Penguins Top Senators 4-1 in NHL Playoffs; Kings Shut Out Sharks

The top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 and the Los Angeles Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-0 in the opening games of the National Hockey League’s conference semifinal playoff series.

In tonight’s game, the Detroit Red Wings travel to the Chicago Blackhawks in the first game of their best-of-seven Western Conference series.

Paul Martin got the opening goal for the Penguins on a power play at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Colin Greening tied it for Ottawa and Evgeni Malkin also scored in the first period for the home team.

Chris Kunitz added a third goal for Pittsburgh on a power play near the end of the second period and Pascal Dupuis scored a shorthanded goal in the third.

“We know it’s a good start, but it’s just like the rest of the playoffs, we know it’s just the start,” Pittsburgh forward Jarome Iginla told reporters.

Pittsburgh hosts Game 2 on May 17.

At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Jonathan Quick stopped 35 shots for his sixth career postseason shutout. Slava Voynov scored in the first period and Mike Richards added one in the second for the Kings.

The Kings host Game 2 tomorrow.

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