20 May, 2017
The Senators scored 48 seconds into the game and chased Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with four goals on nine shots en route to a convincing 5-1 victory over the Penguins at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday.
Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said forward Alex Burrows was a game-time decision, but defenseman Mark Borowiecki remains out.
It was a odd game in a weird series in a freakish playoffs, and that's hockey this year.
Brassard got the first of three when he snatched Erik Karlsson's dump-in and swung wide of the Pittsburgh goal.
Hosting their first Eastern Conference final game in 10 years, the Sens came out flying. It was 4-0 after one period, and it was over. "We still know what we have to do out there to be successful as a group". We didn't work hard enough to score, we didn't win enough battles to score. "If it's a 2-1 loss or a 5-1 loss, we look at it the same way and just put it behind us and be ready for the next one". You don't really give your team a chance in the game.
They did, and it was. a Sensvalanche?
"Like always in the playoffs, I think we've been good at (having) short memories", said Fleury. "We didn't. But they all seemed to go in the net". "I don't think there's anyone following him around the ice". I think it's a readiness. "It's out of my control, so I don't really think too much about it". Our team is usually a team that plays that way.
A pretty humorous and harmless jab thrown at Crosby by Karlsson. This, for Ottawa, was bliss.
"We just have to stay with it". We just have to dig down.
So Crosby fumed, and the Penguins seemed shell-shocked, and Game 4 is now a swing game.
Streit was making his playoff debut for the increasingly battered Pens, who lost Justin Schultz and Bryan Rust to upper-body injuries in Game 2. The Penguins defence is all Band-Aids and gauze and tape, and the Senators, with some good bounces, tore it apart.
"We're guilty of a bad start, but I think, as far as the goal scoring, I think, just keep going here, and we'll get the results we want", Crosby said. We've got to be playing on our toes.
So now, Game 4. Pittsburgh is injury-ravaged and has a defence corps full of replacement-level players; Ottawa can be dominated in terms of puck possession.
Game 2 was the rare off night for the Senators' captain.
Malkin leads the National Hockey League in playoff scoring (20 points), with Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby tied for fourth with 15 points each. He posted a.923 save percentage this season while starting 47 games. Will they roar back? Are the Penguins out of gas? The Senators are back in control of this series, for however long that lasts.