And that's it from Scotiabank Place as the Penguins take total control of this series with a 7-4 victory over the Senators to give themselves a 3-1 series lead. Pittsburgh will have a chance to close out the Senators in Game 5 at Mellon Arena on Thursday night.
Ruutu takes a four-minute penalty on Cooke as the Senators continue to unravel down the stretch.
The crowd is emptying out at Scotiabank Place as the fans realize this one is all over. Another skirmish breaks out between Ruutu and Cooke following a Fleury save.
The Penguins will improve to 13-12 on the road in Game 4s and they will be picking up their fifth straight Game 4 victory.
The Penguins cash in on the power play at Staal drives the net and tosses the rebound of a Kunitz shot over Leclaire to give the Penguins a seventh goal. Penguins 7, Senators 4.
The Penguins are going to have a chance to put themselves back up by three goals as Sutton takes a hooking penalty.
Cooke returns and both team have five skaters.
Spezza uses a Fisher screen on Fleury in front to throw a shot over Fleury. The goal was all Spezza as he skated the perimeter of the top of the Penguins box before creating a shot for himself. Penguins 6, Senators 4.
Ottawa will have another two-man advantage with Cooke in the box for hooking.
Kunitz is in the box for interference.
Pittsburgh falls to 1-for-4 on the power play as Ottawa kills off the minor.
The Senators take their second too many men on the ice penalty as they continue to self-destruct.
Leclaire quickly moved to his left to stop Staal on a three-on-two rush into the zone.
We have yet another stoppage for a pane of glass needing repaired yet again.
The Penguins look to finish off their 6-3 lead.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins are outshooting the Senators, 31-20.
- Evgeni Malkin
has eight shots through two periods.
- Alexei Ponikarovsky has two of the Penguins' nine takeaways.
The Penguins hold a 6-3 lead over the Senators after two periods. Pittsburgh establishes a new team postseason record with five goals in the period while the combined eight goals by both teams ties a record for one period.
The turkey is back on the table for the Penguins as the Senators get caught with too many men on the ice.
The Penguins establish a new team record by picking up their fifth goal of the period. Crosby stays with his own rebound and feeds a wide open Kunitz who fires a one-timer past Leclaire. Penguins 6, Senators 3.
Kennedy skated on the ice during the last commerical but then retreated back into the dressing room. Again, we will keep you posted.
McKee returns to the ice.
It takes the Senators 12 seconds to strike as Spezza sets Cullen up for an easy one-timer on the two-man advantage. Penguins 5, Senators 3.
Ottawa receives a two-man advantage as McKee is given a hooking penalty.
7:27: Craig Adams
lays a pass over a Senator onto the stick of Talbot, who re-directs a shot past Leclaire on the backhand for the shorthanded goal. Penguins 5, Senators 2.
Cooke made a gorgeous pass under a Senator to Crosby who just has the puck roll off his stick.
We will have a slight delay in the action as a pane of glass fell into the first row of seats as Orpik absolutely lays into Cullen in the far corner.
Now the Senators get to take a crack on the man-advantage as Staal is sent to the box for hooking.
Ottawa is making things interesting as Alfredsson takes a cross-ice pass from Karlsson and fires a one-timer past the blocker of Fleury from the top of the left cirlce for the Senators' second goal. Pittsburgh 4, Senators 2.
10:09: Tyler Kennedy
hasn't returned to the lineup since absobing a big check behind the net from the Senators Andy Sutton earlier. We will try to get an update ASAP.
10:25: Brooks Orpik
drills Cheechoo against the boards in front of the Senators bench.
The crowd here at the outdoor screen was chanting "MVP! MVP! MVP!" following Crosby's second goal of the night.
Ottawa is in the game as Chris Neil throws a rebound under a prone Fleury to get Ottawa on the board. Neil takes a stupid unsportsmanlike conduct penalty as he was celebrating. Penguins 4, Senators 1.
Fleury makes a great shoulder save on Ruutu's drive.
That will be it for Brian Elliott. Crosby sends him to the showers by ripping a shot far side from the top of the right circle off the rush. Pascal Leclaire replaces Elliott. Penguins 4, Senators 0.
The Senators used their timeout after allowing two goals in 11 seconds.
