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A rivalry is building in the Northeast, the eight-seeded Islanders and Wild arent going away quietly, but the Canucks are a team in turmoil, falling behind three games to none against San Jose. Marco Andreolli Jersey . Scott Cullen has stats, notes and observations from Sundays NHL action. ITS GETTING HOT IN OTTAWAIn a game that deteriorated rapidly in the third period, the Ottawa Senators throttled the Montreal Canadiens 6-1 to take a 2-1 lead in a series that has generated significant animosity in a short period of time. 20-year-old rookie Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who scored two goals in 11 games after being called up from the AHL (where he had seven goals and 29 points in 69 games), notched a hat trick to lead the Senators. Pageau was plus-3, had a team-high five shots on goal and won 12 of 17 (70.6%) face-offs. A tremendous performance for Ottawas largely-unknown third-line centre. Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and two assists, and even ended up playing some defence as both benches were shortened after the game went off the rails in the third period. After Kyle Turris scored to make it 4-1 for Ottawa, there was a line brawl following the ensuing faceoff. Canadiens D P.K. Subban instigated a fight with Senators C Kyle Turris a minute-and-a-half later; Canadiens wingers Rene Bourque and Brandon Prust both elbowed Senators rookie Cory Conacher in the head, then Conacher was thrust into a fight with Canadiens rookie Brendan Gallagher. Goaltending remains a hot issue in this series. Canadiens G Carey Price, who was excellent in Game Two, stopped just 24 of 30 shots and at least a couple of Ottawas goals were of the variety that a top-tier goaltender should be expected to stop. Speaking of top-tier goaltenders, Craig Anderson stopped 33 of 34 shots. In 26 starts this year (regular season plus playoffs), Anderson has allowed one or zero goals in 12. Senators RW Chris Neil, in addition to his contribution to the line brawl, had six hits in 6:25 of ice time. Senators rookie C Mika Zibanejad also had six hits, but played 20:25, second-most among Ottawa forwards. Jakob Silfverberg led with 21:09 time on ice. After the Canadiens rallied to tie the series, despite being undermanned, in Game Two, they suffered a meltdown in Game Three even though LW Max Pacioretty, their top scorer, and RW Brian Gionta, their captain, returned to the lineup. Frustration obviously boiled over for Montreal, so when Senators coach Paul MacLean called a timeout with 17.8 seconds left in a 6-1 game, the Canadiens were understandably unimpressed, leading to Montreal D Josh Gorges firing a slap shot that appeared to be aimed at Turris in neutral ice. MacLean might have been earnest in his decision, using the time to set his players strategy to be safe for one last draw but, in any sport, its not well received when a team that is winning a blowout calls a timeout when the game is long since decided. Coming on the heels of MacLean referring to Montreal D Raphael Diaz by his number in the aftermath of Game One, the Canadiens seem convinced that the Senators coach is disrespecting them. There may be something to it, or it may be one of the oldest motivational tools in existence, used as a way to rally the troops ("They were callin us names!"). It worked for Montreal in Game Two. Well see how the Habs respond in Game Four. FIGHT THE POWERDespite an impressive showing by the New York Islanders Sunday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Penguins prevailed in overtime, with a 5-4 win giving them a 2-1 series lead. Chris Kunitz netted the winning goal, giving him two goals and an assist for the game, finishing off a feed from Sidney Crosby, who recorded three assists. Kunitz scored 22 goals in 48 games this season, his 0.46 goals per game the best scoring rate of his career, but he scored 20 goals in 36 games (0.56 per game) when Sidney Crosby was in the lineup, compared to two goals in 12 games (0.17 per game) without No. 87. Kunitz had also been kept under wraps for the first two games of the series, not scoring any points and managing just one shot on goal. Islanders RW Kyle Okposo had a strong game (1 G, 1 A, team-high 5 shots on goal) and his line, with Frans Nielsen and Matt Moulson was tops in the possession game, spending most of the day matched against Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow. While Kunitz and Crosby had big days, some of that production came as part of Pittsburghs three power play goals. The defence tandem matched up against them, Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald, had some success. MacDonald was a plus-3 and Hamonic had five hits and five blocked shots as both had pretty fair possession numbers, especially given their quality of competition. While the Islanders had to earn a measure of respect by rallying from a 4-2 deficit to force overtime, there is something disheartening about controlling play to the extent that the Islanders did, outshooting the Penguins 36-25, only to fall short on the scoreboard. Its not some massive fluke that the Islanders are winning the possession game against Pittsburgh either. During the regular season, the Islanders ranked ninth in shot differential (+2.70) while the Penguins were 13th (+0.80). For advanced statheads, the Islanders were 11th in Fenwick close, while the Penguins were 15th. What those stats indicate is that the Islanders can hold their own against Pittsburgh, in terms of territorial play; the challenge is limiting the impact of Pittsburghs power play. Through the first three games of the series, the Islanders power play is 1-for-11 (9.1%) while the Penguins are 6-for-13 (46.2%), a massive difference, and one that has to be overcome if the Islanders are going to upset the top seed in the East. WHERE THE WILD THINGS AREReturning home to Minnesota brought a much better performance from the Minnesota Wild and an overtime goal from rookie Jason Zucker gave them a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, cutting Chicagos series lead to two games to one. Minnesota was full value for the win, outshooting Chicago 37-27, while also outhitting the Blackhawks 34-13. Its one thing to have more hits when youre getting dominated in puck possession, but its a different story when the Wild had more than an even share of puck possession. Zucker is a 21-year-old rookie who was a productive player for two years at the University of Denver (91 points in 78 games) after he was a second-round pick in 2010. He had four goals in 20 regular season games this year, but