PITTSBURGH - APRIL 14: Chris Neil #25 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his goal with teammates against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Mellon Arena on April 14, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Ottawa's Grinders Net Three Goals, Senators Edge Pens In Game One, 5-4

The 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs opened Wednesday night, and did so in disappointing fashion for the defending champs. Ottawa got key contributions from their third and fourth lines to edge Pittsburgh in Game 1, 5-4. Read more at Silver Seven and PensBurgh.

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Senators 5, Penguins 4: Ottawa Opens Playoffs With Win Over Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jarkko Ruutu's goal midway through the third period proved to be the game-winner, as the balanced Ottawa attack led the Senators to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opener of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at Mellon Arena.

Peter Regin, Chris Kelly, Erik Karlsson and Chris Neil also scored for the fifth-seeded Senators, who returned to the postseason after failing to qualify last year. Ottawa's last playoff appearance prior to Wednesday night was a four-game sweep at the hands of these Penguins in the first round in 2008.

Brian Elliott made 17 saves in the victory.

Evgeni Malkin scored twice for the Penguins, who opened their 2009 Cup title defense as the No. 4 seed and will attempt to even the series here on Friday. Craig Adams and Alex Goligoski also scored in the losing effort.

Marc-Andre Fleury allowed five goals on 26 shots for Pittsburgh.

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