PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby had his second career playoff hat trick and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Brenden Morrow added his first playoff goal in more than five years, Tomas Vokoun made 19 saves and the Penguins rode their superstar captain to their fourth straight victory.
Crosby beat Craig Anderson three times in the game’s first 22 minutes, sending the goalie to the bench.
Kyle Turris, Colin Greening and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators, but couldn’t stop Ottawa from falling into a deep hole against the Eastern Conference’s top seed.
Game 3 is Sunday in Ottawa.
Robin Lehner replaced Anderson in the Ottawa goal, stopping 20 shots and keeping the Senators within striking distance.
KINGS: Forward Anze Kopitar is ready to play in Game 3 at San Jose on Saturday night after needing about 20 stitches to close a facial gash caused by a high puck.
BLACKHAWKS: Defenseman Duncan Keith and forward Michal Handzus missed practice Friday, though Coach Joel Quenneville said both men will play in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series against Detroit on Saturday.
JACK ADAMS TROPHY: Chicago’s Joel Quenneville, Anaheim’s Bruce Boudreau and Ottawa’s Paul MacLean are finalists for the trophy given to the head coach who has contributed most to his team’s success.
The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup final.