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Playoffs Tonight: ‘Pesky’ Sens fight to even series vs Pens

May 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 14: Tomas Vokoun #92 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save in the second period against the Ottawa Senators in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on May 14, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Senators 4-1. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Getty Images

We’re entering Day 4 of the second round and so far the home team has won every single contest. The Ottawa Senators will see if they can become the first team to disrupt that trend.

Game 2: Pittsburgh Penguins host Ottawa Senators (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/Live Extra)
Pittsburgh leads series 1-0

Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun turned aside 35 shots and Pittsburgh was 2-for-4 on the power play in Game 1. Those are two of the reasons they cruised to a 4-1 victory against the Senators.

The Senators relative youth and inexperience might have also been a significant factor.

“If we had any kind of stage fright or youthful jitters, that should be behind us and now it’s up to us to make it a series,” Senators coach Paul MacLean said.

The Senators are the clear underdogs, but that’s a role they’ve often found themselves in this year and Ottawa has thrived all the same.

“We don’t have too many known guys,” Senators forward Erik Condra said told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “But every night there’s somebody else that steps up, and that’s what’s been great about us.”

On the other side of the ice, the big story is Vokoun. He now has a 1.28 GAA and .962 save percentage in three playoff starts. The 36-year-old didn’t have much postseason experience going into this year, but he’s making up for lost time.

“You look at it like, I’ve been sitting for years watching playoff hockey on my couch and I had no chance,” Vokoun said, according to the Ottawa Citizen. “And sometimes it’s better to fail and be there than to never be there at all. I want to do well, I want my family and my friends to see me do well.

“But nervous and being tight because if we lose it’s the end of the world? I don’t feel that pressure here.”

If Vokoun keeps this up, then the “pesky” Senators will have a very hard time producing anymore surprises.

  1. pens87 - May 17, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I thought we played very well in game 1, and it was nice to see us come out and set the pace. Malkin played like a man on fire last game, hope he brings that again. I expect the Sens to come out harder this game, hope the Pens are ready to match it. Lets get another big W on home ice!

    • bgrillz - May 17, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Yeah man, you had a hell of a performance out there. Great job PHT poster! You really came out and set the pace…STOP USING “WE” WHEN DESCRIBING YOUR FAVORITE TEAM!!!!

      • pens87 - May 17, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        Overreact much?

      • sportsfreak13 - May 17, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        I don’t know if I used we in any of my previous posts but I most certainly will now, just for the sheer fact that it agitates you THAT much. Thanks for the ammo bgrillz. I hope WE get a big win tonight!

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM


        Out of all the things that you might get irritated over……i.e.

        1.) Terrible spelling
        2.) Not being able to take one’s homer colored glasses off
        3.) wrong factual data…..or no factual data

        You’re going to get mad over the use of “we”?…..I’m with sportsfreak……I’m now going to start using “we” all the time just because of how ridiculous it is that you get mad about it.

  2. andrewproughcfe - May 17, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    That Iginla-Malkin combo is pretty unstoppable so far…

  3. modellforprez - May 17, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    good teams are not pests. the isles were more like pests and they are gonna be solid for yrs it looks like. now im hoping my pens can pull this out but ottawa dont wanna go home down 0-2 go pens!!!

    • pdmjr - May 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      islanders far superior to Senaters

  4. bihler7 - May 17, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    comes down to one thing for the Pens; how they get the puck out of their zone. If thery struggle and turn it over they will lose; if they get out with good outlet passes to that potent offense they win; simple as that

    • pdmjr - May 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      No it comes down to talent, Pittsburg is just better.

      • dirt2013 - May 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        And so is Pittsburgh !

  5. myroncopesflask - May 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    6-2 win tonight for Pens.. Crosby-Kunitz-Duper back together tonight = big big trouble for the Sens. As long as Fleury is on the bench Pens will not have a problem until the play Chicago or L.A.

    • pdmjr - May 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Lets face it the Pens are wide favorites to win the Stanly Cup

      • sportsfreak13 - May 17, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        In the NHL playoffs there is no such thing as favorites. Back in 1993 WE (pens) had one of the most talented teams that year and WE were eliminated by the New York Islanders. After that year I learned my lesson. Never get to cocky about your own team in the playoffs, because anything can happen.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 17, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        Actually I think WE would all agree the blackhawks are the favorite. WE will see.

      • johnnyd76 - May 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Yeah, I remember 93′ as well – going for the Back to-Back to-Back Stanley Cup. Wow, what a shocker – totally did not expect the Islanders to beat us and was bummed for weeks! Learned right there that ANYTHING can happen in the playoffs. No team is safe – and that includes this year’s Penguins. The PENS have to respect every team’s ability to knock them out. I have faith in the PENS this year and hope they go all the way – but, they can take NO TEAM for granted!!! GO PENS!!!!!!

  6. capsrockva - May 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Let’s go Sens knock them out

  7. spavs412 - May 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Go Pens!!! “we” must clear the puck and play solid team D and block shots!! If so I have a hard time not seeing us up 2-0 headed to Ottawa Sunday

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