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CHICAGO (AP) - Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk is one of the NHL's most feared scorers, a wizard with the puck who is equally adept at setting up his teammates for easy plays. Chicago's Jonathan Toews has at least 23 goals in each of his six seasons in the league.
If you want to stop a Datsyuk or Toews, well, it sure helps to have a Datsyuk or Toews.
Two of the three finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the NHL's best defensive forward are taking center stage as the Red Wings and Blackhawks tangle with a berth in the Western Conference finals on the line, and it's no coincidence. The league's top teams count on their forwards to come back and pressure the opponent's top scorers, not only for defensive purposes but also to create chances on the other end.
"You need those kind of players to win, to be successful. Because you're going to have times, usually half the time in your shift you're going to be in your own end or you're going to have to be defending,' said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, a former NHL defenseman, "and knowing where you have to go and coming up with loose pucks or forcing these guys to make indirect plays where you get the puck back, there's a skill involved there and there's some work that's involved.'
Datsyuk and Toews will be back on the ice when Chicago hosts Detroit in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.
The Blackhawks used a dominant final two periods to beat the Red Wings 4-1 on Wednesday night, shutting down Detroit's leading trio of Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. Datsyuk played more than 21 minutes, but was held without a point and did not attempt a shot after he had two goals and five assists in the first round against Anaheim.
Datsyuk's struggles against the Blackhawks are nothing new. He didn't have a point in four regular season games versus Chicago and also failed to register a shot in the final two. Combined with the opener, Datsyuk has now gone almost exactly 60 minutes of ice time without putting a shot on night against the Blackhawks.
"He's going to be a top player in this series. We know that. They know that,' forward Patrick Sharp said after Chicago practiced on Friday. "It's just hopefully we can contain him in some way.'
Datsyuk had 15 goals and 34 assists in 47 games this season, helping Detroit reach the playoffs for the 22nd straight season. The three-time Selke winner also tied Toews for the NHL lead with 56 takeaways and won 55 percent of his faceoffs.
The 34-year-old Russian center, who was selected in the sixth round of the 1998 draft, is way more than just an offensive wizard.
"He can come out of nowhere and steal the puck from you and make a play, and before you know it, it's in your net,' Toews said. "He's as skilled as they come on both sides of the puck and obviously a tough guy. You've got to go out there and try to outwork him every shift, because it's tough to outclass him any other way.'
Toews is coming off another solid season, when he tied Patrick Kane for the team lead with 23 goals and also contributed 25 assists in 47 games. The captain also had career-high plus-28 rating as Chicago captured the Presidents' Trophy awarded to the team with the most points in the regular season.
"We play same type of game,' Datsyuk said. "We fight every year against each other. It's not easy. When a good player plays against a good player every time they make each other better.'
The Red Wings are desperate for anything to make themselves better after being outshot 42-21 - 36-14 over the final two periods - in the opener, and they may get a boost up front Saturday. Forward Drew Miller has pronounced himself ready to return after missing four weeks with a broken thumb.
Though he says he doesn't feel 100 percent, Miller - one of Detroit's regular penalty killers - believes he can help.
Coach Mike Babcock isn't sure whose spot Miller would take - fourth-liners Todd Bertuzzi or Patrick Eaves would be likely candidates - but he's certain of one thing.
"If Drew Miller's in a position to help our team (Saturday), he'll play," Babcock told the team's official website.
Detroit needs to figure out why it seems to wear down toward the end of games. Fifteen of the 25 goals the Red Wings have allowed in the playoffs have come in the third period, including three Chicago tallies on Wednesday.
"I saw us practice (Tuesday) and I wasn't surprised when I saw us (in Game 1)," Babcock said. "I didn't think we were very quick and executed. We're not trying to take anything away from them. They were better than us. The score (Wednesday) was more than fair as far as I'm concerned. They were better."
Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith and forward Michal Handzus missed practice Friday, but Quenneville said both are fine and should play.
