Penguins vs. Senators Game 1 update: Chris Kunitz doubles Pittsburgh's lead

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The Penguins added a late power play goal, while Cory Conacher and Brooks Orpik continued their David vs. Goliath battle.

The Pittsburgh Penguins used their lethal power play to extend their lead in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series. They led the Ottawa Senators 3-1 at the second intermission after Chris Kunitz scored at 18:33.

The Senators spent much of the period pushing for an equalizer, but failed to convert on their only power play. When Cory Conacher was penalized for holding Kunitz's stick with 2:03 left in the period, the Penguins special teams crew went to work.

Kunitz's goal came on a rebound after Jarome Iginla's shot had the puck bouncing around Craig Anderson's crease, with both Penguins forwards allowed unchecked below the Senators defense:


That wasn't the most exciting crease work of the period, however. The 5'8 Conacher got into a lengthy joust with 6'2 Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik that began in the crease behind Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun and continued out into the slot:


Orpik was making his presence known all over the Penguins zone, including this hit on Eric Gryba that left both hitting the deck:


That hit was costly for the Senators. Gryba left the game with an upper body injury and the Senators said he would not return.

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