Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Forgettable Finish Penguins within 28.6 Seconds of 1-0 Victory, but Ottawa Ties Score, Wins in 2nd Ot Senators2, Penguins 1

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Forgettable Finish Penguins within 28.6 Seconds of 1-0 Victory, but Ottawa Ties Score, Wins in 2nd Ot Senators2, Penguins 1

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OTTAWA -- The Penguins' power play has won lots of games for them, but they didn't need it to do that as the third period was winding down Sunday night at Scotiabank Place.

After all, they owned a 1-0 lead against Ottawa when Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson was penalized with 1:27 left in regulation.

All the Penguins had to do was avoid giving up a goal for 87 seconds -- a span in which they would have a man-advantage -- and they would have owned a virtually insurmountable, 3-0 lead in this second-round series.

Turned out to be too much to expect because the Penguins allowed Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson to shake free and steer a Milan Michalek feed past goalie Tomas Vokoun with 28.6 seconds left to force overtime.

"You like to think you can hold onto the puck for the last 1:27, with a power play," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "That wasn't the case."

The significance of that lapse by the power play -- which also failed to score on any of its six chances, including a 5-on-3 that lasted nearly a minute -- was compounded at 7:39 of the second overtime, when Colin Greening of the Senators backhanded a rebound by Vokoun for a 2-1 victory.

And so, after being less than a half-minute from facing a 3-0 deficit -- a hole from which only three teams in playoff history have escaped -- the Senators are now down just 2-1 with a chance to pull even with a victory in Game 4 at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday at Scotiabank Place.

"Obviously, we let this one slip away," Vokoun said. "We had a power play and getting scored on on our power play with 30 seconds left in the game, that's a tough break.

"Sometimes, you have to go through adversity, and this is ours."

And it is largely self-inflicted, given the circumstances as the third period was winding down.

"It [stinks]," winger Jarome Iginla said. "But it's the playoffs."

The Senators' victory snapped a run of five consecutive playoff victories in Ottawa for the Penguins, who never have won six away playoff games in a row against a specific opponent.

Before the game, all the talk had been of Jason Spezza rejoining Ottawa's lineup, and rightly so. After all, he is the Senators' No. 1 center and a perennial all-star, and had been out nearly four months after undergoing back surgery. …

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