Series MVP: Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
Crosby didn't have an impactful Game 6, but without his superstar effort in the previous five, the Penguins might not be looking ahead to another round in these playoffs. Crosby finishes the series with 14 points, tops among all NHLers. He registered five multiple-point games in the series, including a four-point (two goals, two assists) night in Pittsburgh's momentum-grabbing 7-4 win in Game 4. Crosby's best effort, however, was in Game 2, when he netted a goal and an assist, and made a goal-line save to help preserve a 2-1 victory.
On Target• Wes Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 7: In cruise control all season, Pens look ready to press the pedal to the metal.
• Erin Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: The Penguins are Red Wings-lite: their Cup-winning experience will carry them.
Off the Mark• Mike Hurcomb: Ottawa in 6: The Senators' balance helps them pull first-round upset.
• Dennis Dodd: Ottawa in 6: Marc-Andre Fleury is not the same as he was the past two seasons.
|No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Ottawa|
|Apr. 14||at Pittsburgh||OTT, 5-4||Recap|
|Apr. 16||at Pittsburgh||PIT, 2-1||Recap|
|Apr. 18||at Ottawa||PIT, 4-2||Recap|
|Apr. 20||at Ottawa||PIT, 7-4||Recap|
|Apr. 22||at Pittsburgh||OTT, 4-3 (3OT)||Recap|
|Apr. 24||at Ottawa||PIT, 4-3 (OT)||Recap|
|Pittsburgh wins series, 4-2|