Karlsson is Ottawa’s unquestioned MVP, so if he goes, Ottawa’s chances at advancing could go too. New York opened a 4-0 lead with him in the locker room in the third period and didn’t look back, though that’s about when teams started piling up the penalty minutes.
Senators forward Bobby Ryan was given a game misconduct for trying to fight Cheap Youth Soccer Jerseys the Rangers’ Dan Girardi, who wasn’t so willing. That incident was sandwiched between a pair of line scrums with usually candidate Dion Phaneuf and Tanner Glass contributing to the madness. The teams accounted for 58 penalty minutes in the third period alone.
Couple those frustrations with the Karlsson uncertainty and an uncharacteristically shaky performance from goalie Craig Anderson — he was pulled to start the third period after allowing three goals on 20 shots — and the Senators are starting to come unhinged.
3. Ron Hainsey, Penguins — If Hainsey scores, you know it’s a going to be good. He Dallas Cowboys Cheap Jerseys of four regular-season goals netted his second of the playoffs in the second period, giving the Penguins their 6-0 lead. He also assisted goal No. 3 of the night for his first multi-point game since February.
2. Phil Kessel, Penguins — Just as linemate Evgeni Malkin predicted, Kessel got off the schneid with a goal and two assists. Meanwhile Malkin kept up his Conn Smythe chase with an NHL-best 27th and 28th points.
1. Sidney Crosby, Penguins — The Penguins fed off their captain from the get-go and Crosby finished with three assists, the 56th multi-point playoff game of his career.