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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators took the first game of the Stanley Cup quarterfinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 6-3 win Wednesday night.

Andrej Meszaros rifled a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury 1:37 into the game for a 1-0 Senators lead.

Chris Kelly found the back of the net 6:38 into the game as he picked up a rebound of a blocked shot for a 2-0 Ottawa advantage.

Tom Preissing fired a power-play goal past Fleury to give the Senators a 3-0 advantage with 5:22 left in the second period.

Jordan Staal poked a rebound past Ray Emery with 3:02 left in the period to slice the deficit to 3-1. Behind the net, Max Talbot circled around and fired a shot on goal. Emery stopped the shot, but the puck dropped by his left skate. Before he could cover it, Staal poked it in the net. Ryan Whitney added the other assist.

Dany Heatley found the back of the nine seconds into the third period as he swept in a blocked shot for a power-play goal.

Sidney Crosby apparently responded 15 seconds later as he crashed the net and tallied a goal when he slid into the net. However, the goal was waved off upon further review by the video goal judge.

Chris Neill scored a goal on a breakaway 5:39 into the third period for a 5-1 lead.

Mike Comrie found the back of the net with 11:38 left in the contest for a 6-1 advantage.

Jocelyn Thibault replaced Fleury in goal for the Penguins following the goal.

Sergei Gonchar rifled a power-play goal past Emery with 7:18 remaining for a power-play goal. Evgeni Malkin sent a pass across the slot to Gonchar, who fired a laser into the net. Mark Recchi added an assist.

Crosby got his first playoff goal with 49 seconds left in the contest. He took a Gonchar pass and skated across the slot and lifted the puck past Emery. Recchi added an assist.

The two teams meet again Saturday at 3 p.m. in Ottawa.


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