The Pittsburgh Penguins are cruising through their Round 2 Series against the Ottawa Senators with the help of Sidney Crosby’s hat trick yesterday. Crosby the most amazing player in the NHL has come back stronger and even better than before leading his team to victory last night in Game 2 against the Senators. The Penguins and the Senators are full of talent but the advantage the Penguins showed was their depth and experience. Crosby opened up scoring early in the game. The Islanders would come back to score, tying up the game 1-1. Then Senators left a wide open opportunity for Crosby and took the puck to the net, claiming a 2-1 lead. During the first period the Senators had poor plays and they gave away too many penalties. Early in the second period Crosby scored his hat trick goal, at which point the Senators took Anderson out of the net for the night. Crosby has reached his 100th goal in his 75th game of the post season. Four players in the NHL have reached 100 points in the postseason faster: Wayne Gretzky 46 games, Mario Lemieux 50 games, Jari Kurri 67 games and Mike Bossy 74 games. The Senators were targeting the major talent but Crosby was scoring with ease, proving how dangerous he is with the puck. Greening responded to the Penguins, scoring, 2-3 making this a 1 goal game. The Penguins would come back taking a two point lead, 4-2 they were ready to run away with this game. During the third period the Penguins started taking penalties, the game changed a little and it could have been any teams chance to win. The Senators came back with a point but then could not use any power plays to their advantage to put a nail in the coffin. The Penguins took home the victory for Game 2, 4-3.
The Penguins have played such great games, building upon their successes and coming back stronger. Going into this series against such a great team, it did not appear it would be as easy to beat the Senators as it has been. The Senators are really in danger of being eliminated in 4 games, which would be such a shame for this young team that is filled with great talent. The Senators need to focus on staying out of the penalty box, covering Crosby, closing lanes and playing a solid 5 on 5 game. Looking back to the regular season when the Penguins were on a month long winning streak, could this be another solid streak for the Penguins? It would be impressing to see them shut the Ottawa Senators down in 4 games.