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On to a third OT


Several spectacular saves – including Marc-Andre Fleury doing a snow angel – and an Evgeni Malkin shot off the right post highlighted the second overtime of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the Penguins and Ottawa Senators at Mellon Arena.
After 100 minutes, the game remains tied at 3-3.

Ottawa goalie Pascal Leclaire made a big save on a backhander by Jordan Staal at 3:29 to stop one scoring chance. Ottawas’s Peter Regin had a shot skimmed through the crease and past Fleury in the seventh minute, and Jason Spezza’s backhand was buried in the side of the net.

The biggest save came with 4:30 left, when Fleury stopped a Spezza backhand and then fell flat on his back to turn away Nick Foligno on the rebound. Fleury then spread both arms above his shoulders to prevent the puck from crossing the goal line.

Some key statistics:

— Leclaire has stopped 52 shots, including 13 in the two overtime periods; Fleury has 37 saves, including 27 in the extra play.

— The Senators have an astounding 41 blocked shots (defenseman Anton Volchenkov has a game-high 10), to the Penguins’ 15. That means Ottawa has blocked more shots than it has taken.

— Defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who is 36, has logged a game-high 41:34. The second most is by Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson, who has logged 37:33.



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