May 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun (92) makes a save as defenseman Paul Martin (middle) clears Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) from getting a rebound during the third period in game two of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Round 2 Game 3 Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators

Down 2-0 in the series, the Senators are desperate for a win, and a win at home would be that much sweeter. With Jason Spezza drawing back into the lineup, barring any unforeseen circumstances, the spark may just be there for the Senators to turn this series around.

 

 

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Pittsburgh Leads Series 2-0

Puck Drop: 7:30 PM EST

TV: CBC, Radio: Team 1200

HEAD TO HEAD

The series has been a showcase of poor goaltending so far. Robin Lehner came in to Game 2 and provided some solidity for the Senators, but between Craig Anderson and Tomas Vokoun there hasn’t been anything to write home about. Sidney Crosby, after being silent in Game 1, lit the lamp repeatedly in Game 2, taking an early hat trick and running away with the game.

 

KEY PLAYERS

Chris Neil – OTT – Neil has been playing like a man possessed out on the ice in the last 2 games. After a poor penalty in game 2, Neil turned his game around and spent all his time in the dirty areas mucking around. The team needs more of this to win games, and expect Neil to keep leading by example.

Jarome Iginla – PIT – Iggy has been silent this series. A big hit in Game 1 wiped him out of that game, and big saves in Game 2 took the wind out of his sails. It’s not like Iggy to be quite for long, so chances are tonight he is going to be extremely dangerous.

 

TOP 3 STORYLINES

1. The Return of the Spez. Jason Spezza is drawing into the lineup for the first time since aggravating his bad back early in the year and losing the season to surgery. Even with Spezza playing at 50%, the spike he brings to the teams adrenaline should be a spark for the whole team. If the Senators can actually draw penalties in this game, look for Spezza to settle back in to his home.

2. Discipline. Ottawa learned last game the dangers of being overly aggressive. The officiating was subpar on both sides last game and is something Ottawa has to look at and use to their advantage. The Penguins Power Play is simply too dangerous. Limit their time on the ice, and limit the damage they can do. Simple as that.

3. Play the whole game. Ottawa has come out beyond slow the first two games of this series. They’ve seemed tired, and shocked by the crowd. They can’t do that on their home ice. They need to attack strong and take the first lead they’ve had all series. They had a strong finish to game 2, they need to keep that momentum going forward.

 

PARTING SHOT

No joke psychic predictions here, Ottawa is in dire straits. A 2-0 deficit is difficult to overcome, but Ottawa has fought back all year

 

 

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