The formula for beating the Pittsburgh Penguins is not difficult. It's the doing it for 60 minutes part that's tricky.
The Ottawa Senators did everything they thought they needed to do against the Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday night. They carried play for long stretches, put steady pressure on Pittsburgh goaltender Tomas Vokoun and mostly stayed out of trouble, taking just three penalties.
Two too many, as it turned out.
Pittsburgh's thriving power play scored twice to stay red-hot and the Penguins rolled to a 4-1 win. Not bad for a team that continues to tinker with its special teams trying to find the right formula.
Whatever it is at the moment, it's working.
Paul Martin and Chris Kunitz scored power-play goals as the Penguins improved to 9 for 24 with the man advantage in the playoffs.
''Their power play is good,'' Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson said. ''We knew that going in and if we want to have good chance to win a game, we're going to...