PITTSBURGH -- For the Ottawa Senators to have any chance of upsetting the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, their best players are going to have to be their best players.
SOG: 16 | +/-: 2
That definitely was not the case in Game 2 on Friday night.
Reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson was minus-2 and had more minor penalties (one) than points, hits and shots on goal combined. Goalie Craig Anderson, the NHL regular-season leader in goals-against average and save percentage, was pulled after allowing three goals on 21 shots. Longtime captain and franchise icon Daniel Alfredsson had one shot on goal and was minus-1.
The result? A 4-3 win for the Penguins and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.
"It's one of those things where you've got to keep getting better," Anderson said. "You're going to have some adversity, and teams are going to have to battle through it."
The Senators don't have much time to do that if they are going to stay in the series. Game 3 is Sunday at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). A loss in that game could all but turn out the lights on Ottawa's season.