Resilient Senators refuse to quit in Game 3 win over Penguins The Ottawa Senators had seen their season pronounced dead before, given last rites and a sympathetic benediction, so maybe this was old hat. Maybe being 35 seconds or so away from being down 3-0 in their second-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins and short-handed — against Pittsburgh, there is a tendency to feel short-handed at the best of times — wasn’t the impossibility that it seemed. They’ve been dead before. It wasn’t so bad.
But the Senators didn’t die the first time. This time Karlsson was called for slashing with 1:27 left, and who scores short-handed with 1:27 left? But Pittsburgh was content to kill clock, dump the puck in, not attack, and Daniel Alfredsson started out of his own zone, under no pressure, with about 35 seconds left. The 40-year-old captain dropped a pass to Sergei Gonchar and kept skating down the right side, and Gonchar gained the zone and found Michalek on the left-side boards, inside the blue line, and the whole Penguins defence took a stride towards him, for whatever reason.
And Alfredsson was still skating away and was steaming to the net alone, and Michalek found him, and Alfredsson deflected the pass up and in with hands that have done it ten thousand times before. The clock said there were 26.8 seconds left. Scotiabank Place was so loud.
And in the second overtime Ottawa got the puck deep, and defenceman Andre Benoit got a shot from a sharp angle that hit Vokoun in the chest and bounced and fell, and Greening slapped at it and popped it over Vokoun’s shoulder at 7:39 of double overtime for a 2-1 win in an improbable Game 3. (Patrick Doyle/The Canadian Press)
Marchand, Boston’s top goal scorer in the regular season, got his first of the post-season on a pass from Patrice Bergeron. Marchand had carried the puck up the right side, passed it to Bergeron and kept going toward the net. Bergeron passed across the slot and Marchand tipped it past goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the left side of the crease.
The Bruins carried the play throughout overtime. They applied constant pressure, but couldn’t score during a power play when Derek Dorsett was penalized for interference at 2:20 of overtime.
The man behind the biggest collection of all things No. 99 is selling his prized memorabilia.
Insurance is a big reason. Collections such as Chaulk’s are hard to buy coverage for and the thought of a fire makes him blanch. Also, he’s already got most of the main Gretzky items likely to come on the market, so the thrill of the chase is getting rarer.
“There’s not a lot of chase left. It’s like I’ve gotten to the top of the mountain.
This sums it up: Leafs goaltender James Reimer lay face-down on the ice for minutes after Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins in overtime — capping an amazing comeback after Toronto held a 4-1 lead in the third period. (Photo: Charles Krupa/The Associated Press)
This happened on Friday, when the Los Angeles Kings were still 20 minutes from closing out the St. Louis Blues in their Western Conference quarter-final. And this looks like it is one of two things: It is either two acquaintances trying to laugh off a piece of unfortunate news — or it is one of the most awkward sideline interviews in recent memory.
HUG IT OUT: The Penguins beat the Islanders last night and can win the series on Saturday — the only game played tomorrow. So clear your calendar, because this has been one of the most interesting matchups so far this year. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/The Associated Press)
So, the Leafs didn’t win on Monday night, in their first playoff game since 2003. But look at how excited Toronto is about actually having a team in the post-season. LOOK AT THEM. (Photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post)
This was probably the strangest part of last night’s Canadiens-Senators game: Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored a goal for the Senators, but got a high stick in the face and lost a tooth. Here he is trying to pick it up.
In case you’re keeping track at home — Carey Price, the Canadiens goaltender lost a tooth during Game 2 (he skated over to the bench and handed it to the trainer) and his Senators counterpart, Craig Anderson, lost a tooth in Game 1. Essentially, the team that has a player who loses a tooth, ends up winning the game. (Photo: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)