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Discuss: Senators win Game 3 in double overtime

May 19, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

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Twenty-nine seconds separated the Ottawa Senators from the brink of elimination.

Instead, the Senators got a short-handed goal to send Sunday’s Game 3 to overtime and then won it in the second extra period on a goal from Colin Greening for the 2-1 victory.

The Senators now trail the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Let’s talk.

  • Pucks at the net in overtime. Andre Benoit took the point shot and Greening put home the rebound at 7:39 of double overtime.
  • Daniel Alfredsson tied the game with 29 seconds remaining in regulation. It was a short-handed goal, with Erik Karlsson in the box for a slashing minor.
  • Craig Anderson, who was pulled in Game 2, made 49 saves in a bounce-back performance Sunday.
  • Both teams had power plays in the second overtime period. Neither could capitalize.
  • The two teams were a combined 0-9 on the power play.
  • Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby were kept off the score sheet.
  • Tyler Kennedy scored the only goal of the night for Pittsburgh. It came a while ago, back with 1:07 remaining in the second period. It nearly stood as the winner.
  • Jason Spezza, the Senators forward who hadn’t played since Jan. 27 and underwent back surgery earlier this season, made his return to the lineup. He played 18:40 in ice time.
  1. heyzeus143 - May 19, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Pens in 5 now?

  2. whammy71 - May 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Mario and Sid are just helping out the league in a lock-out shortened season….more games = more TV revenue. It’s all good. Parade is still on.

  3. hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    And everyone outside Pittsburgh rejoices

  4. windmiller4 - May 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Its great to see Spezza able to come back and play. Sens are getting back in a groove again, Pens have a tough series ahead of them

  5. pensman29 - May 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    I CANNOT believe Bylsma would have malkin and letang and Neal out there with 40 seconds remaining. You don’t need to score a freaking goal YOU HAVE THE LEAD! He should of had Crosby sutter duper eaton and orpik out there, pretty much anybody that knows how to play defense. And they were on the power play. Unbelievable. And I now think fleury gets the start next game, cause vokoun won’t be able to move tomorrow.

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 20, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      He doesn’t have to be able to move tomorrow. He has to be able to move on Wednesday. Regardless, I don’t think anybody is practicing tomorrow. Solid effort on both sides. Could have gone either way, really. Vokoun and Anderson both looked incredible. You knew it was going to come down to whoever’s forwards made the bigger defensive lapse first.

    • stakex - May 20, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      Not a chance in hell the human sieve gets the start next game. Vokoun has been solid, though not amazing, for the Pens and there is simply no chance they risk going back to Fleury in such a big game…. and make no mistake about it, Wednesday’s game is going to be huge.

      Besides, two days off for an NHL goalie is far more then enough time to recover. If its not, somethings wrong.

    • hemelgarb - May 20, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      What does “should of” mean?

    • hazlydose - May 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Neal wasn’t on the ice. If your going to complain at least get it right. Kunitz let Alfredsson blow by him and coasted into the zone like Ovi does. Paul Martin chased a Senators forward to the boards when he was the defenseman on the opposite side of the ice. Letang did not slide over to cover the backdoor when there was no threat on his side. Malkin did not slide down to cover the slot. Everyone on the ice was at fault except for Vokoun. It was a complete defensive breakdown.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - May 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    I can’t wait to see Geno Nation defend Genos stupid ass!! I just can’t believe how Malkin never even picked up that old bag of bones coming in from the back door. Such an irritating loss. As for Chris Neil he got what he deserved…could honestly careless for him. Can’t wait to see Crying Brain rag on Orpik.

    • jpelle82 - May 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      malkin had a good game, was probably the best defensive forward on the ice last night. he was backchecking and turning pucks over left and right. blame the whole pens team for taking it easy on the pp there at the end, they gave the game away by not gaining any sort of zone time and underestimating the situation. pretty sad powerplay efforts all the way around last night, good pk by the sens though didnt help.

