Penguins 5, Islanders 4 (OT)
Pittsburgh bounced back from its home disappointment and dished out its fair share to suddenly shocked New York.
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 win 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.
Crosby, playing his second game after missing a month because of a broken jaw, drew the decisive penalty against Brian Strait, who held the Penguins captain as he drove the net 33 seconds before the winning goal.
"He kind of wrapped me up," Crosby said. "I pulled up looking for someone. I didn't see anyone so I thought I would take it to the net.
"We were hoping we could get it done quickly."
The Penguins went 3-for-5 on the power play and yielded Kyle Okposo's short-handed goal, but held New York scoreless on its three advantages.
"We had our chances. They scored on the power plays and we didn't," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano, who declined to comment on the officiating. "You always talk about special teams being a big factor, and that was the difference."
When New York scored twice in the first 5:41 to go up 2-0 in Game 3, old Nassau Coliseum rocked as it did in the Stanley Cup-winning days of the early 1980s. However, this was the Islanders' first home playoff game since 2007, and the fans were soaking it all in.
Not so fast.
The Penguins stormed back with a pair of power-play goals 19 seconds apart — first by Jarome Iginla on a 5-on-3 advantage, and then by Kunitz on the second half. When Pascal Dupuis gave Pittsburgh its first lead with 1 minute left in the opening period — capping the three-goal spurt in 5:42 — the early euphoria was gone in a flash.
"You have to give them credit. They got up two and they showed no quit," said Iginla, a key late-season trade pickup by the Penguins. "It meant a lot on the road to get those two back.
"There is a lot of emotion, unpredictability in the playoffs. You have to learn to control that."
Douglas Murray pushed Pittsburgh's lead to 4-2 in the second.
Okposo started the comeback with a short-handed goal that made it 4-3 at 5:31 of the third. John Tavares tied it with 9:12 remaining in regulation with his first NHL postseason goal in his third game.
Evgeni Malkin added two assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for Pittsburgh.
Senators 6, Canadiens 1
Jean-Gabriel Pageau got his first NHL hat trick to lead Ottawa in a fight-filled victory over Montreal.
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.
The Senators ended up with the man advantage and Jakob Silfverberg scored on the power play as he beat Habs goalie Carey Price up high to make it 5-1 only 8 seconds after Turris' goal.
Wild 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)
Jason Zucker scored at 2:15 of overtime to give Minnesota a victory over Chicago, giving the Wild a 2-1 lead in their 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.
Keith's snap shot glanced off Wild defenseman Marco Scandella and past goalie Josh Harding to make the score 2-2.
But after Matt Cullen ferociously chased the puck along the end boards in the opening action of overtime, Zucker swooped in to surprise Johnny Oduya as the Blackhawks defenseman was about to fight for possession with Cullen.
Zucker's bad-angle shot slipped past goalie Corey Crawford.
Sharks 5, Canucks 2
Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice to spoil Cory Schneider's return to the nets for Vancouver and San Jose won its third straight game to open the playoffs.
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.
Alex Burrows and Dan Hamhuis scored for the Canucks.
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