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Penguins role players provide Game 6 heroics

Posted on: April 24, 2010 11:02 pm
By Erin Brown

This time, the Pittsburgh Penguins didn't need Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin to play the hero.

Matt Cooke scored twice, and Pascal Dupuis scored the game-winner in the Penguins' series-clinching, 4-3 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators Saturday night.

For the first time in the series, Crosby was held without a point. Malkin registered one assist.

Pittsburgh faced a near-identical situation in last year's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Up 3-2 in the series, the Penguins allowed the Flyers to build a three-goal lead in Game 6. Pittsburgh scored five unanswered goals to win 5-3 and clinch the series.

In that contest, however, Crosby and Malkin played more prominent roles. Crosby scored the tying goal and sealed the win with an empty-netter, while Malkin set up a pair of goals, including Sergei Gonchar's game-winner.

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