The Ottawa Senators answered the call in their 2-1 double-overtime victory in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with Pittsburgh Penguins, but will need a repeat performance in Game 4 Wednesday night at Scotiabank Place to avoid a 3-1 deficit.
Second-year Ottawa center Colin Greening punched in the game winning goal midway through the second overtime, as the Senators improve to 2-0 in extra period games in the playoffs. Pittsburgh still leads the series 2-1 overall.
Led by an incredible 49 saves from goalie Craig Anderson, one of the league’s top defenses came alive in Game 3 as Ottawa managed to hold the hot-shooting Penguins to less than three goals for the first time in their nine postseason games. It was the second 40-plus save game for Anderson in these playoffs.
Pittsburgh goaltender Tomas Vokoun was equally impressive, posting a season-high 46 saves after getting his fifth starting nod of the playoffs.
Much of the credit also belongs to Ottawa’s top ranked power play kill line, which shutdown Pittsburgh during 12 total penalty minutes.
Daniel Alfredsson’s shorthanded goal in the opening minute of the third period essentially saved the Senators season. It was the veteran Alfredsson’s third goal of the postseason, and the 50th of his 17-year career.
Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin saw his eight-game point streak snapped, but he is second with 14 points in the playoffs.
The Penguins have enough weapons in Malkin and Hart Trophy finalist Sidney Crosby, but could miss left wing Brenden Morrow, who left Tuesday’s practice for unspecified reasons.
Game 3 was the second time in this series Crosby didn’t notch a goal or an assist, but only once during the regular season has the former No. 1 overall pick failed to make an impact in the following game.
The game begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast by NBC Sports, or watch a live online stream at NBC Live Extra.
Betting Odds: Pittsburgh is favored by 1.5 goals
Over/Under: 5.5 goals
Prediction: Pittsburgh 4-2