Late Goals Carry Penguins Past Senators

Malone's tally is the difference after Pens blow three-goal lead
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2008 11:58 PM CDT
Ottawa Senators goalie Martin Gerber lies in the goal crease after Pittsburgh's Ryan Malone scored to give the Pens the lead with less than two minutes remaining on Friday, April 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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(Newser) – Ryan Malone scored Pittsburgh's third power-play goal of the game with only 1:02 remaining and the Penguins squandered a three-goal lead against Ottawa, then rallied for a 5-3 victory Friday over the Senators and a sweep of their first two home games in the Eastern Conference playoff series. Pittsburgh’s Petr Sykora scored twice, both set up by Evgeni Malkin.

The Penguins - who also blew a three-goal lead against Ottawa at home on Feb. 23 and - dodged what might have been a frantic, series-changing rally by Ottawa, despite lobbing 54 shots on goal, Pittsburgh’s most in regulation in its playoff history.  Pens captain Sidney Crosby, held scoreless as Pittsburgh won 4-0 in Game 1, had four assists.