The Pittsburgh Penguins shook off an early deficit and a late New York rally to beat the Islanders 5-4 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series.
Chris Kunitz scored his second power-play goal of the game 8 minutes, 34 seconds into overtime off a pass from Sidney Crosby for the Eastern Conference’s top seeds the Penguins.
In St Paul, Minnesota, Jason Zucker scored at 2:15 of overtime to give the Wild a 3-2 victory over Chicago to move to a 2-1 lead over the Blackhawks in their Western Conference playoff series.
Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau got his first NHL hat-trick to lead the Senators in a fight-filled 6-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, while the San Jose Sharks won their third straight game to open the playoffs, beating the Vancouver Canucks 5-2.
Pittsburgh trailed 2-0 just 5:41 into the game, but rallied to lead 3-2 before the first period was over. The comeback started with power-play goals just 19 seconds apart by Jarome Iginla and Kunitz.
The Penguins seemed in control in the third period, but New York erased a 4-2 deficit on goals by Kyle Okposo and John Tavares.
Pittsburgh will try to take a commanding 3-1 series lead today on Long Island.
Minnesota’s Zach Parise scored 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.
Game 4 is in Minnesota today.
Keith’s snap-shot glanced off Wild defenseman Marco Scandella and past goalie Josh Harding to make the score 2-2.
Ottawa and Vancouver combined for 236 penalty minutes and nine players were given a game misconduct in their ill-tempered playoff.
The Senators have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and Game 4 is today 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.
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.
In San Jose, California, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice to spoil goalie Cory Schneider’s return to the nets for the Vancouver Canucks.
Pavelski scored the first two goals, while Couture and Patrick Marleau added scores nine seconds apart to break the game open early in the third period and give the Sharks a 3-0 series lead.
San Jose will attempt to complete their first series sweep in franchise history at home today.
Alex Burrows and Dan Hamhuis scored for the Canucks.