Penguins hit the road as narrow Game 3 favourites vs. Senators

The final minutes mean nothing because that's what happens to every team down a goal with a couple minutes to spare. You have probably heard that word thrown around a lot lately, what with the creeping, exploding absurdities of the world these days.

The Penguins overall were dominant last night but had trouble just getting the puck in the net.

So far, this series has been an example of hot-and-cold play; as Rob Trites of OddsShark noted, despite their win in Game 1, the Senators looked out of sorts in Game 2 as they fell to the Penguins.

Pittsburgh picked things up over the course of the second period and led in shots 20-16 going into the third, but to no avail, thanks to Anderson.

That is a strong list.

Frustrated by an inability to get anything by Ottawa's Craig Anderson, cameras caught Kessel pounding his fists and ordering his teammates to look for him.

Or, maybe, Kris Letang. It took him 28 games during the regular season to reach 13 points.

The Penguins finished Game 2 with a 57-35 advantage in shot attempts, including 47-29 at 5-on-5.

They have limited the Pittsburgh Penguins to two goals.

Q: Coach, can you explain the success your team has had in overtime these playoffs? The Penguins are just. playing through it. He lost his bid for a shutout when Crosby deflected a Phil Kessel shot though his legs just over six minutes into the third. "We approach it with the same mentality, and hopefully that's something that will help us out with the situation we're in now".

In question now is whether head coach Mike Sullivan turns to Murray, who helped deliver the Pens a Cup last season and was excellent in his first full National Hockey League season, for Game 4 on Friday night or goes back to Fleury, who pitched a shutout in Game 2.

"I don't know if it's that we're comfortable with it", centre Zack Smith said as the Senators enjoyed a day away from the ice in Pittsburgh Sunday. Everybody's looking for answers.

If the Sens want to score against the Penguins, they're going to need to play with a lot more speed and intensity like they did in game one.

Character is one thing, talent is another.

The Sens were quick to disprove critics of the tiresome, bend-but-do not break trap system they have deployed to slow the Penguins with a goal 48 seconds into the game and three more in a span of 2:18 later in the first period after Mike Hoffman got the party started.

The Penguins stayed on the attack despite some heavy hitting in their attacking zone by Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf, whose thunderous check on Bryan Rust coming through the middle with the puck at 4:58 of the first period knocked the Penguins forward out of the game.

Hoffman opened the scoring at the 48-second mark, banking a shot in off Fleury from behind the goal line for his fifth goal of the playoffs. The Penguins played well enough in his absence after he was knocked out of Game 2, but he leaves behind a significant void, specifically on the power play. "I think progress is made. The start was really big for us but I thought we did a very good job on a very good team". "We've got guys who are invested and want to win".

Sidney Crosby replied for the injury-depleted Penguins, who trailed 5-0 after two periods. They are already this generation's defining player, and its secretly defining one. He's now their best offensive defenseman and had eight points in 13 previous playoff games while averaging 21:10 of ice-time per-contest. They have never won carrying this much freight.

  • Julie Sanders