Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Senators outfight Canadiens

OTTAWA — Rookie Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his first hat trick to lead the Senators in a fight-filled 6-1 victory over the Canadiens on Sunday night, and Ottawa took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

The third period started with the Senators leading 2-1, but after Pageau's second goal 1:18 in and a Kyle Turris score seven minutes in, emotions overflowed, and a line brawl broke out at center ice on the ensuing faceoff.

The Senators ended up with the man advantage, and Jakob Silfverberg beat goalie Carey Price up high to make it 5-1 with over 12 minutes remaining.

More penalties were called, and at one point Ottawa was left with five players on the bench and Montreal six. The teams were assessed a total of 236 penalty minutes; 11 players were in double digits. Nine players received game misconducts.

The nastiness continued to the end of the game. With 17 seconds left, Ottawa coach Paul MacLean — already on Montreal's naughty list for saying the Senators' Eric Gryba was blameless for his Game 1 hit that put the Canadiens' Lars Eller in the hospital — called a timeout.

Montreal coach Michel Therrien said MacLean did it to humiliate the Canadiens.

MacLean responded, "I'm classless? This is another disrespectful thing? They were doing a good job of (humiliating) themselves. … They don't need my help."

He said he called the timeout to protect his players, "and I will do that every time."

Wild stings 'Hawks in OT: Beating the Blackhawks usually requires a certain kind of performance: bruising, aggressive and unflappable.

That's what the Wild produced in its first home playoff game in five years. It had a little luck, too, when Jason Zucker blindly sent a bad-angle shot toward the goal in overtime. He scored on Corey Crawford at 2:15 to give the Wild a 3-2 victory to pull within 2-1 in the West series.

"I don't know if I even saw the net. I probably didn't even look at the net," said Zucker, a rookie. "I just tried shooting it."

Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith score with 2:46 left in regulation after a slow line change by the Wild to set up the extra period, the second overtime of the series.

"They've got some physical players, and I think the crowd was really into the game too," Keith said. "It was a close game, but I think at the end of the day, they deserved to win."

Pens top Isles in OT: Chris Kunitz scored his second power play goal of the game 8:44 into overtime, off the third assist of the day by Sidney Crosby, and the Penguins rode a slew of ups and downs to a 5-4 win over the host Islanders that gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead in the East series.

Crosby, playing his second game after missing a month because of a broken jaw, drew the decisive penalty against defenseman Brian Strait, who held Crosby as he drove the net. "We were hoping we could get it done quickly," Crosby said.

The Penguins — who after trailing 2-0 early in the first carried a 4-2 lead into third, only to give up two goals in the period — went 3-for-5 on the power play but held New York scoreless on its three advantages.

"They scored on the power plays, and we didn't," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "That was the difference."

Canucks-Sharks: Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider started Game 3 after missing the first two games with what the team called a "body" injury. He declared himself "100 percent" healthy after the morning skate.

Late Saturday: Jonathan Quick made 30 saves in his fifth career playoff shutout, leading the Kings to a 1-0 Game 3 victory over the Blues and their first win in the West series. Slava Voynov scored the goal.

Ducks-Red Wings: Detroit wing Justin Abdelkader was suspended for two games for a hit to the head of Anaheim defenseman Toni Lydman in Game 3 on Saturday. Abdelkader was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Lydman had a sore neck and migraines Sunday, the team said, and didn't practice. Detroit GM Ken Holland said he didn't agree with the suspension.

at Senators1146

First Period1, Ottawa, Alfredsson 1 (Gonchar, Karlsson), 5:58 (pp). 2, Montreal, Bourque 2 (Plekanec, Gionta), 14:34 (pp). PenaltiesCowen, Ott (roughing), 3:24; Pacioretty, Mon (slashing), 4:07; Gorges, Mon (hooking), 5:39; Condra, Ott (tripping), 11:31; Bourque, Mon (roughing), 12:04; Subban, Mon (roughing), 12:04; Phillips, Ott (roughing), 12:04; Methot, Ott (roughing), 12:04; Neil, Ott (roughing), 14:10; Pageau, Ott (slashing), 16:05.

Second Period3, Ottawa, Pageau 1 (Gonchar, Methot), 4:40. PenaltiesSubban, Mon (high-sticking), 4:40; Cowen, Ott (slashing), 10:47; Subban, Mon (hooking), 12:35.

