Fleury, Penguins Blank Sens 4-0

Pittsburgh takes 1-0 series lead
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2008 10:50 PM CDT
Ottawa Senators' Anton Volchenkov (24), of Russia, falls to the ice in front of Pittsburgh Penguins Ryan Malone, right rear, and Senators goalie Martin Gerber, of Switzerland, during the second period   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – The Ottawa Senators must be wondering how many more times this can happen. They get to the playoffs, yet Gary Roberts finds a way to beat them. Again. And again. Roberts and Petr Sykora scored in the first period and the favored Penguins, determined not to duplicate their awful postseason opener of a year ago, rode Marc-Andre Fleury's goaltending to a 4-0 victory.

Roberts had two goals while playing on Pittsburgh's fourth line, only one fewer goal than he had during an injury-interrupted season. Evgeni Malkin, the NHL's No. 2 scorer, added a goal and two assists. Pittsburgh takes a 1-0 lead into Game 2 on Friday night. The Penguins have won their last nine home games.