It's unclear if Viktor Stalberg will join them in the lineup. The speedy winger worked outside of the top four lines in practice once again after being benched for Game 1, and he said Quenneville wants him "to produce more and be more effective.'
One area where Detroit would like to be more effective is on its power play, which produced six goals in the first round. But the Red Wings went 0 for 3 in the opener as Chicago extended its impressive streak of successful penalty kills to 29 dating to April 22.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A dizzying 22-second span that led to a pair of Los Angeles power play goals turned what appeared to be destined to be a tied series into an 0-2 hole for the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks players say it didn't take much longer than that for them to put their Game 2 collapse behind them and turn their focus to defending home ice the next two games so they can tie their second-round series with the Kings.
``Coming in today, we could have been hanging our heads and moping around,' defenseman Brad Stuart said Friday. ``But I don't sense that at all. Obviously, guys aren't feeling good about what happened last night but when you look at the big picture, we feel good about knowing what we have to do and what we can control.'
So instead of looking back at the two late penalties that led to the two power-play goals that turned a 3-2 lead into a 4-3 loss, the Sharks would rather bank on the fact that they managed to score three goals against Jonathan Quick, outplayed the Stanley Cup champions for much of the night and now have home-ice advantage for the next two games beginning Saturday night in Game 3.
San Jose lost just twice in regulation at home all season, winning both meetings against the Kings and both games in a first-round sweep against Vancouver.
``We did a lot of really good things,' forward Logan Couture said. ``I thought we deserved to win that game. But we're down 2-0. It's time to come into our building. It's going to be loud. The fans are going to be into it. We have to find a way to win.'
The biggest areas of concern for San Jose are on the special teams that dominated the first round. The Sharks are 0-for-7 on the power play although they did score 5 seconds after Alec Martinez came out of the box Thursday night and allowed three power-play goals to the Kings in Game 2.
The Sharks appeared on their way to tying the series when they took a 3-2 lead into the closing minutes in Los Angeles on Thursday night. But that all changed after Stuart was called for tripping Tyler Toffoli with 2:41 to play.
The situation only got more dire seconds later when San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic flipped the puck into the stands for a two-minute delay of game penalty that irked the Sharks because they thought the puck deflected off Jeff Carter's shoulder.
``It clearly changed directions,' Vlasic said. ``I'll leave it at that.'
Dustin Brown then converted a rebound on a 5-on-3 advantage to tie the game with 1:43 left. Before the Sharks could even settle down, the Kings scored the game-winner when Trevor Lewis scored on a rebound 22 seconds later.
The Kings became just the third team since at least 1987-88 to win a playoff game in regulation when losing in the final two minutes, according to STATS LLC. Los Angeles knows it can't always count on a late-game escape to win.
``It was one of those games where we weren't as sharp as we wanted to be, but in the end, we pulled it off,' center Anze Kopitar said. ``Sometimes that happens, but we realize we've got to play better.'
The Kings have plenty of experience building on a 2-0 playoff lead, having won the first three games in all four rounds last year on the way to the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.
They were on the other end in the first round, having dropped the first two games in St. Louis in rather painful fashion when they allowed a short-handed goal in overtime by Alexander Steen after a misplay by Quick and a game-winning goal by Barret Jackman in the final minute of Game 2.
Los Angeles answered with four straight wins to eliminate the Blues followed by the two wins over the Sharks.
``We've had that experience this playoff already. I mean, we were down 2-0 in the last series. We were out of the series,' coach Darryl Sutter said. ``We were down 2-0 early in Game 4. We were out of the game. That's what playoffs are about. It's sort of frustrating to answer those questions, quite honestly, because our playoffs are four out of seven series, which means generally, when you break it down, every series goes six games, which means somebody wins four and if you do your math, somebody loses two. You don't win every period, you don't win every shift, and you don't win every game.'
