They had just watched Sidney Crosby outrun Jason Spezza behind the Senators net and heard the P.A. announcer call out what proved to be the winning goal when a few of the Penguins broke out in laughter.
Tickling their funny bone was the fact Bill Guerin was awarded the second helper on Kris Letang’s mesh-finder.
“That was a great assist by Billy,” Brooks Orpik said after the series-tying 2-1 victory over Ottawa Friday. “(He touched it) probably 40 seconds before Tanger shot it.”
Crosby did a magnificent job for the Penguins at each end of the ice, allowing them to get back into a series after flirting with falling behind 2-0. The scene switches to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4 Sunday and Tuesday.
“It’s a matchup of two teams looking for the exact same thing, and it’s going to come down to who does it better,” said Crosby, who also scored the first Penguins goal and swept the puck away from the goal line as an Anton Volchenkov shot threatened to cross with just more than nine minutes left in the third. “We’ve split that here, and we’ve got to make sure we continue to do the same thing.”
Asked what was going through his mind leading up to the deciding goal, Crosby said he was just trying to get some space.
“Somebody was on me, I don’t know who was following me around, but they were tracking me pretty good,” he said. “Finally I got a step, and I tried to get to the net, but they had a ton of guys there and I think a couple of our guys were there as well. So I just tried to make the play to Tanger. He had tons of time and he did a great job of getting it through.”
Said Letang: “If I would have missed the net I would have felt really bad.
“They (Ottawa) have a really good team,” the defenceman added. “I think people think they’re not as good, but I think they have a really good team. They’re really structured, they play really well defensively, they’re big, strong and they forecheck really well.”
Maxime Talbot said he didn’t really see the Andy Sutton hit that knocked Pittsburgh defenceman Jordan Leopold from the game — and by the sounds of it, his teammates didn’t have a good look at it either — but thought it did add a little fuel to the Penguins’ fire.
“I think since the drop of the puck we were pretty fired up,” said Talbot, “and we were consistent all game.
“It would have been really bad to be down 2-0 going back to Ottawa. We talked about that, and talked about playing our game. Now we’re back to even.
“Game 3 is going to be good.”