OTTAWA (AP) — Colin Greening wore six stitches on his left cheek, and a wide smile, after Ottawa's double overtime playoff victory against Pittsburgh.
Greening ended the longest game of this year's postseason with a backhander off a rebound 7:39 into the second OT, and the Senators' 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins cut their series deficit to 2-1 on Sunday night.
Daniel Alfredsson got Ottawa even 1-1 by scoring a short-handed goal with 29 seconds left in regulation just after the Senators pulled goalie Craig Anderson for an extra skater.
"We were just calm," Anderson said of the Senators' mood heading into overtime. "We had tied it up. We had momentum. We felt like the fans really rallied behind us.
"Going into overtime, we knew we just had to build off the momentum and keep the pressure on."
Actually, both teams provided lots of pressure in a scintillating 27 1-2 minutes of extra time before Greening won it.
Greening needed six stitches to close a gash on his left cheek after taking a wayward stick to the face early in the game. The euphoria of his goal was still settling in even as the Senators' medical staffers were picking tiny bits of fiberglass out of his face.
"You get a lot of adrenaline going through your body, but they were just small pieces," Greening said. "Like I said, the big pieces were all taken out."
Anderson made 49 saves, including 18 after regulation. Tomas Vokoun stopped 46 shots for Pittsburgh and took his first loss (4-1) since taking over for No. 1 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series will be in Ottawa on Wednesday.
"Whether you win or lose, you always turn the page quickly and concentrate on the next one," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "Obviously it's disappointing, but we will bounce back."
Tyler Kennedy scored with just over a minute to play in the second period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. That stood up until Alfredsson tied it in the closing seconds of the third.
"It looked like they had it wrapped up, and we were able to get a big goal shorthanded to get into overtime, and then both teams had their chances before we got the winner," Alfredsson said.
"Just praying that we get something to the net," Anderson said of the tying goal. "We practice that drill all the time in practice. Guy drops it off and goes to the net.
"It was just the way we practiced. Alfie is one of the best guys in the game. We want the puck on his stick at all times."
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