Friday, November 24, 2017
Sports

Power play powers Penguins in opener

RECOMMENDED READING


at Penguins2114
Senators1001
PITTSBURGH — Paul Martin and Chris Kunitz scored power-play goals, Pascal Dupuis added his playoffs-leading sixth goal and the Penguins beat the Senators 4-1 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday.

Evgeni Malkin extended his points streak to seven games with a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh. Tomas Vokoun stopped 35 shots to win his third straight start, and the Penguins never trailed.

"I hope every game we play better," said Malkin, whose team struggled for long stretches in its six-game quarterfinal win against the Islanders. "This game we showed how we can play better in the (defensive) zone. Power play worked, (penalty kill) unbelievable (Ottawa was 0-for-5 on the power play, and Dupuis' goal was short-handed)."

The Penguins are 9-of-24 with the man advantage through seven playoff games, best of the eight teams remaining. The Senators had the NHL's best penalty kill during the regular season and turned aside 16 of 19 power plays against Montreal in the first round.

Ottawa's Kyle Turris drew a high-sticking penalty before the game was 90 seconds old, and barely a minute later, Pittsburgh jumped in front.

Malkin worked his way into the corner, then threaded a pass between two defenders to Martin at the point. Martin's slap shot deflected off Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen and scooted past Craig Anderson 2:41 in.

The Senators tied it 2:20 later but Malkin responded with his third goal of the playoffs at 12:15 for a 2-1 lead.

Senators rookie forward Cory Conacher, acquired at the trade deadline from the Lightning for goalie Ben Bishop, said Ottawa just needed to capitalize on more of its opportunities.

"If we had done that, it might have been a different story on the scoreboard," he said. "I think we proved to ourselves that we can beat this team."

Ottawa lost all three of its regular-season games against Pittsburgh.

Ovechkin suggests game fixed: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin suggested referees favored the Rangers in Game 6 of their East quarterfinal, a game in which Washington didn't have a power play, so there would be a seventh game.

"How can there be no penalties at all (on one team) during the playoffs?" Ovechkin said in a Russian-language interview with Russia's Sport-Express, translated by Yahoo Sports, after the Capitals lost Game 7 on Monday. "I am not saying there was a phone call from (the league), but someone just wanted Game 7. For the ratings. You know, the lockout, escrow, the league needs to make profit."

The Rangers had five power plays in Game 6 and won 1-0 on an even-strength goal.

Stars fire coach: Dallas fired coach Glen Gulutzan after two seasons, an expected move by new general manager Jim Nill for a franchise that has missed the playoffs a record five straight seasons. The dismissal came about two weeks after Nill replaced Joe Nieuwendyk, who was fired after four seasons.

Masterton finalists: The Penguins' Sidney Crosby, the Wild's Josh Harding and the Bruins' Adam McQuaid are the finalists for the Masterton Trophy, presented to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. It is voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

at Penguins2114
Senators1001

First Period1, Pitts, Martin 2 (Malkin, Morrow), 2:41 (pp). 2, Ott, Greening 1 (Condra, Cowen), 4:51. 3, Pitts, Malkin 3 (Kunitz, Neal), 12:15. PenaltiesTurris, Ott (high-sticking), 1:12; Kennedy, Pit (holding), 14:03; Gryba, Ott (holding), 17:48; Malkin, Pit (tripping), 18:10.

Second Period4, Pitts, Kunitz 3 (Iginla, Letang), 18:33 (pp). PenaltiesNeal, Pit (roughing), 8:37; Conacher, Ott (holding), 17:57.

Third Period5, Pitts, Pa.Dupuis 6 (Murray), 11:24 (sh). PenaltiesConacher, Ott (cross-checking), 8:04; Letang, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:04; Neal, Pit (holding), 10:19; Neal, Pit (interference), 12:58; Neil, Ott, misconduct, 19:31; Z.Smith, Ott, double minor-misconduct (roughing), 19:31; Cowen, Ott (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:31; Conacher, Ott (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:31; Morrow, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:31; Engelland, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:31; Vitale, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:31. Shots on GoalOtt 14-12-10—36. Pitts 12-12-6—30. Power-play opportunitiesOtt 0 of 5; Pitts 2 of 4. GoaliesOtt, Anderson 4-2-0 (30 shots-26 saves). Pitts, Vokoun 3-0-0 (36-35).

Comments
Lightning recalls Cory Conacher from Syracuse

Lightning recalls Cory Conacher from Syracuse

The Lightning recalled forward Cory Conacher from AHL Syracuse on Friday for tonight's game against the Capitals.GM Steve Yzerman said that with a couple players dealing with minor injuries, Conacher's callup provides some depth so that the team coul...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Report: Florida Gators moving on from Chip Kelly

Report: Florida Gators moving on from Chip Kelly

The Florida Gators are out of the Chip Kelly sweepstakes, according to a report Friday afternoon from Yahoo! Sports.Pat Forde is reporting that UF has moved on from Kelly. This matches what I was told earlier in the week – UF wouldn't wait on K...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida-Florida State: What’s really riding on Saturday’s game

Florida-Florida State: What’s really riding on Saturday’s game

GAINESVILLE — If misery loves company, at least the Gators and Seminoles have each other.That’s about the only positive in the least appealing Florida-Florida State showdown in decades. Both enter Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at 4-6 — the first time each...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Freshman quarterback leads Pitt to 24-14 upset over No. 2 Miami

Freshman quarterback leads Pitt to 24-14 upset over No. 2 Miami

PITTSBURGH — Miami’s perfect season is over. The Hurricanes can only hope their shot at a spot in the College Football Playoff isn’t gone too. Freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Pittsburgh stunned the s...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Cannon Fodder podcast: Eye on Julio Jones, new stadium

Cannon Fodder podcast: Eye on Julio Jones, new stadium

Times Bucs writer Greg Auman is back for one more Bucs-Falcons preview podcast, looking at Julio Jones’ rank among the all-time Bucs’ opponents, the new stadium in Atlanta, our story on game balls and much more. Listen below: ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Stamkos: Teams adjusting to hot top line

Stamkos: Teams adjusting to hot top line

Nobody thought the Lightning's hot top line was going to keep up its historic pace all season.Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov have a combined 90 points through the first 21 games, which is just over four points per game."The...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Bucs-Falcons: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

Bucs-Falcons: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

The Bucs face the defending NFC champion in its new home Sunday in Atlanta.Here’s the Times’ Bucs coverage team’s predictions for Tampa Bay’s 1 p.m. game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:MATTY ICE-FOLLIESRick Stroud, @NFLStroud: T...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Bucs’ Will Gholston glad to return from ‘knee-buckling’ neck injury

Bucs’ Will Gholston glad to return from ‘knee-buckling’ neck injury

Bucs defensive end Will Gholston will make a healthy return Sunday in Atlanta after missing two games with a neck injury, and he's thankful and relieved not to have to deal with anything more severe."It was knee-buckling," Gholston said. "I was stand...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Round 3 playoff predictions

Round 3 playoff predictions

Region finalsClass 7ANo. 3 Plant (11-1) at No. 1 Lakeland (10-0)Rodney Page: Lakeland 23-21. Probably the best playoff matchup of the six area games remaining. The Panthers narrowly escaped last week and playing at perennial power Lakeland might be t...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Captain’s Corner: Switching to bottom fishing for grouper, snapper

With water temperatures falling, offshore anglers soon will have less species to target. Migratory species such as cobia, kingfish and Spanish mackerel will be migrating south for the winter. Most offshore captains will switch to bottom fishing for g...
Updated: 1 hour ago