OTTAWA — Colin Greening scored 7:39 into the second overtime to give the Senators a 2-1 victory over the Penguins that cut their East semifinal deficit to 2-1
Down 1-0, Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson was called for slashing with 1:37 left in the game, appearing to clinch a 3-0 series lead for Pittsburgh.
But shortly after goalie Craig Anderson went to the bench for an extra attacker, Milan Michalek skated past the blue line and sent the puck toward the slot. Daniel Alfredsson was there, and he redirected the puck past Tomas Vokoun with 28.6 seconds left.
"Alfie is one of the best guys in the game," said Anderson, who made 49 saves, "so we want the puck on his stick at all times."
Both teams killed a penalty during the second overtime. And 20 seconds after the Senators killed theirs, Greening picked up the rebound of Andre Benoit's sharp-angle shot and put a shot past Vokoun.
"I just tried to whack at it as hard as I could," Greening said. "And luckily it went in.
"I want to give a lot of props to Alfie getting that goal shorthanded. That, obviously, gave us a chance to go into overtime. And when you go into overtime, anyone can win."
Anderson said Ottawa was confident entering overtime.
"We were just calm," he said. "We had tied it up. We had momentum. We felt like the fans really rallied behind us. We knew we just had to build off the momentum and keep the pressure on."
Vokoun stopped 46 shots for Pittsburgh but lost for the first time in five games since replacing Marc-Andre Fleury.
Bruins put Rangers in a familiar deficit
BOSTON — Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic scored in the third to seal the Bruins' 5-2 win over the Rangers in the East semifinal.
And like the first round, New York faces a 2-0 deficit.
"I think we are playing a better team now," said goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who shut out the Capitals in Games 6 and 7 to cap the rally in the quarterfinals. "So it's going to be tough to do it."
New York outshot Boston 16-9 in the second but trailed 3-2 afterward thanks, in part, to Tuukka Rask, who finished with 35 saves.
"You have to give Tuukka a lot of credit," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Turnovers and giveaways … are not something we do too much, and it could have been disastrous."
And 26 seconds into the third, Marchand tipped in Patrice Bergeron's centering pass to make it 4-2.
"We felt really good going into the third," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "And to have that type of goal go in … it hurts you."
Lucic made it 5-2 with 7:21 left by putting in a rebound.
"We gave it to them," Lundqvist said. "I thought we played great. I didn't think they had to work really hard to get a couple goals there.
"We just made it really tough on ourselves."
First Period—None. Penalties—Phillips, Ott (holding), 6:26; Glass, Pit (slashing), 16:31; Methot, Ott (tripping), 19:57.
Second Period—1, Pittsburgh, Kennedy 2 (Cooke), 18:53. Penalties—Ottawa bench, served by Conacher (too many men), :59; Z.Smith, Ott (roughing), 6:55; Crosby, Pit (high-sticking), 8:31; Murray, Pit (holding), 11:25; Karlsson, Ott (diving), 11:25.
Third Period—2, Ottawa, Alfredsson 3 (Michalek, Gonchar), 19:31 (sh). Penalties—Karlsson, Ott (slashing), 18:33.
First Overtime—None. Penalties—None.
Second Overtime—3, Ottawa, Greening 3 (Benoit, Condra), 7:39. Penalties—Phillips, Ott (holding), 1:56; Niskanen, Pit (tripping), 5:09. Shots on Goal—Pittsburgh 12-11-9-13-5—50. Ottawa 8-10-10-14-6—48. Power-play opportunities—Pittsburgh 0 of 6; Ottawa 0 of 3. Goalies—Pittsburgh, Vokoun 4-1-0 (48 shots-46 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 5-2-0 (50-49).
First Period—1, Boston, Krug 2 (Horton, Krejci), 5:28. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 2, 8:01. Penalties—Peverley, Bos (high-sticking), 9:16; Chara, Bos (slashing), 17:31.
Second Period—3, Boston, Campbell 1 (Krug, McQuaid), 2:24. 4, N.Y. Rangers, Nash 1 (Zuccarello, Girardi), 3:20. 5, Boston, Boychuk 3 (Marchand, Bergeron), 12:08. Penalties—Dorsett, NYR (roughing), 3:46; Kelly, Bos (roughing), 3:46; Brassard, NYR (hooking), 8:28; Asham, NYR (roughing), 11:46; Thornton, Bos (roughing), 11:46; Peverley, Bos (high-sticking), 13:57.
Third Period—6, Boston, Marchand 2 (Bergeron, Bartkowski), :26. 7, Boston, Lucic 3 (Krejci, Hamilton), 12:39. Penalties—Boychuk, Bos (hooking), 5:24; Dorsett, NYR, major (fighting), 13:09; Campbell, Bos, major (fighting), 13:09; Thornton, Bos (cross-checking), 18:48. Shots on Goal—N.Y. Rangers 11-16-10—37. Boston 12-9-11—32. Power-play opportunities—N.Y. Rangers 0 of 5; Boston 0 of 1. Goalies—N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 4-5-0 (32 shots-27 saves). Boston, Rask 6-3-0 (37-35).