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Penguins lament giving up late short-handed goal

May 20, 2013, 1:28 AM EDT

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They were so close.

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a one-goal lead and, thanks to an Erik Karlsson slashing penalty, a power play with 1:27 remaining in the third period. All they had to do was hold on, and the Penguins would’ve secured a 3-0 series lead over the Ottawa Senators.

Instead, with Senators’ goalie Craig Anderson pulled for the extra attacker, Daniel Alfredsson scored a short-handed goal with 29 seconds remaining in regulation time to pull Ottawa into a 1-1 tie.

Alfredsson, who was left all alone to go to the front of the net, one-timed home a beautiful pass from Milan Michalek.

I was sitting in the penalty box feeling pretty sad,” Karlsson told NHL Network, as per

“But that’s why he’s our captain. He really went hard to the net and in the end he was all alone and he made a great play and he put it behind them.”

The Senators would later win Game 3 in double overtime, cutting Pittsburgh’s series lead to 2-1.

A lead – even if it was of the slim, one-goal variety – and a late-game power play for the Eastern Conference’s top regular season team should’ve been enough for the Penguins to close this one out. Right? Wrong.

“We had two defensemen on the ice, and we were thinking about halfway through a change with the forward line,” Penguins’ head coach Dan Bylsma told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“They had their goalie pulled, so it was five skaters apiece. It’s a situation where they were able to make a play that created a big gap in our group.”



  1. Mike Dusak - May 20, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Big win for Sens, need Anderson to be that great again to win game four.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - May 20, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Thanks Geno! The only thing I expect from him every game is to take a stupid penalty or give up a bad turnover that leads to a goal. I mean really all 5 guys played the puck and the not the Ottawa Senators in the last 31 seconds. Highly irritating loss if you ask me!

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      I’m actually encouraged with the way the pens played. Our goaltender went save for save with the hottest goaltender in the league during the regular season, on his home ice, four almost 90 minutes. Considering the facts that the Senators had the last line change and emotional lift they got from Spezza’s return, the pens were due.

      Regroup, refocus, reload. Let’s go Pens!

  3. stakex - May 20, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Lost in all of this is the fact that the Sens, never in a million years, should have been short handed to begin with at that point. Karlsson broke his own stick when he hit Cook’s, which isn’t a penelty. Ever. Not in pre-season, and sure as hell not against a team thats down 2-0 in a series, 1-0 in game three with less then two minutes left. On top of that, the refs missed a very obvious high stick against the Pens not long before this. Simply terrible.

    The good news is that, at least sometimes, there is justice in the world afterall. The refs were wearing black, white, and yellow tonight… and the Sens still found a way to win, and in dramatic fasion no less. Not a Sens fan, but it was great to watch.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Breaking someone’s stick isn’t a penalty, either. A slash is. A slash doesn’t even need to connect in order to be called a penalty.

      61.1 Slashing – Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the shin pads, should not be penalized as slashing. Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent’s body, the opponent’s stick, or on or near the opponent’s hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing.

      It’s cool that you don’t like the Pens, it’s also cool that your opinions are dumb as dirt but you insist on sharing anyway. But the Pens are not the only team on the ice not being called. Right after the “high stick” drama with the actress Karlsson, there was another one on Dupuis…he had the puck and was crossing the blue line and took it right on the chin….you didn’t see? REALLY? Hmmm….I wonder why? You see what you want to see.

      The refs have pretty much swallowed their whistles unless it’s something they need to call – you want to know my honest opinion on why they called Karlsson’s slash and didn’t call it when he got hit in the mouth? I think they were just flat out tired of hearing him run his mouth – that faucet was in the on position all night long, just like yours. They were probably secretly cheering the fact that he got jacked. (actually, I think it was more dramatization, and I think he should have got another call for it).

      Neil has been able to get away with anything he wants all series long…there’s been rough play on both sides. OTT was down two games to none before last night – they were playing desparate hockey and it crossed the line on more than one occassion – but to say the Pens, that were playing conservatively all night, were somehow benefitted by bias, is just plain stupid. Stakex = stupid.

