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Relaxed Penguins looking to take control, Ottawa tries to find footing heading into Game 2

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates with Pittsburgh Penguins' Chris Kunitz (14) after scoring in the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates with Pittsburgh Penguins' Chris Kunitz (14) after scoring in the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean talks to a referee in the third period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The Penguins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean talks to a referee in the third period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The Penguins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun (92) takes a timeout back at his bench with Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, right, in the third period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators in Pittsburgh Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The Penguins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun (92) takes a timeout back at his bench with Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, right, in the third period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators in Pittsburgh Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The Penguins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

The Ottawa Senators don't think they need to play a perfect game to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, just a smarter one.

The Penguins rolled to a 4-1 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday. Pittsburgh can take a commanding lead in the series if it can win Game 2 on Friday.

Ottawa coach Paul MacLean says his team needs to "break even" on special teams if it wants to have a chance. That didn't happen in Game 1, as the Penguins scored twice on the power play and once shorthanded.

The Senators say they like the way they played when the game was at even strength and hope to improve on a power play that went 0 for 6 in the opener.