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.