Pittsburgh is 4-1 at CONSOL Energy Center in the 2013 postseason.
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) -
The top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins will try to finish off the Ottawa Senators on Friday when they host Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at CONSOL Energy Center.
The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in this series before the seventh-seeded Senators got on the board with a 2-1 overtime triumph in Game 3 at Scotiabank Place. However, Pittsburgh answered the call in Wednesday's Game 4 in Ottawa, slamming the Senators by a 7-3 score to take a commanding 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven set.
Wednesday's game began well for the Sens, who grabbed a 1-0 lead on Milan Michalek's shorthanded goal just 2:29 into the game. Ottawa would carry a 2-1 edge into the first intermission, but Pittsburgh would answer with the six unanswered goals to take a stranglehold on both the game and series.
Alfie, Toews and a bad week for NHL leadership
Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Several years ago the NHL started handing out an award for leadership and they aptly named it after Mark Messier, who was undoubtedly one of the greatest captains his sport has ever seen.
You don't have to be a captain to win the Mark Messier Leadership Award, but it certainly helps. All three finalists for this year's trophy wear the "C" for their respective teams, but recently two of them indulged in behavior unbecoming of a captain.
In fact, Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson and Chicago's Jonathan Toews displayed such poor leadership qualities that one wonders if Messier, who chooses the finalists and winners himself, would like to hit the reset button and select two new players to join Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings on this year's list.