We're not condescending assholes by any stretch of the imagination.
But you just can't get too high or too low in the playoffs.
It's been flat-out entertaining listening to voices on sports-talk shows saying that the Pens will now be running away with this series, that this series ends on Thursday night, etc.
Four days ago, these people were vomiting all over themselves.
Now they're walking around like the Pens are world-beaters.
The energy from the home crowd hurt the Sens more than it helped them. The first two games of this series, they played a simple road game, maintained the "us against the world" mentality, and they almost escaped Pittsburgh with two wins.
That home-crowd energy got the best of them in Game Three, but the Senators are a professional-hockey team with a solid brain trust of coaching that goes beyond Cory Clouston. The play that turned this game on its head was the Senators letting Bill Guerin hang out on the other side of center-red. The goal made it 4-1, and the Sens started jobbing people afterward, knowing the game was over. It's a simple defensive lapse that will be replayed over and over in the film room for the players. Without the goal, the final minutes of this game would've taken on an entirely different intensity, with the Sens only being down by one goal.
Game Four is going to be a dogfight. Pens will be ready for it.
The way the Sens played in Games One and Two wasn't a fluke.
But they are still jokes.
Moreover, with Game Three, this playoff series has become a hate fest.
We hate the Senators. We hate the entire city of Ottawa. We hate the Ottawa media.
When Crosby comes out for the three stars, we wish he would throw a grenade into the stands.
Not like it would affect anyone, since they were sent to the gates early in the third.
One reason we are glad Andy Sutton wasn't suspended is because it is almost better keeping him in there so Geno and Bing can turn him into a street sign. Sutton was smoked for two goals by the Mega Powers.
On the other side, Sutton started the Butterfly Effect with his hit on Leopold.
With Leo out, Jay McKee stepped in and played a great game.
He laid his life on the line like nine times. Jay McKee is built for the playoffs.
Now the Pens have a pivotal game on Tuesday.
A win puts the Sens down 3-1.
With a casket match set for Game Five in the Mellon.
After the jump, a recap that has WAY too much shit in it.