    • pens5829 - May 20, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      You obviously missed the constant interference (three within the first two minutes of the first OT) that’s so prevalent in Ottawa’s game. Apparently Karlsson’s achilles isn’t be fully healed. He sure falls down a lot…

    • jpelle82 - May 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      stake just started watching hockey in 08 when he realized DC had a team and heard about this russian guy number 8. cant expect him to know what a penalty is or isnt, and his rockin red jealousy disqualifies him from making any kind of credible analysis on this series.

  4. fbothharbaughs - May 20, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    So… if the slasher breaks his own stick on the slash-ees stick it shouldn’t be a penalty?

    What kinda logic is that, Dummy?

    I agree Cooke’s high-stick was missed, but to not make a penalty call late in a close playoff game is asisine; a penalty’s a penalty.

  5. hounds2013 - May 20, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    This series won’t go the distance. All Ottawa had to do is win one to know it can win 4. This series ends in Game 6, with Ottawa winning.

    • pens5829 - May 20, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      This ain’t Montreal buddy. It won’t even making it back to Ottawa. Series over Friday night. Pens are pissed they lost like they did and will come back with a vengance. Spezza thinks he got hit a lot last night? Ain’t nothing compared to what he’s gonna get next game. Karlsson’s diving act is old and he’ll get pounded too.

  6. heyzeus143 - May 20, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Good, makes it more fun, pens in 5

  7. myspaceyourface - May 20, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    I blame 2 people.

    1. Danny Boy for having the offensive players in the game to play defense with the game on the line.

    2. Geno for a being a typical lazy Russian skater. He made me sooo mad last night.

    • jpelle82 - May 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      he had an excellent game last night defensively. you’re ok to blame dan, pp unit 2 with dupuis, sutter, morrow shouldve been out there, but malkin had an excellent game all around and almost won it in ot.

  8. latrobe21 - May 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Bylsma needs to be on the same plane out of Pittsburgh that Fleury is on. This idiot starts the power play with 5 offensive players – as if Pittsburgh is down by a goal – instead of putting “defensive” defensemen on the ice to protect a lead for another 2 minutes . . . A lead that the Pens protected for 20 minutes already. Bylsma is a terrible game coach. If the Pens come through, it will be because of incredible talent, and not coaching.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      It was a bad play – but I’ve heard this over and over – Bylsma put his best players on the ice, period. He put his power play unit, a unit that knows how to play keep away, on the ice. Mistakes were made, and OTT won a hard fought game. But jesus, 2 games to 1 in the second round and we’re firing Bylsma already?

  9. navyeoddavee9 - May 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    hounds2013: why don’t you bet, your life savings on Ottawa, winning 3 in a row. NOT, cause you know, it ain’t going to happen. I don’t think anybody was thinking sweep, Pens in 6!

  10. myroncopesflask - May 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    This loss falls on Disco Dan. If he was planning on not trying to score on that last PP he should have had the right players on the ice. If they were playing on sitting back and playing it safe Malkin has no business being on the ice. In his presser Bylsma said the Pens got caught up on a line change for the game tying goal. That is B.S.!! He should have had Cooke, Duper, and Sutter on the ice from the get go.

    Looked to me that the Pens thought they had the game in the bag. Judging by the anger in the that locker room after the game I have a feeling that Wednesday might end up being a rough game for the Sens.

  11. myroncopesflask - May 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Boy was it nice to see Orpik bury Neil.. Surprised that it wasn’t called but the refs let a ton of penalties go. I know the Pens had 6 power plays but in OT there were at least 3 times that a Penguin was outright tackled and 2 times a Senator had the same thing happen to them. The also let Cooke get away with a high stick. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think it would have had much of an impact on the Pens if they had a few more PP as they have gone back to their dance around and try to make pretty passes routine. If they are going to call karlsson for a dive they had better call the entire game tight. 1975

    • whiskytango333 - May 20, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Exactly. Officiating was embarrassingly inconsistent. Even as a Pens fan, I thought the calls were rather pro-penguins all night. Its playoff hockey, keep the calls to a minimum and only call it if its blatant. There is no place in round 2 for ticky tacky calls.

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