Superstar Sidney Crosby’s hat trick on Friday night helped the Pittsburgh Penguins secure a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Crosby notched his second career hat trick in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Penguins have a 2-0 series lead heading into Game 3 on Sunday in Ottawa.
“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,” Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips said. “That’s what we did tonight. We gave him too much room and he took advantage.”
Kyle Turris, Colin greening and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each had a goal for Ottawa. The Senators have never won a series after losing the first two games.
“You want to play well at home and make sure you get here,” Crosby said. “We did that, we got two wins. I don’t think your mindset changes. We know that it’s going to get harder.”
The Penguins are two wins away from reaching the conference finals for the first time since it won the Stanley Cup in 2009.
Pittsburgh looked in control for most Game 2 despite only beating Ottawa by one goal, they outshot the Senators 42-22.
“I think we outplayed them,” Vokoun said. “The score could’ve been a lot worse if not for good play by their goalie. The win is the most important thing and we got that.”
Crosby said the Penguins have to be ready for Ottawa to come out firing in Game 3.
“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.”