The Pittsburgh Penguins vs. the Ottawa Senators battle it out on the ice at the Scotiabank Place in Ontario on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Read on to see where fans can watch and listen to a live stream of the 2013 Stanley Cup round two playoff game online and catch up-to-date feeds and coverage on highlight plays and scores.
The Penguins snagged the no 1 spot in the NHL Eastern Conference with a 36-12-0 record. Pittsburgh defeated the New York Islanders in the first round one of the NHL playoffs. Pittsburgh snags the no 3 spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs. According to Bleacher Report sports columnist Franklin Steele:
Series Status: The Pittsburgh Penguins lost in the second overtime of Game 3, cutting their series lead to 2-1. So far, the home team has won each game. The Pens will be looking to change that fact by going for a choke hold come Game 4 after having Game 3 snatched away from them.
Why They're Here: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis, Paul Martin and Kris Letang all have at least eight points. The power play has been lethal, hovering around the 30 percent mark all postseason long. Tomas Vokoun, the backup who replaced a struggling Marc-Andre Fleury, just lost his first game of the playoffs. And if the Pens decide to go back to Fleury, well, he has won a Cup before.
Stanley Cup Outlook: It's Stanley Cup or bust for the Penguins this year. They obviously have championship aspirations after making deals for Iginla, Douglas Murray, Brenden Morrow and Jussi Jokinen at the deadline.
The Senators ended the NHL regular season as the no 7 team in the NHL Eastern Conference with a 25-17-6 record. Ottawa proved victorious against the Montreal Canadiens in round one and hold the no 7 spot in the playoffs (out of 8 teams). As Steele points out:
Series Status: The Pittsburgh Penguins looked like they were going to go up on the Ottawa Senators in Game 3. They carried a lead on the Sens all the way to the 29-second mark of the third period, when captain Daniel Alfredsson scored a shorthanded goal to send the game to overtime.
Colin Greening ends up as the hero, and the Senators have a 1-2 series on their hands now, instead of finding themselves down 3-0.
Why They're Here: Guts. All guts and heart from the Senators through the first three games of the series, as well as through the first round and regular season. This team will never roll over, and it's tempting to rank it higher over some teams that have shown a lack of killer instinct.
Stanley Cup Outlook: No one is predicting that the Sens will down the Pens in the second round, but with efforts like they showed in Game 3, anything is possible. Still, beating Pittsburgh three times in the next four games is a daunting task. Yet with Jason Spezza back in the lineup and Craig Anderson looking invincible, this one could get interesting.
As Sports World Report columnist Matthew Jussim sums it up:
"The Ottawa Senators pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the playoffs this year with their first round victory over the Montreal Canadiens and now the team will face off against the number one seeded Pittsburgh Penguins, who defeated the New York Islanders in a tough series... The Penguins got Sidney Crosby back after a jaw injury in the last series and Evgeni Malkin is leading the way with 11 points and nine assists, while Pascal Dupris has five goals in the playoffs."
Pittsburgh currently leads the series 2-1. Tonight's Game 4 of the NHL playoff's round two should prove a fierce battle on the ice between two of NHL East's top teams.
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