Minnesota Wins in Overtime
St. Paul, Minn. — Jason Zucker scored at 2:15 of overtime to give Minnesota a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks yesterday, 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. After taking the top-seeded Blackhawks to overtime in Game 1 at Chicago, the Wild fell flat and lost 5-2 in Game 2.
They took full advantage of the shift in venue and fed off the noise and excitement in the building in Minnesota’s first home playoff game in five years.
Penguins 5, Islanders 4, OT
Uniondale, n.y. — Chris Kunitz scored his second power-play goal of the game 8:34 into overtime, off a pass from Sidney Crosby, and the Pittsburgh Penguins shook off an early deficit and a late blown lead to beat the New York Islanders in Game 3 of the first-round series.
The Eastern Conference’s top-seeded team rode severe ups and downs in taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.
Pittsburgh trailed 2-0 just 5:41 in 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.
Game 4 is tomorrow on Long Island.
Senators 6, Canadiens 1
Ottawa — Jean-Gabriel Pageau got his first NHL hat trick Sunday to lead the Ottawa Senators in a fight-filled victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
The teams combined for 232 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 tomorrow.
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.