Is that the straw that broke the camel's back? Elliott misplayed the puck behind the net to Maxime Talbot, who quickly fed a wide open Matt Cooke
in front for a third goal. Penguins 3, Senators 0.
Great hustle by Chris Kunitz
to win the battle to a loose puck with a diving effort to guide the puck to Crosby, who beats Elliott to the five-hole while falling to the ice. Penguins 2, Senators 0.
: Ottawa is being very careless with the puck as Rupp just easily picked Alfredsson's pocket in the neutral zone.
Fleury makes two great saves, the first on a long drive by Andy Sutton and then the rebound from point-blank range by Peter Regin, who leads the Senators with two goals.
The Penguins hope to continue taking it to the Senators.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Evgeni Malkin
has a team-high three shots.
- Jay McKee blocked three shots.
- Sergei Gonchar led Pittsburgh with 8:13 minutes of ice time.
- Click to read the first period game summary
and event summary
What a dominant first period by the Penguins. They hold a 1-0 lead on the Senators while outshooting Ottawa by a 14-6 advantage.
Crosby is doing it all. He just made a brilliant blind backhand pass in the neutral zone to spring Letang on a rush. Letang's shot sailed just over the net.
Pittsburgh rather easily kills off the Crosby minor.
Crosby is penalized on a weak slashing call.
Do you think the Senators have figured out yet that you cannot give Crosby the puck behind the net? He just made Campoli look bad by pulling off a couple more spin moves much to the delight of the crowd gathered in front of Gate 3.
Ottawa has proven they are competent at mixing it up after the whistle in this series. This time it was Erik Karlsson battling with Mike Rupp. Both players get roughing penalties. Ottawa needs to focus more on playing hockey. The outdoor crowd sure loves the rough stuff here.
8:10: Evgeni Malkin
lays into a one-timer from almost the identical spot he scored in Game 1 and beats Elliott to pick up his fourth goal of the series. Gonchar made the pass to Malkin. Penguins 1, Senators 0.
The Penguins head right back to the man-advantage as Anton Volchenkov is off for hooking.
Early estimates on the crowd here at the outdoor screen is 1,500. Pittsburgh hockey fans continue to amaze!
Elliott has come to play tonight. He just stopped Staal's three-on-two shot and then the rebound by Alex Goligoski as the Penguins have gained momentum from the power play.
Despite a couple good looks the Senators kill the penalty.
Elliott makes a 10-bell glove save on Crosby's drive from near the point area.
The Penguins are on a power play as Fleury, Neil and Chris Kelly all receive minor penalties.
Jarkko Ruutu and Chris Neil are at it again as they cause a skirmish in front of Fleury following a save. We'll see after the TV timeout if there are any penalties.
Bill Guerin has the first good scoring chance of the contest as he is stopped by the shoulder of Brian Elliott as he shot from the right circle.
We have a couple of boos here at the outdoor screen as the fans didn't like hearing FSN's Bob Errey say that Ottawa should have been assessed a too many men on the ice penalty.
We are seeing the early push one would expect from the Ottawa Senators trailing in the series but Fleury was up to the challenge by stopping Chris Campoli's drive from the right point and the rebound attempt by Jonathan Cheechoo.
18:31: Kris Letang
has brought his hitting shoes yet again as he absolutely lays in Mike Fisher in the far corner.
The Ottawa crowd is attempting to mess with Fleury's psyche by chanting his name.
A relatively slow start as the Senators get called for a quick offside and the Penguins an icing call.
The Penguins look to take a 3-1 series lead as Marc-Andre Fleury
gets the start in goal opposite the Senators Brian Elliott.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The Penguins have won four straight Game 4s dating back to last season.
We are bringing you tonight's game live from the outdoor screen in front of Gate 3 at Mellon Arena. The lawn is filled in and the fans are going crazy. Hopefully the Penguins give them something to cheer about!
The Penguins scratches include Jordan Leopold, Ben Lovejoy
, Ruslan Fedotenko, Eric Godard and Brad Thiessen
. Brent Johnson
returns as the backup netminder after missing the last two games.
The Penguins are looking to take a commanding 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven opening round series with the Ottawa Senators as the puck drops in Game 4 at Scotiabank Place.
Author: Jason Seidling