NOTES: Kings injured F Kyle Clifford skated with the regulars at practice, but Sutter wouldn't say whether he would travel to San Jose. ... Sharks F Marty Havlat said he is getting closer to returning from a lower-body injury that has sidelined him since Game 1 in the first round. ... Sharks coach Todd McLellan said D Jason Demers (lower body) is close to being able to return for the first time since April 18.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins have three rookie defensemen in the lineup for the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers.
It's not because they want to.
It's because they have to.
``As you know, we're getting thin here,' Bruins coach Claude Julien said on Friday, a day after Torey Krug, in his first career NHL playoff game, scored to send the game into overtime and Boston defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 1 of their best-of-seven, second-round playoff series.
With veterans Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden injured, the Bruins used first-round draft pick Dougie Hamilton along with Krug and Mart Bartkowski on defense. Hamilton assisted on Krug's goal with 2:55 left in regulation, and Bartkowski played a career-high 26 minutes in the 3-2 victory over the Rangers.
``For a coach, you couldn't ask for a better situation,' Julien said on Friday, when his team took the day off to rest up for Sunday's Game 2. ``A lot of credit goes to the coaching staff down there (in the minor leagues) that's done a great job at preparing those guys.'
Julien would not say whether any of his injured players would be able to return for the second game. If not, he'll continue to rely on his rookies. Hamilton, who made the team out of training camp and played 42 games in the lockout-shortened season, said it helps to know that he won't be yanked out of the lineup with one bad shift.
Even if it's only because the Bruins have no choice.
``For all of us, it's not just trying to belong, but getting that opportunity to get regular shifts. It helps you stay focused,' he said. ``It makes it easier when you have that confidence that you can just stay in the game and focus on the game.'
Hamilton, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2011 draft, had five goals and 11 assists this season while averaging about 17 minutes per game. But he moved up the depth chart when injuries stripped the Bruins of three of their top six defensemen.
``We've got to remember that he's 19 years old,' Julien said. ``He's made some unbelievable plays on some goals; we saw that early when he came in and we seemed in awe of that. Playoffs is another step and he's taken that step extremely well, to me.'
To help fill in, the Bruins called Bartkowski up from the AHL for the third time this year; he had two assists and six penalty minutes in 11 games for Boston this year. And Krug, who's played three NHL games in the past two seasons, was brought up from Providence on Tuesday after Seidenberg lasted just 37 seconds in the first-round finale over Toronto.
``What we've seen from (Krug) the few games he's played with us, he doesn't seem to be intimidated by anything, or any circumstances,' Julien said. ``I didn't see a guy that was nervous at all. If anything, I saw a guy that was extremely confident at making the executions that he needed to make.'
The other change the Bruins made on defense was to rely even more heavily on Zdeno Chara. The 2009 Norris Trophy-winner, who averaged about 25 minutes per game in the regular season, has played about 30 minutes per game in the playoffs, including 35 minutes in Game 7 against the Maple Leafs and more than 38 in the opener of the Rangers series.
``He's in great shape, and he's got a couple of days here to recover. So I don't see that being an issue,' Julien said. ``To be honest with you, right now we don't have a choice. You deal with it the best way you can.'
And so do the Rangers.
``With all the minutes he has, the more tired he's going to get,' New York defenseman Steve Eminger said. ``At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if they have six veterans (on defense). We just have to put even more pressure on them and generate more offensively.'
The Rangers hope some of that offense will come from Rick Nash and Brad Richards, who have one goal between them in eight playoff games. Nash did have an assist Thursday - his third of the postseason - but has yet to find the back of the net despite taking a team-high 28 shots.
Another concern is New York's power play, which went 0 for 3 in Game 1 and has failed to convert in 14 opportunities over the last four games. The Rangers are 2 for 31 with the man advantage in the playoffs and coach John Tortorella tried to light a fire under forward Carl Hagelin, who's tied for second on the team with five points in the postseason.
"I think he's too quick," Tortorella told NHL.com when asked why Hagelin is struggling on the power-play units. "I'd like to put him out on the power play but he stinks on the power play. I can't figure it out. I can't. I love the guy. He is such an effective player, but he, as I said many times, stinks on the power play.
