Just when the playoff tides seem to be flowing in the Ottawa Senators’ favor, the Pittsburgh Penguins swept the carpet out from under the team’s skates in Game Four. Throw in a couple of miscalled penalties and there you have a game fit for the Stanley Cup Playoffs!
The Senators seemed to be carrying the momentum from their last win into Game Four with a beaut of a short-handed goal by Ottawa’s Milan Michalek just two and a half minutes into the game. The Sens held onto the one nothing lead until the fifteen minute mark with a Penguins goal by James Neal.
But Ottawa came back one minute later as Kyle Turris sent a wrister past Pens goalie Vokoun to take the lead heading into the second period. Oh but how the second sent Ottawa spiraling down.
Both blows in the second period came in the first two minutes. Chris Kunitz put the puck home a little over one minute into play with Jarome Iginla putting the Penguins up 3-2 for the remainder of the period.
The third period… well let’s just say that the Senators would probably rather forget that this period ever happened. But it did and now the Senators will have to learn for their mistakes and try to take this series past Game Five if they want to survive the playoffs.
The only moment of merit for Ottawa in the third came from Daniel Alfredsson’s tipped in goal in the last six minutes of play. Prior to this Sens goalie Craig Anderson faced a power play goal from James Neal, a short-handed goal from Pascal Dupuis, and a goal from Sidney Crosby.
Ouch. Anderson was pulled from the game after the Crosby goal, though back goalie Robin Lehner still had to deal with the Pens final goal of the evening from a power play goal off of Jarome Iginla.
Before making the trip to Pittsburgh Friday, both the Ottawa Senators and the referees need to take a hard look at their life choices. The Senators for obvious reasons and the refs for one reason in particular: everyone expects calls to be made on the correct team. The reason I say this: a call in the third was made on Ottawa’s Alfredsson before later revealing video review that showed Pittsburgh’s Orpik was apparently the one in the wrong.
Will the Ottawa Senators be eliminated Friday night in Pittsburgh? We’ll find out at 7:30 pm EST!