Stanley Cup Stories: Senators stun Penguins
Bruins conquer Rangers for 2-0 lead
Ottawa Senators winger Colin Greening put an end to a four-and-a-half-hour marathon against the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Boston Bruins crushed the New York Rangers in Sunday's top stories from the NHL playoffs:
1. Down 1-0 in the third period? Check. On the penalty kill after a late slash? Check. Twenty-nine seconds left on the clock? Check. The Ottawa Senators looked like they were moments away from a 3-0 series hole against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Daniel Alfredsson ceased the digging. Instead, the Swedish captain channeled his nation's big win from earlier Sunday and shovelled home this short-handed goal to send Game 3 into overtime. Double overtime, in fact — you know, to remind Ottawa's No. 1 centre Jason Spezza what he's missed for nearly four months. Then at 7:39 of the second overtime, Greening knocked in this backhand winner. The series continues with Game 4 in Ottawa on Wednesday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).
2. Greening sported some extra red during his post-game interview with Hockey Night in Canada's Scott Oake. The native of St. John's, N.L., had small pieces of fibreglass stuck in his left cheek when he scored the game-winning goal in the first double-OT game of the post-season. But as CBCSports.ca's Tim Wharnsby writes, Greening wasn't the only hero for the Senators. Meanwhile, as hockey fans stayed up to watch the Senators' 2-1 victory, the Twitter hashtag #PeskySens was one of the Top 10 trending topics in Canada well after the game.
3. There's no need to rush back Boston's injured blue-liners with these rookie D-men stepping up against New York. Torey Krug had this impressive between-the-legs effort and Matt Bartkowski helped set up this Brad Marchand goal in the Bruins' 5-2 win in Game 2. Boston holds a 2-0 series lead over the Rangers, with Game 3 set for Tuesday in New York (7:30 p.m. ET).