Pittsburgh Penguins Take a 3-1 Series Lead After Game Four Goal Bonanza

April 20th, 2010 by Sergey Zikov Leave a reply »
Game Four of a series is usually a must-win game for both teams. Unless it's a 3-0 advantage, chances are it will decide the series winner. That was exactly the mindset of both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators before the fourth game of the series at Scotiabank Place.

For the Penguins, a win would give the defending Cup champions a commanding 3-1 lead heading back to Pittsburgh.

For the Senators, a win would allow them to tie up the series at two apiece, forcing a best of three for the semifinals.

The game began exactly as one might have expected, with the Senators playing with a ton of emotion. Except referee Brad Meier deemed it to be too much emotion, as Chris Neil, Chris Kelly, and Max Talbot were all sent to the sin bin six minutes into the game.

The ensuing Pittsburgh power play proved to be uneventful, but Brian Elliot made a number of fine stops to bring the home crowd to their feet. Just a couple minutes after a successful kill however, the Senators were heading back to the box when stellar penalty killer Anton Volchenkov was sent off.

His absence proved to be a devastating blow, as the Penguins passed t ...

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