Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel added to their mounting playoff goal totals (seven apiece) and so did Scott Wilson and Matt Cullen, who entered with four goals between them. Carter Rowney matched Evgeni Malkin’s three-assist performance, the former notching the first playoff points of his NHL career.
Between seven separate goal scorers, the Penguins chased Senators starter Craig Anderson before the first intermission. Anderson allowed four goals on the first 14 shots he faced and failed to finish a start for the first time this postseason. The Sens played the third period without top defensemen Erik Karlsson and Cody Ceci and forward Derick Brassard, who coach Guy Boucher said were resting and could have played if the game were closer.
Pittsburgh’s power play went 3-for-3, while Ottawa is mired in an 0-for-29 drought with the man advantage that extends over its last 10 games.
The seven-goal deficit was the eighth-largest in NHL playoff history during a shutout.
It all seems to add up to series over. Yet the Sens, against the odds, have defied all expectations so far and there’s no reason to think they can’t again Tuesday when the series shifts to Ottawa for Game 6.
The latest news on Ilya Kovalchuk is that there is no news. The once-feared Russian scorer is contemplating whether to rejoin the NHL and the Devils, who retain his rights, or remain in the KHL, where he’s spent the last five years. That decision could come sometime this week, according to Devils general manager Ray Shero.
Should Kovalchuk, who has 417 career NHL goals, opt to return, it’s up to agent Jay Grossman Fans Cheap Jerseys to gauge interested teams before Shero can negotiate a trade.
The expansion Golden Knights, Canadiens, who could use an Alexander Radulov replacement, and the Find Cheap Jerseys Online Blue Jackets, who have publicly stated their intention to pursue the 35-year-old winger, all could use an offensive boost and would make for sensible landing spots.