The final score was 3-1 Pittsburgh, beating Ottawa by 2 points. Pittsburgh beat Ottawa by 2 points all four games of this series.
The Penguins have not had a 4 game playoffs winning sweep since they won the Stanley Cup back in 1992. During the 1992 Stanley Cup playoffs The Penguins swept back to back series, against Boston and Chicago, emerging as The NHL Stanley Cup champions. This was also the first time the Penguins have won a series since 2001.
Sidney Crosby now officially has his first Stanley Cup playoffs series career win. This wasn’t only a first for Crosby as the majority of The Penguins team is quite young, only experiencing the playoffs once before during last year’s series against Ottawa.
Should The Penguins win the Cup it will be the first time all of them
will get to wear a championship ring with the exception of only three
players. The only three Penguins to have won a Stanley Cup in the past
are Gary Roberts and Petr Sykor with one each, and Darryl Sydor with
two. Hope is still alive that the maturing young Penguins and added
depth found in their third and fourth lines will have them all sporting
grizzly beards along with those championship rings by the end of the
2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.
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