    • hazlydose - May 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Paul Martin never should have chased a senator across the ice. Alfredsson was originally Kunitz’s guy and Kunitz let him go without handing him off. Malkin didn’t cover the slot and Letang didn’t cover for Martin when he went charging across the ice. The whole team was at fault on that goal. It looked like pee-wee hockey.

  7. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Eaton looked pretty bad on the OT winner. He let Greening go for a second to pick up his stick. This gave Greening enough time to take the rebound, which Vokoun failed to control. Vokoun should get the nod next game. It’s not so much about the wrong guys being on the ice, but more about what they were not doing. Attacking!

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Anderson was a wall last night. It happens. The Pens could have crashed the net a bit more and got into Anderson’s face a bit more before and after the whistle the way that OTT was doing, but for the most part it’s hard to say they didn’t do their job, with 50 shots and all.

      Vokoun had like a .96 save percentage, of course he’ll start.

    • johnnyd76 - May 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      You are absolutely correct! We attacked all game, controlled the puck, fought hard on the boards and got clears. Then with 29 seconds left 1:20 left we back off? I saw it, the announcer commented on it and low and behold the PENS paid the price. You can not let off the gas – even for one second – on this Ottawa team. They are skilled and will (and did) make you pay. There is a lesson to be learned here – PLAY HARD FOR 60 MINUTES!!!!

  8. mp1131211 - May 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Great game. I don’t get why people say low scoring is bad for entertainment value. I’d take a game like that any day over a high scoring sloppy defensive one any day. Great to see Ottawa fans light up at the end, too. That place was loud !!!

    • hockeyflow33 - May 20, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      Agreed, that game was awesome

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 20, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      It was low scoring with a TON of crazy scoring chances on both sides which made it exciting. Any hockey fan could appreciate that game. Valiant effort from both teams, specifically the goaltenders. Both Anderson and Vokoun came ready for the showdown in net tonight. Just a bunch of insane saves on both sides.

  9. sjsharks66 - May 20, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    I cant believe the pens let the sens score. You let them pull their goalie and score on a PENALTY KILL! Insane..

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 20, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      Don’t act that surprised because it’s the second time they gave up a critical SHG in these playoffs. They gave up the first to Okposo when they blew that 4-2 lead in the game 3 third period because they just tossed the puck around on their PP. It gave the Islanders a ton of momentum to come back and tie the game. They eventually won that game in overtime, but it was the same “sit back and wait” defense on the PP that caused them to give up the goal to put themselves in the situation in the first place. If the Pens get knocked out defensive lapses will be the cause, no doubt. Bylsma is as much to blame as the players, though. He put guys on the ice like the Pens were the ones that needed the goal instead of defense-first players that could shut the Islanders down like they had in the first 19 minutes.

  10. 19to77 - May 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    That Karlsson penalty was the best thing to happen to the Sens all night. Bylsma threw out the Malkin power play unit, but for some reason they just played cautious and tried to kill time instead of attacking and pinning the Sens in the zone. If they had actually treated it like a power play and tried to pressure, or if he had sent out his defensive units and let THEM play the conservative game, they’d have run out the clock. What a bad decision.

    And what a magnificent game by Anderson, especially in the first OT. Standing tall for his team.

    • jpelle82 - May 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      the save on malkin in ot followed by methot stuffing the rebound sealed the deal. after dupuis hit the post i knew it wasnt meant to be.

  11. Stiller43 - May 20, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Poop. 28 seconds away from the series being over (for all intents and purposes). *sigh* still like my pens in 5 or 6 though.

    • jpelle82 - May 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      pens havent lost 2 in a row in the playoffs yet and didnt do it but twice all season. not worried but this kind of play from anderson should make it a bit more interesting. good bounce back game for karlsson, minus the dive and the slash he had a good game.

