Daniel Alfredsson was right. There’s really no other way to put it. When the Ottawa Senators captain was asked if his team could win three in a row to take the series from the Pens, he said no. It wasn’t the politically correct thing to say in the situation, but he was just telling the truth. Alfredsson’s words came to fruition on Friday night as the Penguins finished its series with the Senators with a 6-2 victory.
Once again, Tomas Vokoun was solid in net as he brought his playoff record to 6-1 this year and for the first time in seven tries under Dan Bylsma, the Penguins were able to close a series out at home. Leading the way for the offense was James Neal as he recorded his first career hat trick and his fifth goal in two games.
Joining the scoring parade for the Penguins was Kris Letang, Brenden Morrow and Evgeni Malkin.
The Penguins are scoring goals at a rapid, record pace. So far in the playoffs, they have 47 goals in just 11 games. To put it into perspective, the Los Angeles Kings scored 57 goals throughout the entire playoffs last year en route to a Stanley Cup victory.
The question is, who is next? The Boston Bruins have the 3-1 advantage over the New York Rangers and look like the probable matchup for the Penguins. I’ll admit, going into the playoffs, I said that if it came down to the Bruins and the Pens, the Bruins will win. Right now, I’m thinking my mind is changed.
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