NHL Wrap: Senators rout Canadiens in fight-filled third period

NHL Wrap: Senators rout Canadiens in fight-filled third period
May 5, 2013, 10:00 pm
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If the Flyers allow Ruslan Fedotenko to leave this offseason via free agency, Tim Panaccio asks if they possibly fill his void with the Devils' David Clarkson (see story).

Also, here's a brief update on how the Flyers who are playing in the World Championships are performing (see story).

Back in the NHL, here's a recap of Sunday's Stanley Cup playoff action:

Senators rout Canadiens amidst brawls
OTTAWA -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau got his first NHL hat trick Sunday night to lead the Ottawa Senators in a fight-filled 6-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

The teams combined for 236 penalty minutes and nine players were given a game misconduct.

The Senators have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and Game 4 is Tuesday night in Ottawa.

The third period started out with the Senators leading 2-1, but after Pageau's second goal of the night and a Kyle Turris goal at 7:00, emotions overflowed and a line brawl broke out at center ice.

Pageau, who was born in Ottawa, scored his second of the game at 1:18 of the third period to give the Senators a 3-1 lead.

Turris' goal, his first of the series, at 7:00 put the game out of reach.

On the ensuing faceoff, four different fights broke out (see full recap).

--The Associated Press

Kunitz's 2nd PP goal gives Pens OT win
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back from their home disappointment and dished out their fair share to the suddenly shocked New York Islanders.

All it took was Sidney Crosby and a very powerful power play to do the trick.

Chris Kunitz scored his second man-advantage goal of the game 8:44 into overtime, off the third assist of the day by Crosby, and the Penguins rode a slew of ups and downs Sunday en route to a 5-4 victory over the Islanders that gave top-seeded Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

The Islanders came in still enjoying the positive effects of their 4-3 comeback win on Friday in Pittsburgh that gave them a surprising split of the first two games of the Eastern Conference series.

The Penguins will try to take a commanding 3-1 lead Tuesday on Long Island (see full recap).

--The Associated Press

Zucker's tally gives Wild OT win over 'Hawks
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jason Zucker scored at 2:15 of overtime to give Minnesota a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, pulling the Wild within 2-1 in the Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Zach Parise scored for the Wild early in the third period, but Duncan Keith got one back for the Blackhawks with 2:46 left in regulation to force the second overtime in three games of this best-of-seven series. Game 4 is here on Tuesday night.

After taking the top-seeded Blackhawks to overtime in Game 1 at Chicago, the Wild fell flat and lost 5-2 in Game 2. They took full advantage of the shift in venue and fed off the noise and excitement in the building in Minnesota's first home playoff game in five years (see full recap).

--The Associated Press

Sharks push to Canucks to the brink
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice to spoil Cory Schneider's return to the nets for Vancouver and the San Jose Sharks won their third straight game to open the playoffs, beating the Canucks 5-2 on Sunday night.

Pavelski scored the first two goals and Couture and Patrick Marleau added scores 9 seconds apart to break the game open early in the third period and give the Sharks a 3-0 series lead.

Couture added a second power-play goal early in the third to end Schneider's night and give him a playoff-best four points for the game. Antti Niemi made 28 saves.
San Jose will attempt to complete the first series sweep in franchise history at home on Tuesday night (see full recap).

--The Associated Press

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