Penguins go up 3-1 on Senators in East semis
Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cooke (9) congratulates teammate Pascal Dupuis on his goal against the Ottawa Senators during third-period NHL hockey playoff game action in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)
Jarome Iginla and James Neal each scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the host Ottawa Senators 7-3 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis also scored for the Penguins, and Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves. Down 2-1 after the first period, the Penguins scored twice in a 40-second span early in the second and added four goals in the first 10 minutes of the third.
Milan Michalek, Kyle Turris and Daniel Alfredsson scored for the hosts. Senators goalie Craig Anderson was benched in the third after the Penguins’ sixth goal, and Robin Lehner finished the game.
The Vancouver Canucks fired coach Alain Vigneault, the franchise’s all-time leader in victories.
Vigneault led the Canucks to six Northwest Division titles, two Presidents’ Trophy titles and an appearance in the 2011 Stanley Cup final, but the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in the last two seasons.
“We lost consecutive games in the last two playoff years, and there comes a point in time where the message has to change and we have to be better,” Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis said.