Penguins 7, Senators 3

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

OTTAWA (AP) - Sidney Crosby was careful not to get too far ahead of himself after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rout the Ottawa Senators for a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

"I'm not talking about anything ahead of Game 5," the Pittsburgh captain said when asked about a potential Eastern Conference final against the Boston Bruins.

But after the Penguins' 7-3 victory Wednesday night, it's hard to imagine Crosby and his teammates aren't starting to think about facing the Bruins - up 3-0 over the New York Rangers.

Jarome Iginla and James Neal each scored twice, Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis added goals, and Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves. Down 2-1 after the first period, the Penguins scored twice in a 40-second span early in the second and added four goals in the first 10 minutes in the third.

Milan Michalek, Kyle Turris and Daniel Alfredsson scored for Ottawa. Senators goalie Craig Anderson was benched after Pittsburgh's sixth goal, and Robin Lehner finished the game.

"There was a sense like, `OK, this might take as many shots as we can muster to break this guy.' And fortunately, we kept on that mindset," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "It was a matter of, `We are going to have to fire anything and everything we can at this guy to get one by him."'

Game 5 is Friday night in Pittsburgh.

"I know what we're going to do," Alfredsson said. "We're going to go out and play one hell of a game. That doesn't worry me at all. We never quit and that's not going to stop now. We know the odds are against us in every way, but we never quit and that's going to continue."

Senators coach Paul MacLean didn't take a single question after the game. Instead, he held up the scoresheet and said: "I think everything's right here. It's 7-3. See you in Pittsburgh. We're going to Pittsburgh and we're coming to play. Have a good night."

The Senators, coming off a double-overtime victory Sunday night in Game 3, opened the scoring on Michalek's short-handed goal at 2:29 of the first period. With defenseman Sergei Gonchar in the penalty box, Alfredsson fed the puck up the middle to a streaking Michalek, who broke through the defense and beat Vokoun low on the glove side for Ottawa's second short-handed goal of the series.

It was the Senators' first lead of the series. It wouldn't last.

Neal tied it with 5:04 left in the period, picking up the loose puck in the slot and putting it in the back of the net. Turris put Ottawa back in front off a rebound with 3:45 left in the first.

Pittsburgh tied it early in the second when Kunitz got behind the defense and went in alone to beat Anderson. Less than a minute later, Anderson gave up a rebound on Kris Letang's shot that landed on the tape of Iginla's stick to make it 3-2.

Neal started the third-period flurry with a power-play goal at 1:59. Dupuis added a short-handed goal at 8:07, Crosby followed at 8:39, and Iginla scored on a power play at 9:53.

Alfredsson finished the scoring with a late power-play goal for his 100th career playoff point.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:29OTT SHG - Milan Michalek (2) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (6), Andre Benoit (3) 1 - 0 OTT
14:56PIT James Neal (2) ASST: NONE 1 - 1 Tie
16:15OTT Kyle Turris (5) ASST: Jakob Silfverberg (2), Erik Karlsson (6) 2 - 1 OTT
2nd Period
01:08PIT Chris Kunitz (4) ASST: Pascal Dupuis (3), Kris Letang (8) 2 - 2 Tie
01:48PIT Jarome Iginla (3) ASST: Kris Letang (9), James Neal (3) 3 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
01:59PIT PPG - James Neal (3) ASST: Sidney Crosby (7), Kris Letang (10) 4 - 2 PIT
08:08PIT SHG - Pascal Dupuis (7) ASST: Matt Cooke (2) 5 - 2 PIT
08:39PIT Sidney Crosby (7) ASST: Tyler Kennedy (2) 6 - 2 PIT
09:53PIT PPG - Jarome Iginla (4) ASST: Jussi Jokinen (3), Kris Letang (11) 7 - 2 PIT
14:44OTT PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (4) ASST: Erik Karlsson (7), Chris Neil (4) 7 - 3 PIT
Three Stars of the Game
Kris Letang
Kris Letang
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 4Hits: 1
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:27
James Neal
James Neal
G: 2Shots: 9
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:13
Jarome Iginla
Jarome Iginla
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 13:56
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:12OTT Sergei Gonchar  Interference against  James Neal
05:57OTT Colin Greening  Interference against  Kris Letang
2nd Period
18:32PIT Matt Cooke  Slashing against  Mark Stone
3rd Period
01:07OTT Sergei Gonchar  Hi-sticking against  Matt Cooke
06:21PIT Matt Niskanen  Tripping against  Mark Stone
09:01OTT Chris Neil  Slashing against  Evgeni Malkin
13:12PIT Paul Martin  Slashing against  Kyle Turris
15:25PIT Jussi Jokinen  Slashing against  Jean-Gabriel Pageau
15:29OTT Daniel Alfredsson  Holding against  Brooks Orpik
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/51/4
Faceoff Wins3134
Blocked Shots1611
Penalty Minutes810
2M. NiskanenD0000216:21
3D. MurrayD0020015:32
4M. EatonD0031017:41
7P. MartinD0003223:33
9P. DupuisR1111018:03
12J. IginlaR2024013:56
14C. KunitzL10-11011:49
16B. SutterC0003015:14
18J. NealR2119015:13
19B. BennettR0012010:54
24M. CookeL0112213:59
27C. AdamsR0002015:10
36J. JokinenL0102212:11
44B. OrpikD0010023:42
48T. KennedyC0111012:27
58K. LetangD0411021:27
71E. MalkinC0024017:13
87S. CrosbyC11-16018:03
92T. Vokoun3033.90960:00
2J. CowenD00-21019:07
3M. MethotD0011021:45
4C. PhillipsD00-11019:28
7K. TurrisC1003017:54
9M. MichalekL1003015:36
11D. AlfredssonR1103215:47
14C. GreeningC00-13213:57
15Z. SmithC00-21012:24
16M. StoneR0002011:23
19J. SpezzaC00-10017:48
22E. CondraR00-11014:45
25C. NeilR01-30211:16
33J. SilfverbergR0115015:34
44J. PageauC00-13012:04
55S. GoncharD00-40418:34
61A. BenoitD0101016:09
65E. KarlssonD0205025:05
93M. ZibanejadC00-20013:40
40R. Lehner34.75011:21
41C. Anderson3238.84248:39