Things finally went right for the Ottawa Senators: They scored four goals against Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig, their power play clicked three times and they finally did some hitting.
That added up to a 4-3 victory Monday night over the Capitals, Ottawa's first win in three games of their Eastern Conference semifinal series."We played better as a team," Ottawa coach Jacques Martin said. "We got a better effort from more people tonight, and we were better defensively."
The biggest effort came from Daniel Alfredsson, who got his second hat trick of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He scored all three of his goals in the first period against Kolzig.
And now the Senators have a chance to tie the best-of-7 series 2-2 in Game 4 at the Corel Centre on Wednesday.
The Washington-Ottawa game was close because Damian Rhodes was shaky in goal for the Senators until the final minute. Rhodes, the key to the Senators' stunning first-round upset of the New Jersey Devils, allowed goals by Sergei Gonchar, Peter Bondra and Richard Zednik in the first nine shots he faced.
STARS 1, OILERS 0, OT: At Edmonton, Benoit Hogue scored at 13:07 of overtime to lift the Stars to a 2-1 series lead over the Oilers.
Hogue rifled a high wrist shot over the left shoulder of Oilers goaltender Curtis Joseph as the Stars took the lead in the series. Game 4 will be Wednesday at the Edmonton Coliseum.
The goal came when Oilers defenseman Janne Niinimaa - who has been a tower of strength for Edmonton - botched a clearing attempt from his corner.