  12. blomfeld - May 20, 2013 at 1:05 AM


    Great win by Ottawa and all, but the question still begets answering … what’s up with the logo ? I mean seriously, weren’t Roman senators always bedecked in toga robes or something ? Therefore what’s with the deal with the Roman ‘legionnaire’ image on the Ottawa uniforms ? …

    The Roman legionary was a professional soldier of the Roman army after the Marian reforms. Legionaries had to be Roman citizens under the age of 45. They enlisted in a legion for twenty-five years of service, a change from the early practice of enlisting only for a campaign. The last five years were on veteran lighter duties.

    On the march in unfriendly terrain, the legionary would be loaded down with armour commonly lorica hamata, lorica squamata, or 1st-3rd century lorica segmentata, shield (scutum), helmet (galea), two javelins (one heavy pilum and one light verutum), a short sword (gladius), a dagger (pugio), a pair of heavy sandals (caligae), a sarcina (marching pack), about fourteen days worth of food, a waterskin (bladder for water), cooking equipment, two stakes (sudes murale) for the construction of palisades, and a shovel or wicker basket.

    The Roman soldier underwent especially rigorous training; discipline was the base of the army’s success, and the soldiers were relentlessly and constantly trained with weapons and especially with drill — forced marches with full load and in tight formation were frequent. Discipline was important and infractions were heavily punished by the centurions. However, honours, rewards and promotions were frequently awarded to legionaries who distinguished themselves in battle or through exemplary service.

    ps: I’m pulling for you Senators (Legionnaires) in this series big time … so ‘congrats’ on tonight’s work ! :)

  13. hockeyfan28 - May 20, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Two words we got a series now Craig Anderson dude was flat out the man tonight

  14. chanceoffleury1 - May 20, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Honestly, I think Bylsma is to blame more than any of the players. What the hell was he doing putting guys like Neal and Malkin in there in the final 2 minutes to protect a one goal lead. You know they’re going to pull Anderson the first chance they get to offset the man-advantage. Rotate Dupuis, Murray, Sutter, Letang, Orpik, Adams, Martin and Cooke the last 2 minutes. They did a fabulous job killing the period up until the powerplay. Some of the best lead-protection I’ve seen them pull all season for the first 19 minutes, in fact. As soon as they threw in the powerplay it all went to hell.

  15. thewaytonever - May 20, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    I don’t have a horse in the race but I love how the Sens play. When alfie tied it up, shorthanded, with the goalie pulled, I yelled so loud everyone at work thought I had lost it

  16. steelers88 - May 20, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    If anderson stays hot for the rest of this series I think the Senators win.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      Still around, eh? Extra time on your hands these days, under the bridge with your team out of the play-offs?

      • laxman1944 - May 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        You’re an a**hole……..never cease to amaze me. Go clean up the basement or no tv tonight.

  17. spavs412 - May 20, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    The problem that not one person on here has said, and why Eats looked lost, was the fact nisky came out of the box and didn’t play winger. Eaton lost his stick and nisky didn’t pick up a man or give his stick up. He tried to score then came back as a 3rd d man and the entire team was lost after that. Had he just skated to the bench made a change, the havoc at the other end might not happen. Good game tho and I’m tired today so I can only imagine how they feel?!’

  18. hounds2013 - May 20, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Sens will sweep from here on. Crysby and Malkant won’t know what hit them.

  19. hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Anderson was outstanding in that game – absolutely brilliant. It’s hard to mind the Pens losing when they put 50 shots on him, quality ones at that.

    I’m glad that none of the Pens resorted to Neil’s tactics of falling all over the goalie, either. If his hot streak continues, and the refs aren’t calling that stuff on the goalie the way they weren’t last night, the Pens should consider bring Anderson into some extra curricular stuff. If it’s legal to get in Vokoun’s kitchen, it’s legal for Anderson to be victimized also.

    • jpelle82 - May 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      thank you….man that ticked me off…he went out of the way to fall on top of vokoun twice. glad he got what he deserved in the end without the pens getting sucked into any dumb stuff.

  20. blastfurnaceknows - May 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Great, hard-fought game, but I am surprised that no one has commented on the lousy officiating last night. Not biased, mind you, but LOUSY!!! So many obvious penalties ignored while each team picked up penalties on bogus phantom calls.

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