Senators rout Penguins 5-1 in Game 3

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Ottawa, Ontario (AP) — Ottawa’s Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith scored in a 2:18 span midway through the first period to chase Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury out of the game, and the Senators beat the Penguins 5-1 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in their NHL Eastern Conference finals.

Ottawa Senators centre Derick Brassard (19) scores against the Pittsburgh Penguins during game three of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 17. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators centre Derick Brassard (19) scores against the Pittsburgh Penguins during game three of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 17. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Mike Hoffman opened the scoring 48 seconds in, and the Senators blew it open against the sluggish Penguins a few minutes later. Kyle Turris made it 5-0 late in the second period.

Sidney Crosby ended Craig Anderson’s shutout bid with a power-play goal in the third.

Anderson finished with 25 saves. Fleury allowed four goals on nine shots, and Matthew Murray made 19 saves in relief.

Game 4 is Friday night in Ottawa.