We were wrong.
We wrote the Ottawa Senators off too soon. We gave them no chance to win Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, called the city a graveyard for goaltenders and were rewarded with a triple-overtime game that was a deadline killer.
At least we didn’t have to interview Andy Sutton.
But, in full disclosure, I won’t be doing any live blogging from the game because I didn’t have to accompany the Trib’s Penguins beat writer Rob Rossi and photographer Chaz Palla on a return trip to Ottawa.
That’s a shame, considering I could have used some sleep.
I slept all but about two of the 16-hour round-trip drive the first time around, waking up at one point on the return drive to correctly predict that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would get a six-game suspension, same length as Michael Vick, only to fall right back asleep.
At least it saved them from my snoring.
Before I put you to sleep, I’ll share some links:
Rossi wrote about how the Senators pulled off the triple-overtime victory in Game 5.
Ottawa backup goalie Pascal Leclaire was a surprise starter and hero.
Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch adds a different perspective on the former Blue Jackets goalie.
The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch says Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire made the biggest save.
But the McKeesport Daily News’ Josh Yohe says the Senators were willing to sacrifice by blocking shots.
Yohe also examines how OT marathons can turn the tide.
Despite losing twice at Scotiabank Place in this series, the Senators still believe there’s no place like home.
There are lots of storylines involving Game 6 hero Matt Carkner. Some are silly, as the Sun’s Earl McRae going so far as to rename Carkner’s hometown, Others are inspiring, such as Carkner’s climb. But some are a reach. And others are just ridiculous.
Garrioch says the Sens need to tough it out.
And, finally, Sports Illustrated’s Brian Cazeneuve examines three things the Pens must do to finish off the Sens.