Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson of Sweden is congratulated by the bench after scoring his second goal of the game in the second period of NHL Stanley Cup Playoff hockey action against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Sunday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Daniel Alfredsson scored twice during a second dominating Ottawa second period in as many days. The Senators made this lead stand, taking Pittsburgh's stars and its crowd out of the game for a 4-2 victory Sunday in Game 3 of their first-round series.
The Senators seized back home-ice advantage by mostly controlling Pittsburgh's stars and getting two key goals from one of their own in Alfredsson.
Ottawa, rebounding from a 4-3 loss at home barely 24 hours before in which it twice squandered third-period leads, takes a 2-1 lead into Game 4 on Tuesday night. Game 5 follows in Ottawa on Thursday.
The Senators have been in control for all but 1½ periods of the series, winning 6-3 in Game 1. Only this time - unlike Saturday, when the Penguins came back with three goals in the third period - they have the victory and the series lead to prove it.