NHL PLAYOFFS: Senators get rough with Canadiens
Jean-Gabriel Pageau got his first NHL hat trick to lead Ottawa in a fight-filled 6-1 victory over Montreal on Sunday.
The teams combined for 236 penalty minutes, and nine players were given a game misconduct.
The Senators have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, and Game 4 is Tuesday night 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.
Pageau, who was born in Ottawa, scored his second of the game at 1:18 of the third period to give the Senators a 3-1 lead. Turris’ goal, his first of the series, at 7:00 put the game out of reach.
On the ensuing faceoff, four 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.
WILD 3, BLACKHAWKS 2, OT: Jason Zucker scored at 2:15 of overtime to give Minnesota a victory over Chicago, pulling the Wild within 2-1 in the Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Zach Parise scored for the Wild 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 of this best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Tuesday night.
Keith’s snap shot glanced off Wild defenseman Marco Scandella and past goalie Josh Harding to make the score 2-2.
But after Matt Cullen ferociously chased the puck along the end boards in the opening action of overtime, Zucker swooped in to surprise Johnny Oduya as the Blackhawks defenseman was about to fight for possession with Cullen.
Zucker’s bad-angle shot slipped past goalie Corey Crawford.
SHARKS 5, CANUCKS 2: Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice to spoil Cory Schneider’s return to the nets for Vancouver, and San Jose moved within one game of the first series sweep in franchise history.
Pavelski scored the first two goals and Couture and Patrick Marleau added scores 9 seconds apart to break the game open early in the third period and give the Sharks a 3-0 series lead.
Couture added a second power-play goal early in the third to end Schneider’s night and give him a playoff-best four points for the game. Antti Niemi made 28 saves.
San Jose will attempt to complete the sweep at home Tuesday night.
Alex Burrows and Dan Hamhuis scored for the Canucks.