Two NHL Semifinal Overtime Games
Both of the Eastern Conference semifinals had a game on Wednesday evening, and both games got sent into overtime. Here's a recap of Wednesday night's NHL playoffs action.
Game 3 between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins needed overtime to be settled. But after the first few moments of the game, the action was dominated by Pittsburgh. The Penguins out shot the Capitals on the night 42-24 in a game they absolutely needed to avoid going down in the series 3-0.
Alex Ovechkin continued his scorching streak and got his eighth goal of the playoffs less than 90 seconds into the game. The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Capitals until midway through the second period when Ruslan Fedotenko put the Penguins on the board. The game again remained scoreless despite fast paced action until 15 minutes into the third period when Evgeni Malkin broke out of his slump on the power play.
The Penguins held a 2-1 lead and looked to be on their way to finishing out the game when Nicklas Backstrom got his first of the playoffs with under two minutes to play on a Capitals power play, assisted by his stellar line mates Oveckin and Alexander Semin. The crowd was deflated but the team remained determined, and the Penguins finally broke the tie 11 minutes into overtime when Kris Letang sent in a slap shot on assists from Mark Eaton and Sidney Crosby, Crosby's second of the night. Game 4 is on Pittsburgh on Friday evening.
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The Carolina Hurricanes won their second game in a row against the number 1 seed Boston Bruins to grab a 2-1 series lead in their Eastern Conference semifinals match up. Carolina fed off of their home crowd and held Boston to single digit shot totals in each of the periods, including just four shots in the third. However it was Boston that got on the board first, when Milan Lucic scored eight minutes into the first period on assists from Dennis Wideman and Marc Savard.
Carolina was left scoreless until about three minutes remaining in the second period. Eric Staal broke through on the power play for his seventh of the postseason, and a minute later Sergei Samsonov scored his first to give the Hurricnes the lead. Midway through the third, Mark Recchi tied the game at 2 a piece. Overtime needed less than three minutes to be settled, as Jussi Jokinen continued his clutch performance this postseason and came up with another huge, decisive goal. Game 4 is Friday night in Carolina.
By Jake Emen
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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