Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, back, looks at the replay as Ottawa Senators\' Joe Corvo (7), Chris Neil, center, and Dany Heatley, right, of Germany, celebrate teammate Jason Spezza\'s goal in the first period of NHL Stanley Cup quarterfinal hockey action in Pittsburgh, Tuesday. (AP/Gene J. Puskar)
The Senators proved they could win a one-goal game when it counts - they lost 22-of-32 such games during the regular season, despite finishing second in the league in goal scoring. They weathered a dominating second by Pittsburgh, a reversal of the first three games, and remained patient and persistent until getting the winner.
Ottawa takes a 3-1 lead into Game 5 on Thursday night, where the teams split the first two games in the Eastern Conference first-round series.
The go-ahead goal by Volchenkov, one of the least likely scorers in a series matching two of the NHL's three best offensive teams, came amid an ever-shifting flow in which one team would press for a goal and the other would answer, creating an up-and-down and entertaining game despite the relative lack of scoring.
Mike Comrie took the puck out from behind the net toward the left corner and threw a hard pass to the slot, and Volchenkov blasted a 30-foot shot over Marc-Andre Fleury's left shoulder. Fleury had dropped to his knees early on the play in anticipation of the pass going toward the crease.
Volchenkov, a defenceman, scored only once in 78 games during the season and had only one previous playoff goal, four years and a day before scoring his second. He has only nine goals in 229 career regular-season games.