Pittsburgh Penguins Prevail in Demolition Derby to Tie the Series at One

April 16th, 2010 by Sergey Zikov Leave a reply »
Lose one game at home in the Stanley Cup playoffs, you lose home-ice advantage. Lose a second game at home and you can nearly kiss any hopes of winning the series good bye.

Despite putting up four goals in Game One with the Ottawa Senators, the defending Stanley Cup champions fell flat, prompting Dan Byslma to make a few changes. Veteran winger Ruslan Fedotenko was pulled in favor of the more physical Mike Rupp, but Marc-Andre Fleury would remain in net nearly by default.

Backup Brent Johnson has been battling the flu.

The puck dropped, the crowd was insane, but wait. Ottawa scores. Only 18 seconds in, Danish 24-year-old Peter Regin beat Fleury over the glove hand to shock the Penguins. That's not how the script was supposed to go. 

However, Regin woke up a sleeping giant seemingly as the Penguins upped the hitting, blasting any player wearing red and white that moved. 

Chris Kunitz then gave the Senators a taste of their own medicine, shooting the puck for a rebound that bounced right out to Sidney Crosby. Just like that, it was a tie game. But the biggest reaction from the crowd might have been to another incid ...

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