The Pittsburgh Penguins twice rallied from one-goal deficits and scored six unanswered goals to beat the host Ottawa Senators 7-3 and move one victory away from clinching their National Hockey League playoff series.
The Penguins lead the Eastern Conference semifinal series by three games to one and can advance to the conference finals with a home win tomorrow in Game 5.
“I think everything’s right here,” Senators coach Paul MacLean said as he held up the score sheet in a 13-second televised news conference. “It’s 7-3. See you in Pittsburgh. We’re going to Pittsburgh and we’re coming to play. Have a good night.”
The series winner will play the Boston Bruins or the New York Rangers for a place in the Stanley Cup finals. Boston can sweep the Rangers with a win in New York tonight.
Milan Michalek opened the scoring for the Senators last night at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. James Neal tied it for Pittsburgh and Kyle Turris restored the home team’s lead after 16 minutes, 15 seconds of the first period.
Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz tied it again 1:08 into the second period and Jarome Iginla gave the Penguins the lead for good 40 seconds later.
Neal, Pascal Dupuis, Sidney Crosby and Iginla scored in the third period to make it 7-2 before Daniel Alfredsson got one back for the Senators. Two of the four Pittsburgh goals in the final period came on power plays, and one was scored while the Penguins were shorthanded.
“It’s the best (power play) I’ve played on, and been a part of, and been on the bench to watch,” Iginla said in a televised interview. “It’s not just a talent thing, they take it very seriously, and not just about goals but momentum, and it’s been good for us in these playoffs.”