NHL Wrap: Penguins strike first, top Sens

NHL Wrap: Penguins strike first, top Sens
May 15, 2013, 12:45 am
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Evgeni Malkin, right, and Chris Kunitz celebrate one of the Penguins' four goals in their win over the Senators. (AP)

PITTSBURGH -- The Ottawa Senators know there is little margin for error if they want to upset the Pittsburgh Penguins.

If they don't slow down Pittsburgh's potent power play, they'll have a difficult time against Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Penguins.

Paul Martin and Chris Kunitz scored power-play goals and Pascal Dupuis added his sixth goal of the playoffs and the Penguins beat the Senators 4-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday.

"We know it's a good start, but it's just like the rest of the playoffs we know it's just the start," Pittsburgh forward Jarome Iginla said.

A promising one at that (see full recap).

Quick leads Kings to Game 1 win
LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Quick made 35 saves in his sixth career playoff shutout, and the Los Angeles Kings opened their second-round series with a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

Slava Voynov and Mike Richards each had a goal and an assist in the defending Stanley Cup champions' 11th straight victory at Staples Center since March.

With yet another dominant playoff performance by Quick, Los Angeles opened the NHL's fourth all-California playoff series with its fifth straight victory after an 0-2 start to its title defense.

The Kings' Conn Smythe Trophy winner allowed just 10 goals in the six-game first round against St. Louis before frustrating the Sharks, whose superior speed and passing produced nothing.

Antti Niemi stopped 18 shots for the Sharks, who swept Vancouver out of the first round.

Game 2 is Thursday (see full recap).

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