Ice Hockey - Penguins cruise past Senators in opener

Pittsburgh's Tomas Vokoun picked up his third straight win since replacing Marc-Andre Fleury in net as the Penguins beat Ottawa 4-1 in their second round playoff series opener on Tuesday.

Ice Hockey - Penguins cruise past Senators in opener

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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun (L) is congratulated by teammate Brandon Sutter after the Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 of their NHL Eastern Conference semi-final hockey game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 14, 2013. (Reuters)

Vokoun was given his chance after the New York Islanders beat the Penguins 6-4 in Game Four of the first round.

The Czech netminder has repaid the faith shown in him by coach Dan Bylsma, winning two in a row to eliminate the Islanders and making 35 saves on Tuesday to repel the Senators.

Pascal Dupuis scored his NHL-leading sixth goal of the playoffs while Paul Martin, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz also tallied for the top seeded Penguins.

Colin Greening netted the lone goal for Ottawa, who had brushed aside Montreal in five games in the first round.

Game Two of the Eastern Conference semi-final is on Friday, again in Pittsburgh.

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