Pittsburgh scored eight goals in the first two games of the series and eventually succumbed in overtime, but took the second game in Canada by seven goals to three. The high-scoring Penguins will return home for what appears to be the final game against Ottawa, and rest ahead of a very likely confrontation with the Bruins in the conference final.
Match: Pittsburgh vs Ottawa
Odds: William Hill 1.73
Pittsburgh was the highest scoring team in National Hockey League in the regular season and they proved to be more than a match for the Senators in game three. Ottawa played the same aggressive hockey that help them outshine Montreal, but they found themselves with fewer men on the ice all too often. Sidney Crosby scored just once and contributed to another goal, while Iginla and Neal added two more on their personal record, scoring twice in power-play.
The Senators took an early lead and after James Neal scored unassisted 10 min. later, they rebounded and were ahead by the end of the first period. What happens next can be easily described as a complete meltdown, as Ottawa conceded six consecutive games without scoring. When Daniel Alfredsson scored with 5 min. left in regulation time, the dices had been already thrown and the Senators will need to win three consecutive games to prevail. Despite conceding seven goals, Craig Anderson is not to blame as his backline failed to block sufficient shots and allowed the opponents to send a hail pucks and his net.
By defeating the Canadians in the opening series, Ottawa exceeded expectations but there is very little they can do to avoid elimination. Pittsburgh won’t postpone the inevitable and will finish the job tonight, so punters should take advantage of the odds of 1.73 offered by William Hill.