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#2 VS #7: Going into the playoffs, Pittsburgh was the number two seed in the Eastern Conference with 102 points and topped the Atlantic Division while the Senators had just barely made the playoffs as the seventh seed. The Sens had several players out with injuries, including captain Daniel Alfredsson who missed the first two games.

The Penguins had home-ice advantage going into the series and won the first game against the Senators by a score of 4-0; then Game 2 by a score of 5-3. Even though the series moved to Ottawa for the next two games, Pittsburgh continued to dominate the Senators and won the third game 4-1; and finally Game 4 by a score of 3-1 to ultimately sweep the Senators in Round 1.

The Penguins advanced in the playoffs all the way to the 2008 Stanley Cup Final ultimately falling short of the championship to the Detroit Red Wings.


This was Game 3 of the series highlighted by rookie goaltender, Hedberg’s, amazing performance leading to a shutout.

The Penguins were the sixth seed and the Capitals were the third seed; however, Pittsburgh eventually took the series in six games (scores for GAME 1: 1-2, Caps; GAME 2: 2-1, Pens; GAME 3: 3-0, Pens; GAME 4: 4-3 (OT), Caps; GAME 5: 2-1, Pens; GAME 6: 4-3 (OT), Pens); they moved on to the New Jersey Devils who halted the Penguins playoff run by defeating them in five games.


  • the Penguins fell to the Boston Bruins, 6-2, and were eventually swept in the quarterfinals

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