Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby tends to step it up a notch when playing in the postseason, especially against the Ottawa Senators.
Crosby posted his second career playoff hat trick Friday to lead the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Senators in Game 2 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series from CONSOL Energy Center.
The Nova Scotia-born center has owned Ottawa in recent years, picking up at least one point (10G, 15A) in nine of his past 11 postseason games against the Sens.
Brenden Morrow registered Pittsburgh's other goal, which ended up being the deciding tally for the Pens, who have a 2-0 lead in a series for the first time since sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2009 Eastern Conference finals en route to their last Stanley Cup title.
Tomas Vokoun stopped 19 shots in the victory, Pittsburgh's fourth in a row.
Kyle Turris, Colin Greening, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each scored once for the Senators, who fell to 2-3 on the road in the 2013 playoffs.
Craig Anderson allowed three goals on 21 shots before being removed following Crosby's third goal early in the second. Robin Lehner, making his first career postseason appearance, stopped 20-of-21 shots in relief.
The Senators will look to get back on track Sunday when they host Game 3.