Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - James Neal notched a hat trick and an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins advanced past the Ottawa Senators with a 6-2 win in Game 5 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Penguins are now back in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2009, when they swept the Carolina Hurricanes on the way to their third Stanley Cup title in franchise history.
Tomas Vokoun, who has been the starter for Pittsburgh since taking over for Marc-Andre Fleury prior to Game 5 of the opening round series against the Islanders, stopped 29 shots to improve to 6-1 in this postseason.
Kris Letang had a goal and two assists while Evgeni Malkin gave a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who will face the winner of the New York Rangers/Boston Bruins series in the conference finals.
Kyle Turris and Milan Michalek each scored for the Senators, who had dispatched the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round.
Craig Anderson, who was tagged for six goals on 38 shots in a 7-3 loss in Game 4, gave up all six goals on 33 shots in the defeat.