Third Period4, Ottawa, Pageau 2 (Neil, Cowen), 1:18. 5, Ottawa, Turris 1 (Alfredsson, Karlsson), 7:00. 6, Ottawa, Silfverberg 2 (Michalek), 7:08 (pp). 7, Ottawa, Pageau 3 (Condra, Alfredsson), 18:02 (pp). PenaltiesBourque, Mon (tripping), 4:23; Gonchar, Ott (tripping), 4:23; Bouillon, Mon, major-game misconduct (fighting), 7:04; Armstrong, Mon, major-game misconduct (fighting), 7:04; Moen, Mon, major-game misconduct (fighting), 7:04; White, Mon, served by Ryder, minor-major-misconduct (slashing, fighting), 7:04; Tinordi, Mon, major-game misconduct (fighting), 7:04; Phillips, Ott, major-game misconduct (fighting), 7:04; Neil, Ott, major-game misconduct (fighting), 7:04; Kassian, Ott, major-game misconduct (fighting), 7:04; Smith, Ott, major-game misconduct (fighting), 7:04; Cowen, Ott, major-misconduct (fighting), 7:04; Gorges, Mon (charging), 8:31; Bourque, Mon (roughing), 8:31; Subban, Mon (instigator-face shield, instigator, fighting), 8:31; Turris, Ott, major (fighting), 8:31; Conacher, Ott (roughing), 8:31; Prust, Mon (roughing), 8:43; Plekanec, Mon (cross-checking), 10:31; Pageau, Ott (cross-checking), 10:31; Conacher, Ott (cross-checking), 12:48; Prust, Mon (elbowing), 16:58; Gallagher, Mon, major (fighting), 16:58; Conacher, Ott, major (fighting), 16:58; Bourque, Mon (slashing, cross-checking), 19:42. Shots on GoalMontreal 12-11-11—34. Ottawa 11-10-9—30. Power-play opportunitiesMontreal 1 of 5; Ottawa 3 of 10. GoaliesMontreal, Price 1-2-0 (30 shots-24 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 2-1-0 (34-33). Referees—Paul Devorski, Dan O'Halloran. LinesmenLonnie Cameron, Jay Sharrers.

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First Period1, Chicago, Oduya 1 (Kane, Hossa), 13:26. 2, Minnesota, Bouchard 1 (Clutterbuck, Brodziak), 18:30. PenaltiesStalberg, Chi (tripping), 10:27.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesFalk, Min (roughing), 2:52; Brodziak, Min (high-sticking), 9:01; Toews, Chi (holding), 10:27; Oduya, Chi (high-sticking, roughing), 17:35; Clutterbuck, Min (roughing), 17:35.

Third Period3, Minnesota, Parise 1 (Coyle), 3:09. 4, Chicago, Keith 1 (Kane, Sharp), 17:14. PenaltiesNone. First Overtime5, Minnesota, Zucker 1 (Cullen, Bouchard), 2:15. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalChicago 9-8-8-2—27. Minnesota 15-14-7-1—37. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 0 of 2; Minnesota 0 of 3. GoaliesChicago, Crawford 2-1-0 (37 shots-34 saves). Minnesota, Harding 1-2-0 (27-25).

at Islanders20204

First Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Moulson 2 (Okposo, Visnovsky), 1:43. 2, N.Y. Islanders, Cizikas 1 (Grabner), 5:41. 3, Pittsburgh, Iginla 1 (Letang, Crosby), 13:18 (pp). 4, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 1 (Malkin, Letang), 13:37 (pp). 5, Pittsburgh, Pa.Dupuis 3 (Crosby, Kunitz), 19:00. PenaltiesCooke, Pit (slashing), 2:23; Glass, Pit (roughing), 7:58; Streit, NYI (hooking), 12:21; Hamonic, NYI (tripping), 12:55.

Second Period6, Pittsburgh, Murray 1 (Malkin, P.Martin), 17:10. PenaltiesCooke, Pit (roughing), 9:20; Carkner, NYI (interference), 9:20; M.Martin, NYI (holding), 17:51.

Third Period7, N.Y. Islanders, Okposo 2 (Nielsen), 5:31 (sh). 8, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 1 (Bailey), 10:48. PenaltiesStrait, NYI (hooking), 3:50; Iginla, Pit (tripping), 11:19. First Overtime9, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 2 (Crosby, P.Martin), 8:44 (pp). PenaltiesStrait, NYI (holding), 8:11. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 8-8-3-6—25. N.Y. Islanders 13-8-13-2—36. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 3 of 5; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 3. GoaliesPittsburgh, Fleury 2-1-0 (36 shots-32 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Nabokov 1-2-0 (25-20).

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