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Sidney Crosby Gets The Game Winning Goal As The Penguins Win Three In A Row Against The Senators In The First Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Monday April 14, 2008

sidney crosby fights for puck during game 3 vs Ottawa Senators

The Penguins have done it again winning three back to back games against The Senators in the opening round of the 2008 NHL playoffs with Sidney Crosby getting the game winning goal.

The game opened with a scoreless first period with both The Penguins and Senators playing a solid game. Pittsburgh put 12 shots on Martin Gerber who brilliantly stopped them all. On the other end Marc Andre Fleury's fabulous play stopped 14 shots on goal by The Senators.

Then just over a minute into the second period Ottawa's rookie Nick Foligno scored the first goal of the game. Maxime Talbot scored a goal for Pittsburgh at 5:39 of the second period to tie the game. Once the third period began Sidney Crosby won the opening faceoff which was a sign that the period would fall in Pittsburgh's favor.

After winning the opening faceoff Sidney Crosby sent the puck to Marian Hossa and he passed it to Rob Scuderi. Scuderi passed the puck back to Crosby who kicked the puck ahead with his skate and quickly drove past Ottawa forward Antoine Vermette. As Crosby continued into Ottawa's end he looked back over his shoulder, shooting (while not looking) past Martin Gerber into Ottawa's net for the game winning goal. The Ottawa home crowd was stunned as Sidney Crosby burried his first goal of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs. Jordan Staal and Marian Hossa also scored a goal each during the third, with Sidney Crosby assisting on Hossa's goal.

All four Pittsburgh Penguins (Maxime Talbot, Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal, and Marian Hossa) scored their first goal of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs. Ottawa rookie Nick Foligno who scored the first goal of the game (a nice one at that) also got his first playoff goal of the year and ever in his career.

Even though Ottawa's captain, Daniel Alfredsson (obviously not at full strength), returned after being out with a knee and upper body injuries suffered when hit by Toronto's Mark Bell on April 3, he wasn't much help as The Senators fell to The Penguins 4-1. Alfredsson played his first moments after the game began sending the home crowd into a standing ovation and giving The Sens the emotional edge over The Pens. The Penguins stayed calm and focused which is vital, especially in the case of a goaltender. Marc Andre Fleury's focus was key to his spectacular performance tonight especially since Ottawa did create many scoring chances.

The Penguins now have a powerful hold over The Senators in The Eastern Conference opening round Stanley Cup playoffs series with the possibility a 4-0 sweep if they can win Game 4 on Wednesday April 16 to be held in Ottawa at the Scotiabank Place.

Sidney Crosby was named the second star of the game, while teammate Marian Hossa was named first, and Ottawa's Nick Foligno third.








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