Special teams hurt Sens

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- The Senators shut down Sidney Crosby, but not much else went right last night.

Ottawa's power play was brutal, Gary Roberts turned back the clock to hurt them again and defenceman Anton Volchenkov took a puck to the face. All that added up to a 4-0 loss to the Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final at Mellon Arena.

Roberts scored twice while Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora also scored for the Penguins, with the Senators unable to cash in on two lengthy two-man advantages -- including a span of 52 seconds to start the third.

"Special teams obviously cost us the game," said Senators winger Dany Heatley. "Call the third and fourth goal what you I want, I'd say it was a 2-0 game. "We have to be better (tomorrow)."

"We had our chances, but we couldn't score on those 5-on-3s," said centre Jason Spezza. "Those have got to be an automatic. We had great chances and we just couldn't score."

Marc-Andre Fleury was strong in net for the Penguins, making 26 saves for his first career playoff shutout.

"We obviously got outplayed. They scored on the first shift to put us in a catch-up mode," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "We weren't very good at getting the pucks to the net on those power plays. We talked to our guys because it's been going on for far too long."

Already without captain Daniel Alfredsson and centres Mike Fisher and Chris Kelly, the Senators took another huge hit with 9:26 left in the second period when Volchenkov had to be helped off the ice with a head laceration that required stitches. He didn't return.

Volchenkov , who was trying to block a Malkin point shot, appeared to be falling to the ice when the puck hit him in the face.

While Volchenkov was being helped to the dressing room, workers were cleaning up a pool of blood. Volchenkov has a deep pressure cut and couldn't get his helmet back on. The Senators hope he will play tomorrow.

"I got a chance to see him for a second," said defenceman Chris Phillips. "He's lucky it was his forehead and not his eye."

Roberts has scored 14 of his 32 playoff goals against the Senators.

"They are stats I don't even look at," said Roberts. "That's probably because they are the only team I have faced in the last eight years."

Senators goalie Martin Gerber stepped with several good saves in the second period, keeping his team in the game.

The Senators weren't only beaten up on the scoreboard, defenceman Wade Redden took it on the chin in a fight with Pittsburgh's Ryan Whitney late in the third.


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