They just were the better team in this one over the Pens dominating much of the final 40 minutes at Mellon Arena to go up 2-1 in the best-of-seven First Round series.
Dean McAmmond setup a beautiful goal by Daniel Alfredsson to make it 4-1. McAmmond finished with a goal, assist and a scrap. A complete game for the journeyman forward who's fit in extremely well with Ottawa. Ditto Mike Comrie, who also has played well and got a goal in this one.
Though Sidney Crosby struck to cut it to two and became only the fourth NHL player to score in his first three playoff games joining Paul Coffey, Wendel Clark and Glen Wesley, it wasn't enough to lead his team to victory.
The Sens were just better today and very determined to bounceback from a tough loss yesterday. A game they probably felt they should've won. They were very active on the forecheck and took advantage of a weak Pittsburgh D.
They also were physical as Christian Schubert nailed Rob Scuderi from behind and wasn't penalized. Versus analyst Brian Engblom felt it should've been a major and game misconduct which would've given the Pens a chance. It doesn't matter now because it wasn't called. Was it a dangerous hit? Yes. Keith Jones says, "Schubert showed no respect for Scuderi." Wow.
Given how it finished, expect more fireworks in Game 4.
Our Three Stars:
3rd Star-Mike Comrie (goal)
2nd Star-Daniel Alfredsson (2 goals)
1st Star- Dean McAmmond (goal, assist and scrap)
In the other game out West, the Ducks are ahead of the Wild 1-0 courtesy of an Andy McDonald tally from Chris Pronger as they enter the second period.
Dallas is getting ready to faceoff against Vancouver from American Airlines Center half an hour from now.