OTTAWA — They don’t come easy.
Wins in the Stanley Cup playoffs, that is – if they come at all, they’re not easily scored.
Ask the Ottawa Senators, who finally broke through in this Round 2 series against the Penguins. All the Senators needed were a miracle shorthanded goal by their 40-year-old captain, Daniel Alfredsson, and 49 saves (a vast majority of them sparkling) by previously pulled goalie Craig Anderson.
Oh, and the Senators somehow provided a potent Penguins’ power play with six opportunities, including a two-man advantage, only to avoid any damage.
The Game 3 recap from your #TribHKY coverage is here: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/pensgalleries/4047953-74/penguins-game-senators#axzz2Tq10Tgfi
Look, a lot of people in Pittsburgh went to bed last night quite angry about the Penguins’ 2-1 double-overtime loss.
The guess here, from Canada’s capital city, is that people in Pittsburgh are still seething on this fine Monday.
(And get over yourselves, eh? Seething should be reserve for the guy who scrapped about 2,000 words over the course of an hour after Alfredsson’s goal. That guy was seething, mostly because he really liked his “Pens win” story – especially the final graf. Sigh. Moan.)
This is one of those spots where overreaction from fans is expected. There will be none, at least after some cooling off time, from the coaches and players for the Penguins.
The two days between games suddenly seems like more of an advantage for the Penguins than home ice. They will not practice Monday, instead opting for rest and film study. Also, they now look super smart to have stayed in Ottawa. Players can hole up inside their hotel, recuperate a bit, and prepare for a Tuesday practice.
The big-picture read here is that things aren’t so bad for your favorite club, even if the Penguins did let one slip away in Game 3.
= By the way, for those wondering about momentum: The Penguins lost OT games to the Capitals (2009) and Senators (2010) with a chance to close out series. They did close out those series in the next game, each time doing so on the road.
Biggest lesson I’ve learned from these 16 Stanley Cup playoff series I’ve covered is that momentum is as overrated as “Seinfeld.” (Sorry, the latter just hasn’t held up the way some people want to believe.)
= Columnist Dejan Kovacevic is right that the Penguins didn’t have to make Round 2 this hard: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4047964-74/minute-alfredsson-kunitz#axzz2Tq10Tgfi
= Josh Yohe reports on the re-emergence of THAT Craig Anderson for the Senators: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4047965-74/anderson-penguins-shots#axzz2Tq10Tgfi
= Jason Spezza was back for the Senators, but is he really the Spezza who has had his way with the Penguins in the past? http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4047968-74/spezza-senators-surgery#axzz2Tq10Tgfi
= News and notes from the Pens http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4047957-74/vitale-played-game#axzz2Tq10Tgfi and Sens http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4047970-74/pageau-senators-anderson#axzz2Tq10Tgfi
Ok, that is all for now. Enjoy the links while the #TribHKY team ties to find something open on this Victoria Day, which may not be knows that way in the future: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/05/19/victoria-day-rename.html