Senators take 2-1 series lead

Senators take 2-1 series lead

The 29-year-old came alive in Game 4 with a goal, an assist and five shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins topped the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night.

The Ottawa Senators, best known for stifling defense, went on an offensive explosion Wednesday, scoring four first-period goals en route to a 5-1 rout of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of their National Hockey League playoff series. "Outside of the stuff the coaches and management have to put on the ice, we go out there and if we focus on something else, we're not going to do very good".

"That's been a hard decision for this coaching staff all year long", he said.

And into the crease, too.

Whoever the Pens decide to start in goal in Game 4, the Senators are expecting a big push back from the Pens on Friday night in an attempt to send the series back to Pittsburgh knotted at two games a piece. "This is the choice that we made for Game 4".

He made maybe his best stop on a Derick Brassard backhand, kicking the shot away with his right pad.

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Fleury was thrown into action when Murray suffered a lower body injury prior to Game 1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening round of the playoffs. "I think me and (Sidney Crosby) always feel pressure every game". Fleury was pulled after allowing four goals in the first thirteen minutes of Game 3.

Ryan, himself a fine and creative offensive player, fully appreciates how frustrating it can be for the likes of Crosby, Malkin and Kessel.

"It's always a big boost when your coach has the confidence in you to play a game like this, especially after so long", Murray said. He also led his team in shots on goal, but is obviously not the unlikely source for scoring. Brian Dumoulin would later increase the Penguins lead to three. "We try to make the best decisions that we think give our team the best chance to win, and we go from there".

The reigning Conn Smythe Trophy victor, Crosby jumped up to third in playoff scoring this spring with the two-point outing (17 points in 15 games) and drew even with Bernie Federko for 10th all-time with 1.11 points per-game in the post-season (154 points in 139 games). "It's the toughest game (Friday), I think, for us".

Pittsburgh was the highest-scoring team during the regular season, but has mustered only three goals through the first three games against Ottawa. Pittsburgh seemed to find more speed, got more shots in tight and capitalized on opportunities around the net. Only Tom Pyatt and Clarke MacArthur were able to score for Ottawa. I think a lot of times we throw blankets over you and try not to give you more than five, six feet of space to make a play. He was injured for the first half of these playoffs, but now he is healthy and has a case to start Game 4. Often, the Sens struggled just to get the puck in-zone and when they did they managed little that Murray couldn't handle. Right now, at this juncture, they just need something. While defense has been an issue at times Evgeni Malkin knows they to start putting the puck in the net if they hope to move on.

Losing Schultz has impacted the power play, which is mired in a 1-for-14 slump, and forced Sullivan to shuffle his defensive pairings.

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