Penalty Kill Helps Lift Ottawa Senators Past Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3

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The Ottawa Senators are back in the series after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins in double overtime last night by a score of 2-1.

Although the Senators won, they still could benefit from being more disciplined.  Luckily, the team’s penalty kill was one of their strong points in last night’s Game 3 victory over the Penguins.  The Senators killed all seven of the penalties they faced during the game.  In fact, they converted one penalty kill into a short-handed goal scored by captain, Daniel Alfredsson, which allowed the Senators to tie the game with only 29 seconds left.  This was definitely a momentum shift for the Senators which they took into both overtime periods to ultimately win the game.

However, if the Senators want to beat the Penguins more than just this game in order to take the series, they will need to do more than just excel on the penalty kill.  In part, they may not want to risk it to begin with and simply play more disciplined hockey and focus more on other areas such as the power play or keeping the puck in the offensive zone.

Ottawa will get two days to work on other areas of their game before looking to even-up the series when they play the Penguins in Game 4 at Scotiabank Place on Wednesday night.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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