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Too much depth and too much skill as Penguins oust Senators in five games

Too much depth, too much star power and too much skill from the Pittsburgh Penguins overwhelmed the Ottawa Senators once again in Game 5 as the Penguins ousted the Senators in five games with a 6-2 win on Friday night at Consol Energy Center in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
The Penguins are off to the Eastern Conference Finals in a likely showdown with the Boston Bruins who lead the New York Rangers 3 games to 1 in their best of seven series.
Tonight’s 6-2 win over Ottawa was a complete win for the Penguins in all facets tonight. James Neal had 3 goals and an assist, leading the way for the high scoring Penguins who are scoring at a historic pace with 47 goals in 11 playoff games.
Brenden Morrow (2) played over Beau Bennett tonight and opened the scoring 6:25 into the game and Pittsburgh jumped out to a 3-0 lead after goals from James Neal (4, power play) and Kris Letang (3) in the second period. Milan Michalek (3) cut the Penguins lead to 3-1 at 16:18 of the second period and 3:12 later Evgeni Malkin (4) halted any chance of a Senators comeback beating Craig Anderson on a breakaway goal with 30 seconds left to push the Penguins lead to 4-1.
Neal (5) added his second goal of the game at 11:07 of the third period to make it 5-1 Penguins. Neal scored off a Sergei Gonchar turnover who had a brutal final two games in the series. Neal (6) would net his first career hat trick of the playoffs with 2:39 left, pulling a toe drag on Erik Karlsson and burying a shot past Anderson for a beautiful goal and the Penguins sixth goal of the game.
Neal who broke out in Game 4, has 5 goals in his last two games, and ended Round 2 with 8 points in series. Kris Letang leads all NHL players with 10 points in Round 2.
Letang had another big night offensively with a goal and 2 assists. Letang is tied with Evgeni Malkin for the team-lead with 16 points in the playoffs.
Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves to improve to 6-1 in the post-season. Vokoun’s emergence since being named starter in Game 5 against the Islanders, has ended any goalie controversy talk that there might have been at the start of the series as he is the Penguins No. 1 goaltender for the rest of the post-season, barring injury to Vokoun.
While the Penguins overwhelmed the Senators in just about every critical area tonight, what stood out from a defensive standpoint was how from the drop of the puck they played lockdown defense in not giving the Senators the neutral zone. That was a huge key to the Penguins just dominating the puck possession game tonight.

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