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Senators 4, Penguins 3: Inside the game

| Monday, April 16, 2007

THREE STARS

3. Ray Emery , Senators G. Welcome to the series

2. Daniel Alfredsson , Senators LW. Two goals

1. Dean McAmmond , Senators C. Gordie Howe Hat Trick - goal, assist, fight

HIT OF THE GAME

A scary moment occurred at 9:04 of the second period, when Penguins winger Colby Armstrong smashed into Senators forward Patrick Eaves on Eaves' wraparound attempt. Eaves lay motionless on the ice for several minutes -- even as teammate Dean McAmmond was fighting Maxime Talbot -- and was removed from the ice on a stretcher. He was not taken to the hospital but suffered a head injury and was kept out for precautionary reasons. The hit appeared to be clean. Armstrong was not penalized.

TURNING POINT

Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik got caught up ice, trying to keep the puck in the Senators' zone, and Ottawa's fourth line raced back and tied the score, 1-1, with 1:56 left in the first period. The goal deflated the Penguins and the crowd and set the stage for Ottawa's dominant second period.

NUMBERS GAME

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin recorded his first shot of the series at 10:09 of the first period. ... In the second periods of the first three games, Ottawa has outshot the Penguins, 44-18, and outscored them, 6-1, including 3-0 last night. ... Through two periods, the Senators had no giveaways, according to the official stat keepers. The Penguins had seven.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Malkin fed a charging Crosby for a goal at 14:40 of the third period to cut Ottawa's lead to 4-2. Mark Recchi started the play with a soft breakout pass. Crosby cut down the center of the ice and shrugged off defenseman Anton Volechnkov to tip Malkin's pass into the net.

SAVE OF THE GAME

Ray Emery made his first big save of the series to keep the Penguins from taking a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. Sidney Crosby was flying down the right wing and labeled a shot for the far side, but Emery got his blocker out just in time.

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