The Ottawa Senators were 29 seconds away from going down 3-0 and they were shorthanded, too, but Daniel Alfredsson came to the rescue. The captain barreled down the middle and redirected a shot past Tomas Vokoun to force overtime. It took a second overtime before the Senators finally won it, but however they did it and however many heart attacks they caused, Ottawa had a win to get them back in the series.
Now the Senators prepare for Game 4, trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals, but alive once again. Now they have to get even or risk being eliminated in Game 5 back in Pittsburgh.
As dramatics and satisfying as their Game 3 win was, the Senators still have plenty of work left to do.
The Penguins know that as close as they came to pushing the Senators to the brink in Game 3, they are still sitting pretty. They went to Ottawa looking for a split, which would allow them to win the series back at home, and that's still on the table.
Winning at Scotiabank Place is easier said than done, though. The Senators are 3-0 at home this postseason and can put a scare in the Penguins if they can stay perfect in Game 4.
Do the Senators have any magic left?
In Game 3, the Senators left it until there were just 29 seconds left to tie the game and then needed double overtime to win it. As dramatic as that may have been, it was just more of the same for Ottawa, who have been mounting late comebacks all playoffs. At some point that magic has to run out, you would think. But maybe this Senators team is different? We'll see if they have any fairy dust left in Game 4.
Will the Penguins' power play get back on track?
The Penguins power play had been amazing in the postseason, scoring on 10 of 31 opportunities heading into Game 3, but the Senators shut them down at Scotiabank Place. Now Pittsburgh has to get back on track with the man advantage and that begins with getting bodies in front of net. Craig Anderson had clear looks at too many shots and when the Sens goalie did give up the rare rebound, there were no Penguins to pounce on it. That has to change in Game 4 for Pittsburgh.
How is Jason Spezza coming along?
Jason Spezza returned to the ice for the first time since the fifth game of the regular season in Game 3 and while he managed four shots, he wasn't the dominant player that he was a year ago. It's ridiculous to expect him to be his old self coming off of back surgery, but the Senators need him to be and impact player. For Game 4, they will take an improvement on the guy they saw in Game 3. Just one big play from him could be the difference.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday
TV information: NBCSN, CBC, RDS