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Crosby tallies game-winner as Penguins tie series with Ottawa

April 15th, 2007 12:12 am by Associated Press

OTTAWA - Sidney Crosby doesn't seek attention, he just has a knack of drawing it.

Crosby scored his second goal in two playoff games 11:44 into the third period to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, evening their first-round series at one win apiece.

Crosby, who scored a late power-play goal in Wednesday's series-opening 6-3 loss, netted Pittsburgh's third goal of the third period at 11:44.

"The spotlight is not important to me," Crosby said. "You work hard all year, and even before that, you work hard your whole life to get in the NHL and then to get in the playoffs. Where the spotlight is, that's not really a concern for me. I just want to win."

The Penguins tied it twice in the final frame before the 19-year-old NHL scoring champion gave them their second and final lead.

"Those players find the way to hurt another team and that's what he did," Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien said.

Crosby, the league's youngest Art Ross Trophy winner, drove the net and planted his stick on the ice to redirect Mark Recchi's cross-ice pass beyond goalie Ray Emery.

"You couldn't write it any better," Recchi said. "I was hoping it would stand up. I was hoping he would get that game-winner. He deserved it. He put himself in a great position and he played a heck of a game."

Penguins counterpart Marc- Andre Fleury stopped Mike Fisher's shot from the slot with 13.1 seconds remaining to seal the win.

"If I'm playing like this it's because we're winning, facing a 6-on-5," Fleury said.

Fleury, who left after allowing all six goals Wednesday, made 34 saves as Ottawa outshot Pittsburgh 37-21 overall, including 20-5 in the second period.

"It was huge," Crosby said of Fleury's performance. "We had to weather that storm, especially early on, and we wanted to make sure we didn't give up a huge lead like we did in the last game. He was a big part of that, and then as we battled into the third and we had that lead, he was just shutting them down and doing a great job of getting those big saves."

Gary Roberts and Jordan Staal scored tying goals earlier in the period and Crosby assisted on Ryan Whitney's power-play goal early in the first.

Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal an assist in the second to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead. Chris Kelly put the Senators up 3-2 when he scored for the second straight game 6:18 into the third.

The Penguins went 2-for-3 on the power play. Ottawa went 1-for-9.

The Senators have never led a playoff series 2-0. Ottawa lost for the seventh straight time after winning the first game.

The Senators won't have to mull over their defeat very long. Game 3 is tonight in Pittsburgh.

Staal drew the Penguins even for the second time in the third when was left wide open in the slot to beat Emery at 9:34.

Roberts, who tied it at 2 with a power-play goal at 2:04, checked defenseman Wade Redden off the puck behind the net.

Unfortunately for the Senators defenseman, Penguins right wing Michel Ouellet gathered the puck and passed it out front to Staal, who was alone and scored with a low shot that tied it at 3.

Spezza got Ottawa even at 2 during 4-on-4 play 8:28 into the second after Ottawa's Antoine Vermette and Penguins defenseman Josef Melichar were given penalties following a skirmish behind the Pittsburgh net.

Alfredsson put Ottawa ahead with a power-play goal at 16:44 after Pittsburgh's Colby Armstrong was penalized for goaltender interference.

Kelly restored Ottawa's lead when he took a centering pass from Dean McAmmond and drove the slot before firing a shot over Fleury's right pad at 6:18 to make it 3-2.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Vincent Lecavalier scored early in the third period to break a tie, and Johan Holmqvist made 34 saves to lead Tampa Bay over New Jersey and square the first-round, Eastern Conference playoff series at 1-all.

Martin St. Louis and Filip Kuba also scored for the Lightning, who will host the next two games of the best-of-seven matchup, starting Monday.

Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner scored for the Devils, who squandered a 2-1 lead late in the second period.

St. Louis tied the game with less than a minute left in the middle frame with a bad-angle goal from along the goal line that somehow eluded Martin Brodeur. Lecavalier got the winner and his third of the series by getting behind the Devils' defense and deflecting a shot from the point by Paul Ranger at 1:42 of the third period.

ATLANTA - Sean Avery ricocheted a fluke goal off the boards from center ice and Brendan Shanahan scored the winner with 4:01 remaining Saturday, lifting New York to a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series.

Shanahan's 54th career playoff goal came after Ilya Kovalchuk tied the game at 1 for the Thrashers with 14:25 remaining.

The series now moves to Madison Square Garden for Game 3 on Tuesday night. The next two games are in New York, giving the Rangers a chance to clinch the series without coming back to Atlanta.

Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for the victory. Atlanta's Johan Hedberg, who replaced Kari Lehtonen in the nets after Game 1, was sharp in stopping 37 shots.

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Rick DiPietro bounced back from a pair of concussions to stop 32 shots in his first game in three weeks, and Marc-Andre Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal 8 minutes into the third period to lead the New York Islanders over top-seeded Buffalo.

Trent Hunter and Bruno Gervais also scored, helping New York tie the best-of-seven, first-round series at 1, with Game 3 on Long Island on Monday.

The Sabres started sloppy, allowing New York to take a 2-0 lead 11 minutes in, and at times looked nothing like the efficient team that produced a 4-1 win on Thursday and the NHL's top record this season.

Defensemen Toni Lydman and Dmitri Kalinin scored for the Sabres, who finished the regular season with a league-leading 53 wins and 308 goals.

The Islanders seemed to be hanging on before Bergeron scored a power-play goal with 11:23 left - and six minutes after Kalinin tied the game during a scramble in front.

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