"But he may get an opportunity if we keep on going here."
Henrik Lundqvist, who made 45 saves in the opener, has suffered three of his four losses in the postseason in overtime.
OTTAWA (AP) - Jason Spezza doesn't have much time to return to form if the Ottawa Senators want to extend their season.
The star forward hasn't played since Jan. 27 after undergoing back surgery for a herniated disk. He'll rejoin Ottawa's lineup Sunday for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Senators trailing 2-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
``I'm excited to have a chance to play again,' Spezza said. ``I feel ready to play.'
He will immediately add depth to a struggling offense and power play.
``We're excited about the skill that he brings back to our team and we're looking forward to it,' Senators coach Paul MacLean said. ``We certainly feel that he's going to give us some help on the power play, for sure. He can help us quite a bit there.'
The Senators' power play has gone 1 for 7 through the first two games.
Spezza's minutes will be monitored, and MacLean suggested his time on the ice could vary depending on the number of power plays the Senators get.
Spezza is expected to line up with Milan Michalek and possibly Colin Greening.
``He's such a skilled playmaker that if you're on the ice with him you know to keep your stick on the ice because he finds a way to get the puck to you,' Zack Smith said. ``When you're playing with guys like that, you're just more prone to go to the net and go to those areas and be more confident.'
Spezza hopes his timing comes back quickly.
``Basically I'm just going to go out and work hard and be smart,' he said. ``I expect to play well.
``I wouldn't play unless I felt I could help the team and contribute.'
Spezza had two goals and three assists in just five games during the regular season.
``It's going to be important to be in his face right away and make sure he doesn't have time and space,' Pittsburgh's Kris Letang said. ``He's got good hands, so he can make you look really bad. So if you're in his face and have a good gap, you have a better chance of having success against him.'
The Senators are undefeated at Scotiabank Place in the playoffs this year.
``We need to play to our identity,' MacLean said. ``We have to try and establish our game first. What hurt us in the first two games is not getting off to a (good) start, and we're down in the first three minutes of both games and catch-up hockey is losing hockey.'
Despite being pulled after allowing three goals in Friday's game, Craig Anderson will get the start Sunday.
``They're going to be desperate and we know this is going to be the toughest test yet,' Sidney Crosby said. ``We need to start well, but just a play a complete game and give ourselves a chance.'
History suggests the Senators might not have one when it comes to winning this series, as Ottawa has never done so after dropping the first two games.
Rallying against the Penguins certainly means tighter defense on Crosby. Ottawa played tentatively in its own end against the superstar in Game 2, and Crosby took advantage by needing just over one period to complete his second playoff hat trick in the 4-3 victory.
``He's one of the best in the game and if you give him time, space to make plays, to shoot puck he's going to burn you,' defenseman Chris Phillips said. ``That's what we did tonight. We gave him too much room and he took advantage.'
Pittsburgh outshot Ottawa 42-22 after the Senators held a 36-30 advantage in the opener. The Penguins will look for a similar effort as they look to take a stranglehold on the series before a hostile crowd.
``I think that we just turn the page on this one, move onto the next and prepare the same way,' Crosby said. ``I don't think we need to get caught up in the fact that we won two here. They're going to be pretty desperate so we better be ready to go in Ottawa.'
NY Rangers at Boston
The Rangers look to bounce back from their loss in Game 1 and build on their 7-3 record in their last 10 games versus the Bruins. New York is the pick (+110) according to Dunkel, which has the Rangers favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (+110). Here are all of today's picks.
SUNDAY, MAY 19
Game 17-18: NY Rangers at Boston (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Rangers 12.414; Boston 11.461
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Rangers by 1; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Boston (-130); 5
Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (+110); Under
Game 19-20: Pittsburgh at Ottawa (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh 12.877; Ottawa 13.794
Dunkel Line & Total: Ottawa by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-130); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Ottawa (+130); Over
NY RANGERS (30-19-0-7, 67 pts.) at BOSTON (33-17-0-6, 72 pts.) - 5/19/2013, 3:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 8-12 ATS (-11.9 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 213-195 ATS (-92.8 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.
