OTTAWA (AP)—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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.
“They got a goal on their first shot and our power play wasn’t very good— understatement—but I thought that we really didn’t give up any chances for two periods,” Senators coach Bryan Murray said. “We couldn’t score enough to do any damage and at least get the game in a position where you could just play a checking game. And then they played a great third period.”
The Senators have never led a playoff series 2-0. Ottawa lost for the seventh straight time after winning the first game.
“It didn’t happen this time,” Phillips said. “Now it’s a non-issue. We have to be focused for Game 3.”
The Senators won’t have to mull over their defeat very long. Game 3 is Sunday night 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.
“I knew it was in my feet and I was just trying to eat it a bit and buy some time and have somebody come and grab it,” Redden said.
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 when he crashed into Emery after he was stopped on a breakaway.
Alfredsson took Dany Heatley’s pass and shot the puck into an open net from the left side of the crease.
Roberts made it 2-2 when he put a rebound into an open left side after Emery stuck out his right pad to stop Sergei Gonchar’s shot from the right point.
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.
Penguins RW Ronald Petrovicky replaced RW Georges Laraque in the lineup. Petrovicky became the 14th Pittsburgh player to make his playoff debut in the series. … Roberts, Gonchar, D Mark Eaton, RW Mark Recchi, LW Jarkko Ruutu and backup G Jocelyn Thibault were the only Penguins in the lineup with playoff experience before this series. … Armstrong and Senators C Mike Comrie fought 4 seconds into the third. They took off their gloves and helmets and went at it after lining up for the opening faceoff. … Senators LW Christoph Schubert lay on the ice and had to be helped off 9:18 in after an open-ice collision with Ouellet. He strained his neck and didn’t return.