Crosby comes alive, Matt Murray sharp in first start as Sens drop Game 4
Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) after defeating the Ottawa Senators in game four of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Ottawa on Friday, May 19, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Jonas Siegel, The Canadian Press
Published Friday, May 19, 2017 1:54PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 19, 2017 11:30PM EDT
OTTAWA - Sidney Crosby is just fine.
The Pittsburgh Penguins captain quickly put to rest any questions about his play with a resurgent Game 4 performance. Crosby had a goal, an assist and five shots as the Pens downed the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night, evening the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final at two games apiece with Game 5 ahead in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.
Matt Murray was sharp with 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs. Brian Dumoulin and Olli Maatta also found the back of the net for the defending champs, who came alive after a stunted start to the series.
Crosby had only one point as the Pens dropped two of the first three against Ottawa, leading to inevitable questions about his health -- following a jarring concussion in the second round -- as well as the Sens efforts in slowing him down.
Clarke MacArthur and Tom Pyatt scored for Ottawa and Craig Anderson surrendered three goals on 35 shots.
Starting for the first time in more than six weeks, Murray looked dialled in right away. He made a strong stop on Mike Hoffman less than two minutes into the game and then denied Viktor Stalberg on a pair of follow-up opportunities.