Head-to-Head Series History
NY RANGERS is 8-4 (+5.0 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 8-4-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.1 Units)
PITTSBURGH (42-14-0-0, 84 pts.) at OTTAWA (29-20-0-6, 64 pts.) - 5/19/2013, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PITTSBURGH is 42-14 ATS (+19.1 Units) in all games this season.
PITTSBURGH is 19-4 ATS (+12.3 Units) after a 3 game unbeaten streak this season.
PITTSBURGH is 15-2 ATS (+12.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
PITTSBURGH is 25-7 ATS (+16.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 42-14 ATS (+19.1 Units) second half of the season this season.
PITTSBURGH is 9-1 ATS (+7.5 Units) on Sunday games this season.
OTTAWA is 78-81 ATS (-50.3 Units) in home games revenging a loss versus opponent since 1996.
OTTAWA is 39-45 ATS (-33.2 Units) in home games after playing 3 consecutive road games since 1996.
Head-to-Head Series History
PITTSBURGH is 9-4 (+2.9 Units) against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 9-4-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.4 Units)
Pittsburgh is 5-0 vs Senators this year, winning 2-1/4-2/3-1/4-1/4-3, with Ottawa losing both games here, scoring two goals; Senators won both home games in Montreal series after losing last three here during regular season- they've won last four games overall, with only seven goals allowed since the switch to Vokoun in goal. Seven of last ten series games went over total. Ottawa won six of last eight road games; Over is 5-2-1 in its last eight games overall, 5-2 in Pittsburgh's last seven. Ottawa 1-7 on power play in Games 1-2, Penguins 3-6. Pittsburgh blocked 38 shots in Games 1-2, Senators only 14.
Rangers won seven of last ten games with Boston, with last three series games all going to overtime/shootout; Bruins outshot New York 16-5 in OT to win Game 1 on home ice, just 72 hours after they were down 4-1 with 10:00 to play in Game 7 vs Toronto, scored twice in last 1:22 to force OT, stunning Leafs with OT goal to get to this round. Boston is 5-6 in its last eleven home games, with last three wins in OT. Rangers are 2-6 in last eight road games, with last threee losses both on OT. You're going to get Rangers' best shot in this game, after tough Game 1 setback. Under is 10-4-3 in last seventeen series games.
NY RANGERS vs. BOSTON
NY Rangers are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
NY Rangers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road
Boston is 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against NY Rangers
Boston is 3-7 SU in their last 10 games when playing NY Rangers
PITTSBURGH vs. OTTAWA
Pittsburgh is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 17 games when playing Ottawa
Ottawa is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Ottawa's last 17 games when playing Pittsburgh
Sunday's NHL playoff action: What bettors need to know
New York Rangers at Boston Bruins (-127, 5)
Bruins lead best-of-seven series 1-0.
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella did his best to divert attention away from the team's punchless power play by calling out Carl Hagelin, a player who doesn't even receive ice time in that situation. The reason for Tortorella's comments may be that he's tired of seeing his team fail to convert with the man advantage, as it has done in each of the last four games and 29 times in 31 opportunities in the postseason. The sixth-seeded Rangers will look to get it in gear and even their Eastern Conference second-round series on Sunday when they visit the fourth-seeded Boston Bruins.
"I think he's too quick," Tortorella said of Hagelin following Saturday's practice. "I'd like to put him out on the power play, but he stinks on the power play. ... I love the guy. He is such an effective player, but he, as I said many times, stinks on the power play." New York went 0-for-3 with the man advantage in Game 1 before Brad Marchand scored his first goal of the playoffs 15:40 into overtime to give Boston a 3-2 triumph.
