UHS COACH NYE FOLLOWING THE 2013 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
With the game on the line the Ottawa Senators looked to a old reliable source to move them past the Pittsburgh Penguins last night to take game 3 and jump right back into the series 2 games to one.
With a short handed goal scored at the 28.6 second mark of regulation time, Sens Captain Alfredsson took control of the puck in his own end, made a drop pass to Gonchar who then in return feed it up to Michalek all the while Alfredsson was breaking hard to the net to deflect a pass sent to him by Michalek. Alfredsson`s Tieing Goal
With this heroic play it sent the game into overtime only to have it reach the 7:39 minute mark in the second period of OT when Colin Greening reached around a Pens defender to backhand the puck into the net. Ottawa`s Greening scoring in OT
Instead of being down 3-0 in games the Sens have new life going into game 4 on Wednesday night in Ottawa where they will look to even up the series.
It was a back and forth type of play all game between these two clubs and where some noticeable players stood tall and performed well while some others seem to be in a fog, so let`s take a look at what the Coach means.
- The play of Ottawa`s goaltender Anderson who came back strong after being pulled in game 2. He looked like the old Anderson through out the season that got the Sens where they are now.
- Òl reliable Captain Alfredsson comes through again to save the day. Like I said in my other post Catch Up Hockey..May 18 2013 he doesn`t seem to getting any slower at the ripe old age of 40.
- The never say die attitude of the Senators can be scarey. I wouldn`t call them pesky like some are doing but I would call them resilient.
- Sens PK was good again, even killing off 5- on – 3 for almost a whole minute.
- Jason Spezza returned and played very well in-spite of his endurance wearing down as the game went further. His face-offs were good at 15 for 25 and his play making ability opened up some great chances for other players.
- When you get the chances that Pittsburgh had you have to bury them and that`s what the Pens didn`t do last night.
- Pens went o-6 on their PP what`s up with that?
- To many give aways by the Sens 7-20 they were lucky that the Pens didn`t jump on more of those.
- where the heck was Gino Malkin? He finally appeared in OT for a bit but wasn`t really noticeable in the rest of the game.
- Referees- I usually don`t get on these guys but last night there was a few calls missed. To many high sticks not called both ways- I think it is something the NHL needs to look into.
Additional Notes From The Coach.
Great quote from Coach MacLean on the tieing goal, `That happens all the time in the United Hockey League,`joking about the late SH goal, `It shows that you`ve got to play the whole game` So, so true.
Game 4 in Ottawa goes Wednesday night, Can we see the Senators repeat this performance or have they woken up a sleeping dog with the Pens? We will soon find out.
Until next time.
See you after the game,