PITTSBURGH - APRIL 22: Matt Carkner #39 of the Ottawa Senators is mobbed by teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third overtime period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Mellon Arena on April 22, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 4-3 in triple overtime. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Try and try and try, but the Ottawa Senators live to fight another game. The Pittsburgh Penguins showed up and gave them a run for their money, but in the end through the blood and the sweat, the Sens got a bounce and they got a win. See ya Saturday.
- Pascal Leclaire got thrown into the fire for his first start of this post-season and he came out unburned. 56 stops on 59 shots, Leclaire held the Sens in. For his part, Marc-Andre Fleury wasn't bad, but he wasn't as sharp.
- "Rest is a weapon" Pascal Dupuis said before Game 5, in reference to the Pens hopefully finishing the series off early. But it won't go like that. And this triple OT game hurts too: Sergei Gonchar played a game high 44:08, Kris Letang worked 39:02, Mark Eaton played 38:00 and 10 other Penguins played more than 22 minutes. Will this take it's toll over a long playoffs? Stay tuned.
- Three Penguins got 8 shots -- Bill Guerin, Jordan Staal and Sidney Crosby -- but they only got one goal out of it (Crosby's). Putting shots to the net is never a bad idea come postseason time, but beating the goalie helps too.
- Staal, who's been poor on faceoffs this series won 65% of his 20 draws. Crosby, as he's ought to do, won 23 of his 39 (59%). Evgeni Malkin and Maxime Talbot were losers in the circle but Pittsburgh still took a slight 51% edge on the draws on the night.
- Matt Cooke is seen in Pittsburgh as the Jarkko Ruutu replacement, but on this night the original was better: Ruuts went 1g, 1a, 6 shots, 7 hits and 4 blocked shots, more than holding his own to keep his team in it. Cooke had 2 shots, 9 hits, no points and was a -2 on the night. Advantage: original pest.
- Anton Volchenkov is known as the King of the blocked shots amongst fans who like to track that stat and tonight he was in fine form, blocking 11 shots, more than any player on any team even attempted. For his part "Mr. Carrie Underwood", err Mike Fisher got a goal, an assist and 10 hits. He was great as well.
- Malkin had a game high 15 attempted shots on goal (6 on target) and while he had two assists, he wasn't able to raise his game up to the level to win the game for the Pens in the 3rd period. Or overtime. Or double overtime. Or triple overtime. But that's OK, like the Sens, Geno will live to skate another day.
And that's what it came down to. The Sens had to answer the bell, on the road, and they eventually did. There was disallowed goals, bodies flying everywhere, hits a plenty, and they had enough to live to fight another day.
Rest is a weapon, and the Penguins won't be fortunate enough to get much of it. Ottawa is a game opponent, and going back for Game 6, they're not going to go quiet into the night. With the receipe the Pens have used the past two years: a good forecheck, nice defense and timely saves, they can go a perfect 3 for 3 in Canada's capital. But it's going to take effort and hard work to put these guys away.