Sens blow out Pens in Game 3

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - JONAS SIEGEL

OT­TAWA — The Ot­tawa Se­na­tors needed less than 13 min­utes to put away Game 3 of the NHL’s Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nal.

Ot­tawa got four goals past Mar­cAn­dré Fleury in the first 12 min­utes and 52 sec­onds — in­clud­ing the fastest three goals in team play­off his­tory — and went on to top the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins 5-1 Wed­nes­day night at Cana­dian Tire Cen­tre.

Kyle Tur­ris, Der­ick Bras­sard, Mike Hoff­man and Marc Methot each had a goal and an as­sist and Craig An­der­son stopped 25 shots in the vic­tory, which gives the Sens a 2-1 se­ries edge with Game 4 ahead on Fri­day night.

Zack Smith also scored and Bobby Ryan had two helpers for Ot­tawa, who sud­denly has the up­per hand in a se­ries most ex­pected to go the Pen­guins way.

Sid­ney Crosby had the lone marker for Pitts­burgh, which has scored only three goals all se­ries. Fleury gave up four on nine shots and was re­placed by Matt Mur­ray, who made 19 saves.

Host­ing their first Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nal game in 10 years, the Sens came out fly­ing and scored af­ter only 48 sec­onds. Hoff­man got it by cap­i­tal­iz­ing on a Tur­ris shot that bounced awk­wardly wide of the goal. The 27-year-old stuffed the shot, stand­ing to the left of the goal, just be­tween the post and right pad of Fleury.

The wa­ters smoothed a lit­tle af­ter that — though the Pens strug­gled to get any good looks on An­der­son — and then Ot­tawa struck for the fastest three goals in team play­off his­tory. Scor­ing three in two min­utes and 18 sec­onds, the Sens smashed the pre­vi­ous record of four min­utes from Game 1 of a sec­ond-round se­ries against Toronto in 2002.

Bras­sard got the first of three when he snatched an at­tempted Erik Karls­son dump-in and swung wide of the Pitts­burgh goal. Ryan even­tu­ally gained pos­ses­sion down low and found Methot with a crafty pass.

While his ini­tial shot was stopped, the re­bound bounced off Pen­guins de­fence­man Ian Cole and into the net. Bras­sard added his fourth of the post-sea­son less than two min­utes later, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the Sens re­lent­less of­fen­sive zone pres­sure be­fore slip­ping be­hind the ag­ing Mark Streit for the shot that beat Fleury.

SEAN KILPATRICK, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Ot­tawa Se­na­tors’ Mike Hoff­man, Kyle Tur­ris, Fredrik Claes­son , Alex Bur­rows and Chris Wide­man cel­e­brate Hoff­man’s goal. Ot­tawa won, 5-1.

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