Playoff Gameday: Pittsburgh Penguins & Ottawa Senators – Round Two, Game Three

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Ottawa Senators
Penguins Lead Series 2-0

NBCSN, CBC, RDS – 7:30 pm/et

Scotiabank Place – Ottawa, ON

Game three is a big deal. The venue switches. The teams know each other. And, most importantly, the series often depends on it. At the end of the night the Penguins could have a commanding 3-0 series lead or the Ottawa Senators could be back in it at 2-1.

Spezza returning for the Senators will mean a lot for them. But he hasn't played in some time. Will his return be enough to spark the Senators?

Game One: Penguins won 4-3.

What we said in our recap:

Crosby registered his second career playoff hat trick, and the Pens hung on to win 4-3. If you could sue players for embarrassing you, Erik Karlsson would have like eight lawsuits against Crosby.

Game Two is always about taking a team's best shot after you beat them in Game One. The Senators didn't really get a chance to throw any punches, though. Craig Anderson, who was heavily lauded before the series, got sent to the showers early. If it wasn't for Robin Lehner, the Senators may have been blown out. Two of the best players in the game at their respective positions went head to head, and Crosby prevailed over Anderson.

At the other end, Tomas Vokoun didn't have his best game, but he made two huge saves on breakaways in the second period.

Know Your Enemy: Silver Seven

What they're saying:

In order to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Ottawa Senators have to play a near-perfect game. For the second time in two tries, they didn't, and it resulted in them being on the wrong end of the scoreboard yet again.

Once again this was a game that left you saying, "If the Senators could just be a little better, they could beat the Penguins."

The problem is that they have to be a little better everywhere at the same time, because their opponents are just too talented to give them easy opportunities, and that's what the team keeps doing. Last game, despite good 5-on-5 play, the penalty-killing unit and power play unit didn't come through and the team lost. This game, despite good efforts from the penalty-killing and power play units, goaltending didn't come through and the team lost.

Pittsburgh Penguins News:

The Penguins still want to improve.

Morrow likes the Senators' speed better.

How the Pens feel about Scotiabank Place.

Ottawa Senators News:

Craig Anderson will be in net.

More on Jason Spezza's return.

What is wrong with Erik Karlsson?

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
James Neal – Evgeni Malkin – Jarome Iginla
Brenden Morrow – Brandon Sutter – Matt Cooke
Tyler Kennedy – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams

Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
Matt Niskanen – Kris Letang
Deryk Engelland – Douglas Murray

Tomas Vokoun

Ottawa Senators Lines:

Cory Conacher – Kyle Turris – Daniel Alfredsson
Milan Michalek – Mika Zibanejad – Jakob Silfverberg
Colin Greening – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Erik Condra 
Guillaume Latendresse – Zack Smith – Chris Neil
Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen – Sergei Gonchar
André Benoît – Chris Phillips

Craig Anderson

Jason Spezza will be in there somewhere…

Do It.

Go Pens.