Daniel Alfredsson scored twice during a second dominating Ottawa second period in as many days. The Senators made this lead stand, taking Pittsburgh's stars and its crowd out of the game for a 4-2 victory Sunday in Game 3 of their first-round series.
The Senators seized back home-ice advantage by mostly controlling Pittsburgh's stars and getting two key goals from one of their own in Alfredsson.
Ottawa, rebounding from a 4-3 loss at home barely 24 hours before in which it twice squandered third-period leads, takes a 2-1 lead into Game 4 on Tuesday night. Game 5 follows in Ottawa on Thursday.
The Senators have been in control for all but 1½ periods of the series, winning 6-3 in Game 1. Only this time - unlike Saturday, when the Penguins came back with three goals in the third period - they have the victory and the series lead to prove it.