Sidney Crosby had his second career playoff hat trick, and the host Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Brenden Morrow added his first playoff goal in more than five years, Tomas Vokoun made 19 saves, and the Penguins rode their superstar captain to their fourth straight victory.
Crosby beat Craig Anderson three times in the game's first 22 minutes, sending the goalie to the bench after stopping 18 of 21 shots.
Kyle Turris, Colin Greening and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators but couldn't stop Ottawa from falling into a hole against the Eastern Conference's top seed.
The Senators have never won a playoff series after dropping the first two games.
"We gave him (Crosby) too much room, and he took advantage," said Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips.
Game 3 is Sunday in Ottawa.
Crosby, the fifth player in Penguins franchise history to record 100 playoff points, reached the plateau in his 75th playoff game, the fifth-fastest player to reach the mark in NHL history.
Red Wings: Drew Miller called himself a viable option to rejoin the lineup, and that was all coach Mike Babcock needed to hear. The Detroit Red Wings take on the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 on Saturday at United Center. It's been four weeks since Miller broke his right thumb during a game at Vancouver.
Jack Adams finalists: Joel Quenneville, Bruce Boudreau and Paul MacLean are finalists for the Jack Adams Award, given to the head coach who has contributed most to his team's success. The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup final.
The Detroit Free Press contributed to this report.