There have been two dramatic endings already in tonight’s playoff action. The Ottawa Senators came back from 2-0 to tie it up and win in OT. The New York Islanders entered the 3rd period trailing 4-3. They rallied to win the game 6-4.
Penguins Let Lead Slip Against Islanders.
When the 3rd period began tonight in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum it just felt like the Islanders were going to come back. Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury let in a terrible tying goal in the 2nd period only to have his Pens bail him out and retake the lead. But it really felt like Fleury had a few more bad ones in him tonight. Only a year ago Fleury got lit up on multiple occasions during a disappointing 1st round loss. It could be happening again.
Fans Chant “MVP” For John Tavares In Long Island.
When Jonathan Tavares scored on his own rebound to give his Islanders a 5-4 lead in the 3rd period, the home crowd went bonkers. Tavares has arrived. He took over the game when his team was in a desperate situation. The result, a huge win for the Isles. The Islanders carried the play throughout the 3rd period of their Game 4 showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their team speed started to dominate as it has for stretches thus far in the series. The Pens big stars didn’t do enough to counter, and when they did Nabokov was there to stop them. This is the 2nd season in a row the Penguins have entered the playoffs as everyone’s favourite to win the Cup and for the second straight playoffs they can’t keep the puck out of their net.
Habs Lose Lead And Potentially Series In Third Period Against Sens.
What the F*** just happened? Is something you may be asking yourself if you love the Montreal Canadiens. They entered the 3rd period of Game 4 with a 2-0 lead on the Pesky Sens. They needed twenty minutes to hold onto the lead that would tie the series with their hated rivals from Ottawa. Twenty minutes later, the game was tied at 2 and goaltender Carey Price was injured. My how quickly things can change in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Price did not return for overtime. It’s crazy, the Sens battled terrible injuries to key players all season, yet now it’s their opponents who are suffering casualties when the games truly matter.
The Sens tying goal did not come without controversy. With just under a minute to play the Canadiens took a suspect icing, helped along by a very slow skating Senators defenseman. The Sens didn’t score immediately off the faceoff that should’ve never been, but they did score shortly after. The extra rest given when the icing call was made, coupled with the opportunity for the Sens to regroup helped them get the tying goal they needed to force OT. At 2:32 of the first overtime, Senators forward Kyle Turris buried from the half boards to give the Sens a 3-1 lead in the series. The winner was scored on Habs backup goalie Peter Budaj. No word on Carey Price’s injury as of right now.
Two Games On The Go.
The Blackhawks lead Wild 2-0 in the 2nd period and the Sharks lead Canucks 2-1 in the 1st. With two more 3rd periods on the schedule, it’s a good night for watching hockey.