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Penguins even series with physical play

Posted on: April 16, 2010 9:57 pm
 
By Erin Brown

Dan Bylsma changed the complexion of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Ottawa Senators series with one roster move.

The coach's decision to sit Ruslan Fedotenko in favor of the hulking Mike Rupp sparked the Penguins to play a more physical contest Friday night. Pittsburgh not only tied the series with a 2-1 win, but fixed a number of problem areas from Game 1 in the process.

Pittsburgh, which dished out 38 hits against Ottawa on Wednesday, registered 52 in Game 2. Each Penguin delivered at least one check. Defenseman Brooks Orpik led the team with nine. Even Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin joined in, combining for five.

Pittsburgh limited the Senators to 20 shots by keeping the Senators engaged in tougher play.

Despite allowing a goal 18 seconds into the game, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury benefitted from the limited workload and played with more confidence as the game progressed.

The raised intensity, however, resulted in a shortened Penguins bench. Ottawa's Andy Sutton delivered a clean, but devastating hit to  Pittsburgh's Jordan Leopold near the end of the first period. Leopold, who was motionless on the ice for a few moments, left under his own power and did not return.


Comments

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: April 17, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Penguins even series with physical play

Ottawa will not have enough depth to win this series.  They have played tough but the Penguins are just a higher caliber team.



Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: April 17, 2010 10:33 am
 

Penguins even series with physical play

We will prevail.  Ottawa will win both games at home. i'm confident of that....No more fancy antics will be allowed to Sid the Kid.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2010 10:00 pm
 

Penguins even series with physical play

Not a bad start to the series. Just have to take advantage of home ice now. A split was what we needed.


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