(OTTAWA) — The Pittsburgh Penguins exploded for four goals in the third period en route to a 7-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series Wednesday.
The Penguins now lead the series 3-1.
While the Penguins ended up winning big, it looked like Ottawa had the edge early. Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris each scored for the Senators in the opening period, giving Ottawa a 2-1 lead heading into the second.
“That was the first time in regulation we’ve been behind,” Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma said. “There was some good emotion going in the building for their team. We were able to do that, get some good chances and shoot the puck quite a bit. It looked like it was going to be tough to get it by (Anderson). There was a sense that this might take 50 or as many shots as it takes to break this guy. Fortunately we kept on that mindset.”
And it payed off.
Pittsburgh peppered Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson with 38 shots, scoring six times before Anderson was pulled in the third period.
Jerome Iginla and James Neal both scored twice for the Penguins, while Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis each scored their 7th goal of the playoffs in the win.
Game 5 is Friday night in Pittsburgh. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
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Jill Martin, CNN