TV: 3 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN, RDS
ABOUT THE RANGERS: Thursday's result spoiled a 45-save performance by reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist, who suffered his third overtime loss of the postseason and fell to 3-11 in his career. Rick Nash picked up an assist for the second consecutive contest, but is still searching for his first goal of the playoffs. The top-line forward registered a team-high six shots in Game 1.
ABOUT THE BRUINS: Coach Claude Julien did his best to get creative with his defensemen in Game 1 as veterans Dennis Seidenberg (lower-body), Andrew Ference (lower-body) and Wade Redden (undisclosed) were scratched from the contest. The trio was replaced by rookies Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug, who netted a power-play goal in his first postseason contest. Captain Zdeno Chara, who is also a defenseman, extended his point streak to five games by collecting a goal and an assist and logged 38:02 of ice time. Redden practiced on Saturday, but is questionable for Game 2.
* Rangers are 1-4 in their last five road games.
* Bruins are 5-0 in their last five Conference Semifinals games.
* Under is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings in Boston.
1. Boston C David Krejci had an assist in Game 1 and is tied with Pittsburgh C Evgeni Malkin with an NHL-leading 14 points.
2. New York C Derick Brassard notched an assist to extend his point streak to six contests.
3. While the Rangers have struggled mightily on the power play, the Bruins aren't much better. They are 4-for-24 with the man advantage in the postseason.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators (+115, 5.5)
Penguins lead best-of-seven series 2-0.
The Ottawa Senators hope the return of Jason Spezza can ignite a spark in their Eastern Conference second-round series with the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidelined since undergoing back surgery for a herniated disk in late January, Spezza will be in the lineup for Sunday's Game 3 at Scotiabank Place. Seventh-seeded Ottawa can certainly use the offense, as it dropped the first two contests of the series in the Steel City.
"We're excited about the skill that he brings back to our team and we're looking forward to it," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. Although his minutes likely will be monitored, Spezza may be able to provide a jolt to a Senators' struggling power play (1-for-7). MacLean could also use a better effort in keeping Sidney Crosby in check as the captain recorded his second career postseason hat trick in Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory in Game 2 on Friday.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS
ABOUT THE PENGUINS: Crosby's high-octane night propelled him into a tie with teammate Pascal Dupuis and Chicago's Patrick Sharp for the postseason lead in goals with six. The captain also sits four postseason points shy of Kevin Stevens (106) for third place in franchise history. Mario Lemieux (172) and Jaromir Jagr (147) are atop the list. While Crosby's heroics dominated the headlines on Friday, Brenden Morrow's first postseason goal in over five years stood up as the winner in Game 3. Reigning Hart Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin is riding an eight-game point streak in the playoffs and is tied with Boston's David Krejci (14) for the league lead.
ABOUT THE SENATORS: Stud defenseman Erik Karlsson admitted he's having a difficult time returning to form in the playoffs. After collecting a goal and five assists in Ottawa's first-round victory over second-seeded Montreal, Karlsson has failed to secure a point in the first two contests against Pittsburgh. "I'm not playing the way I want to," the reigning Norris Trophy winner said. "I (have to) play a little bit more poised with the puck and a little bit faster in our own zone. I can't doubt myself." The 22-year-old Karlsson, who suffered a left Achilles' tendon injury in a game versus the Penguins on Feb. 13, was beaten at the blue line on Crosby's first goal on Friday.
* Penguins are 6-0 in their last six Sunday games.
* Senators are 1-9 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.
* Over is 4-1 in Penguins’ last five games following a win.
* Penguins are 5-0 in the last five meetings.
1. Although Ottawa G Craig Anderson allowed a pair of soft goals to earn an early exit in Game 2, MacLean announced on Saturday that he is sticking with his netminder to start Game 3.
2. Pittsburgh G Tomas Vokoun has posted a 1.70 goals-against average and .945 save percentage en route to winning all four starts since replacing Marc-Andre Fleury.
3. Ottawa has never won a postseason series after dropping the first two games.
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