espn.com - 11 days ago
Goalie change sparks Penguins Game 4 win
OTTAWA -- If it was a spark he wanted with the goalie change, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan got it in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Penguins' offense woke up, Sidney Crosby played his best game of the series and new-old Penguins No. 1 goalie Matt Murray was strong in the helping in the 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. The Penguins got their act together at the right time. Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports The win evens up the series 2-2, as the reigning champs keep willing their way to wins in a postseason run when they seem to lose a player each game to injury. This one was no exception on that front. How it happened: Crosby scored and assisted on the first two goals to help the Penguins jump out to a crucial early lead against a team that is especially stingy when it's protecting a lead. Crosby's goal came on the power play, where he set up shop to Craig Anderson's left and banged home his second goal in as many games on a nice pass from Jake Guentzel. This game also featured goals from Penguins not named Crosby, Evgeni Malkin or Phil Kessel for the first time all series with defenseman Olli Maatta opening the scoring and fellow defenseman Brian Dumoulin getting a break when his pass ricocheted off the Senators' Dion Phaneuf's skate for a goal.
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