A quick burst of second-period goals, a "Datsyukian" snipe and, of course, some octopi boosted the Detroit Red Wings to a Game 3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Monday's top stories from the NHL playoffs:
1. Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist showed patience to crack open the scoring against Chicago in the second period of Game 3, but it only took 31 seconds for Detroit to strike again. Then early in the third, Pavel Datsyuk came cruising down the middle of the ice, but if you blinked, you probably missed his laser go in to secure a 3-1 Red Wings win. A roster of octopi also got some ice time in Motown as the home crowd celebrated the victory. Patrick Kane scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who now find themselves in a 2-1 series hole. Game 4 is set for Thursday in Detroit (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET).
2. Coach John Tortorella sees the glass as half full, despite his New York Rangers trailing 2-0 in their second-round series against the Boston Bruins. "I'm very optimistic about where we are going as a team," Tortorella said. Meanwhile, San Jose bench boss Todd McLellan isn't feeling the same positive vibes, even though the Sharks won Game 3 against the Los Angeles Kings. "We haven't accomplished anything," McLellan said. Both series continue Tuesday.
3. After a dramatic double-overtime victory on Sunday, confidence is spreading in the nation's capital. Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson made 49 saves in Game 3, a performance which teammate Jason Spezza later referred to as "one of the more clutch performances from a goaltender." Speaking of clutch, it sure helps to have Daniel Alfredsson on your team as well. The Senators captain who scored the late, game-tying goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins is up for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.