Sidney Crosby scored all three Pittsburgh goals for the first natural hat trick of his six-season career and the Penguins won a matchup of teams on long winning streaks, beating the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 on Thursday night.
Sidney Crosby scored three times after Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff stopped him on a penalty shot early in the game and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their sixth in a row, beating the Flames 4-1 on Saturday behind backup goalie Brent Johnson.
The Pens must win a best-of-three showdown with the Habs in order to advance to a third straight East finals. There's no better person to set the right tone for such a challenge than Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma.
Evgeni Malkin finished a frantic Pittsburgh rally with 15.5 seconds left in overtime for his second goal and the Penguins, looking lifeless while trailing by three goals early in the third, surged to beat Tampa Bay 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Alexander Ovechkin finished off an exceptional game by teaming with Alexander Semin to beat Pittsburgh goalie Ty Conklin with backhanders in the shootout and the Capitals came from behind for a 6-5 victory Monday night.