After trailing 3-0 in Game 6 of the first round of the 2010 NHL Playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins scored four unanswered goals and beat the Ottawa Senator 4-3 in overtime. The win sends the defending champions into the second round where they will wait for the remaining two Eastern Conference first-round series to conclude before the find out who they will play.
Despite not getting any scoring from Sydney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin recording just one assist, Pittsburgh had to find other scoring options and were successful in doing so. The Penguins’ Pascal Dupis scored the winning goal 9:56 into overtime to seal the win.
“It says a lot,” said Crosby. “We’re going to do our best to create things, but there are going to be nights where it’s tougher than others.
“Some nights it may not go in, or whatever the case is, but we’ve still got to do things out there. We’ve still got to be productive, whether it’s not on the score sheet. We’ve got to be responsible out there and find ways to help, but certainly there are other guys who can step up and score those goals like we saw tonight.”
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The Senators were back into the playoffs after their 11 straight postseason appearances ended a year ago. Matt Cullen got Ottawa’s first goal 5:19 in the first period. The Senators would then record two more goals by Chris Neil and Daniel Alfredsson early in the second period to give them a 3-0 lead.
In just over a minute after Ottawa’s final goal, the Penguins began their charge. Matt Cooke scored his first of two goals to bring Pittsburgh within 2 heading into the final period. Bill Guerin narrowed the Senators’ lead to one 7:03 into the third period on a power-play goal. Just a little over five minutes later, Cooke would add his second goal to tie the game at 3. Dupios would seal the deal on a pass from Jordan Staal to win the series for Pittsburgh.
“Jordan made an unbelievable play there in the corner, beat one guy,” Dupuis said. “I thought he was going to give it to me right away. He’s strong enough that he decided to beat another one by himself and he slid it to me there. I’m still not sure where the puck went. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s in. This is an unbelievable feeling.”
The Senators have now been eliminated by Pittsburgh in both of their last two playoff appearances. The Penguins will now await their next opponent as they look to repeat as champions. They have their odds set at 5/1 to win the 2009/2010 Stanley Cup and at 2/1 to win the Eastern Conference according to NHL sporstbooks.