Penguins Top Senators 3-1, Complete Series Sweep

Pittsburgh wins first playoff series since 2001
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 9:45 PM CDT
Ottawa Senators' Martin Gerber, of Switzerland, front, looks down as Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, of Russia, back middle, celebrates his second period goal with teammates.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)
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(Newser) – The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 and completed a four-game sweep of their NHL first-round playoff series on Wednesday. Evgeni Malkin and Jarko Ruutu scored second-period goals, Sidney Crosby scored into an empty net with 7.5 seconds remaining and had an assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for Pittsburgh, which its first playoff series win since 2001.

Cory Stillman scored for Ottawa. The sweep was a measure of revenge for the young Penguins, who were knocked out of last year's playoffs in five games by the Senators. Ottawa went on to make its first Stanley Cup finals appearance in modern franchise history, losing in five to Anaheim. The Penguins also became the first team to advance to the second round.