Senators to face Penguins in second round

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Islanders 4-3 Saturday night, setting up a second round clash with the Ottawa Senators.

Senators to face Penguins in second round
Jean-Gabriel Pageau #44 of the Ottawa Senators defends against Jarome Iginla #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place, on April 22, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Islanders 4-3 in overtime Saturday night, setting up a second round clash with the Ottawa Senators.

The Penguins, seeded No. 1 in the Eastern Conference, knocked off the eighth-place New York Islanders to take their opening round series 4-2.

The Senators have been idle since Thursday, when they beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-1 to advance to Round 2.

The Senators and Penguins aren’t expected to square off until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, as the remaining series play out across the league.

The Penguins were expected to dispatch the Islanders more quickly than they did, thanks in large part to poor goaltending from No. 1 Marc-Andre Fleury. Pittsburgh turned the netminding duties to Tomas Vokoun for Game 5 with the series tied 2-2, and he promptly rattled off two straight wins to clinch the series victory.

Add his solid play to a high-octane offence led by the world’s best player, Sidney Crosby, and the Penguins will present a much more formidable opponent than the Habs did in Round 1.

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