PITTSBURGH -- Some things went right for the Penguins in the opener of their seven-game series on Wednesday night. The defending Stanley Cup champions held Ottawa snipers
The Penguins' defense, its good work against Spezza and Alfredsson notwithstanding (Alfredsson didn't register a shot) made some costly mistakes. So did goaltender
On Ottawa's first goal, Pittsburgh defenseman
That sort of sloppiness went on all night, especially on the part of Fleury, who allowed one juicy rebound after another and wasn't properly set on the Senators' fifth goal. When it came to his goalie, however, Penguins coach
On the other side, Senators goalie
As much as they could during a road game, the Senators tried to have the defense pairing of
Crosby played well on Wednesday. He had three assists, and his no-look, behind-the-back pass from behind the net that set up Goligoski for the Pens' fourth goal was positively Gretzkian in its imagination and execution. But, he was unable to unload the way a 50-goal scorer should. Crosby didn't manage a shot until the third period and was in close quarters all night. "We talked about keeping him in traffic," Ottawa's Neil said after the game. "Clog the passing lanes, get in front of shots, finish checks. It's nothing new, really, but we really wanted to do that with him."
Even Spezza, better known for scoring than banging, nailed Crosby with a solid hit. Crosby needs to find more room as this series goes on.