Playing for something, playing for nothing, it doesn't matter. The Penguins road show pulled into Ottawa and made Sens' fans clench their buttholes tighter in terms of Ottawa getting into the dance.
The Pens have lost just four games (and only one home game) since January 27th. Somehow they are on a 7-game winning streak.
When no one was looking, Tomas Vokoun has turned in a 13-4 up to this point, and also turned in another solid performance in this game. The Pens got goals from Dustin Jeffrey, Jarome Iginla, and Tyler Kennedy. A defense without its top two puck-moving d-men shut the door. Douglas Murray was named the second star of the game. Seriously.
The beat goes on. No Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Martin, Letang, Fleury, and limited problems.
Also, the Pens are 1 for 4 in staying injury-free this final week of the season.
The Pens got off to a fast start again. Douglas Murray has been a treat to watch. He got the ball rolling with a great outlet pass to Dupes. On a 3-on-2, Dupes found Morrow. Morrow to Jeffrey. Jeffrey to the bank. 1-0.
Mary Poppins top right is pissed.
Pens scored again four minutes later on this digusting pass by Brenden Morrow:
Morrow with two primary assists against the Sens. GWG for Iginla.
Jobber Sens player was stunned.
REST OF THE FIRST
Chris Neil tried to fight Matt Cooke right out of the gate.
We mean this -- we wish every game that someone would drive a car onto the ice and run over Chris Neil. Cooke didn't fight, and nor should he. Overall, the "Matt Cooke Hate Fest" plan fizzled. Scotiabank Place had the atmosphere of a rained-out carnival. When Ottawa fans weren't touching themselves, they managed a few hastily put-together "Matt Cooke Sucks" chants.
The Pens killed like three or four penalties. Steve Mac managed to get a 10-minute misconduct.
Great job by Root Sports on missing most of the fight.
Overall, thought Bortuzzo and Despres played strong games. Bortuzzo saved a goal at one point.
Tomas Vokoun was strong all night, but he didn't face a ton of quality scoring chances, either.
The Pens had a few powerplays, and they looked really good.
TK had an easy chance.
In the playoffs, a second-line powerplay of Iginla-Dupes-Kunitz could be a huge secret to success. No question there's some chemistry there. Wait. Back up. Iginla, Dupuis, and Kunitz will possibly be on the Pens second PP unit. What.
You can't go to Douglas Murray's corner right now if you play in the NHL. Murrary was again stellar. He had three blocked shots and saw about 20 minutes. He is such a violent player.
The Senators made it somewhat interesting in the third when they finally cashed in on a powerplay. Some hack scored. 2-1. Seriously, where did all the good Senator players go?
Vokoun was forced to make some big saves after that. And time ticked away. The Pens needed an insurance goal, and who better to score it than someone who will probably be selling it at some point next year.