05/23/2013 02:08 EDT | Updated 07/22/2013 05:12 EDT

Stanley Cup Stories: Penguins' stars burn Senators

There was no stopping the Penguins in Game 4 as Jarome Iginla and James Neal led Pittsburgh's surge past the Ottawa Senators in the top NHL playoffs stories from Wednesday:

1. A strong start early in the first period wouldn't be enough for the Senators to hold off the powerhouse Penguins. Ottawa led 2-1 in the opening frame of Game 4, but Pittsburgh's stars came out at Scotiabank Place. Penguins forwards James Neal and Jarome Iginla each scored a pair while defenceman Kris Letang had four assists in a 7-3 rout. Pascal Dupuis and captain Sidney Crosby also added to the damage to give Pittsburgh a commanding 3-1 series lead. Exactly how do the high-octane Pens do it? Check out this infographic. The series returns to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Friday (CBC,, 7:30 p.m. ET).

2. While the Penguins put on a spectacular display on Hockey Night in Canada for guest analyst Martin Brodeur, support remained strong in the nation's capital and online, especially for Craig Anderson. However,'s Tim Wharnsby writes that despite allowing six goals, the Senators asked for too much from their goalie. Now Ottawa centre Mika Zibanejad asks fans to do one thing.

3. The Detroit Red Wings could also put the Chicago Blackhawks on the ropes on Thursday (CBC,, 8 p.m. ET). Up 2-1 in the series, Detroit hosts Game 4 with the easy-going Jimmy Howard in net, who has limited Chicago to only one goal in two straight games. Also on Thursday, the New York Rangers try to stay alive against the Boston Bruins without defenceman Anton Stralman, and the San Jose Sharks hope the bounces continue to go their way against the Los Angeles Kings.

4.Alain Vigneault is officially out as the Canucks' coach, but Don Cherry puts the blame on Vancouver GM Mike Gillis. Assistants Rick Bowness and Newell Brown were also let go, and the Coach's Corner star had this to say about the decision: "As far as I'm concerned, the general manager threw three good guys down the drain and that’s a shame. [It's] his fault, all the way. Vigneault, I just get to know your name and you’re gone."