had some success on the second line, skating with Matt Cullen and Devin Setoguchi, and thats where hes found himself for the postseason. That Wild line had some success matched up against Chciagos third line of Andrew Shaw, Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg. Facing Chicagos top line, Wild LW Pierre-Marc Bouchard tallied a goal and an assist and was plus-2, while RW Cal Clutterbuck recorded a game-high eight hits. For Chicago, RW Patrick Kane remains a creative force. He set up both Blackhawks goals Sunday, giving him five assists in three games for the series. If the Wild can deliver a similar performance in Game Four, at home again, they could put some pressure on the top-seeded Blackhawks and as long as G Josh Harding continues to play well -- he has a .928 save percentage through the first three games -- there is going to be a chance for the Wild if they are otherwise competitive with the Blackhawks. CANUCKS COLLAPSEDown 2-0 in the series and heading to San Jose, the Vancouver Canucks decided to start Cory Schneider in goal, his first start in nearly two weeks (since beating Chicago April 22) and the decision didnt pay off, as San Jose pulled away in the third period on their way to a 5-2 win. A competitive game for the first two periods, the Sharks were leading 2-1 and outshooting the Canucks 23-21 after forty minutes, turned in San Jose favour early in the third period when Logan Coutures harmless-looking snap shot beat Schneider. It should have been stopped and things only got worse for the Canucks when Patrick Marleau scored nine seconds later. Couture paced the Sharks attack, scoring two goals and adding two assists. He was also 15-for-18 (83.3%) in the faceoff circle. Joe Pavelski added a pair of goals and an assist, with six shots on goal. Patrick Marleaus goal was part of his game-high seven shots on goal. Theres not much positive to take from this game for Vancouver. Theyre on the brink of elimination, not scoring enough and their goaltending is, once again, a hot-button issue. Getting swept in the first round of the playoffs could end up costing some people their jobs because expectations, in some places, were still very high for the Canucks and when expectations arent met, that instigates change. As a side note, the Canucks decision to play rookie D Frank Corrado for the third game of the playoffs, in addition to three games at the end of the regular season, burns the first year of Corrados entry-level deal. Maybe its not a big deal and maybe it was necessary to keep Keith Ballard healthy for an offseason compliance buyout, but it was a decision of some consequence. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Saphir Taider Inter Milan Jersey . Inter president Erick Thohir says in a club statement on Wednesday that Vidic is "one of the worlds best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree, and charisma will be an asset. Miranda Jersey . - Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was speaking to a group of local high school students earlier this week when the conversation turned to the importance of being prepared when opportunities in life arise. . Isner, ranked No. 14, won his eighth career singles title and took the title in New Zealand for the second time after his victory in 2010. The match was similar to Isners quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber which went to three sets, all tiebreaks and contained no breaks of serve. BERLIN -- Defending champion Bayern Munich routed Schalke 4-0 to join Borussia Dortmund atop the Bundesliga on Saturday in the sides most impressive performance since Pep Guardiola took over as coach. "It was our best game in the Bundesliga. We dominated completely. We were pressurizing for the whole game," said Guardiola, who succeeded Jupp Heynckes in the summer. "Im very happy and proud." It was Schalkes biggest home defeat in the league since a 6-0 loss to Bochum in May 1981. "Today the difference in class was too big, especially in the second half. We started very well. For the first 20 minutes or so Bayern found it difficult," Schalke defender Benedikt Hoewedes said. "Then we concede such a stupid goal." Bastian Schweinsteiger scored with a header from Arjen Robbens corner in the 21st, before David Alaba crossed for Mario Mandzukic to make it 2-0 with the home side still reeling. Hoewedes was unable to clear the Croatians header off the line. The third goal seemed just a matter of time and Alaba was involved again, setting up Franck Ribery to score from close range in the 75th. Then Claudio Pizarro scored his first goal of the season in the 84th, three minutes after coming on, when fellow substitute Thomas Mueller cut the ball back. "We had our chances that we didnt use. And Bayern made the most of our mistakes," said Schalke midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who was consoled by his brother, Bayern defender Jerome Boateng. "He knows that it goes on and Schalke are allowed to win the next game," Jerome joked. Dortmund drew 1-1 at Nuremberg to drop its first points of the season. "We can live with the point," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said. Marcel Schmelzer opened the scoring with a curling free kick over the wall and inside the right post in the 37th. Per Nilsson equalized after a Nuremberg free kick in the 51st and the visitors were unable to extend their five-game winning start despite several late chances. Nuremberg substitute Alexander Esswein wasted the opportunity to seal the home sides first win when he missed with only the goalkeeper tto beat in injury time. Stevan Jovetic Jersey. Schmelzer and Marco Reus were taken off at halftime with a thigh injury and dead leg respectively. "It hurts a lot and the dates are coming in rapid succession," Klopp said with an eye on Tuesdays German Cup game at 1860 Munich. Werder Bremen defeated Hamburger SV 2-0 to compound a bad week for the home side, which sacked Thorsten Fink as coach late Monday. Bayer Leverkusen won 4-1 at Mainz, Wolfsburg came from behind to defeat Hoffenheim 2-1, and Szabolcs Husztis late penalty gave Hannover a 2-1 win over Augsburg. Nils Petersen was the hero for Bremen with two goals in the leagues 99th northern derby -- the 179th meeting between the sides. Former Hamburg player Eljero Elias back-heel sent Clemens Fritz down the right. The midfielder held off Marcell Jansens challenge and crossed for the in-flying Peterson to score from close range in the 32nd. Petersen finally sealed the result in the final minute of a hectic game when he shot into the unguarded net with Hamburg keeper Rene Adler out of his goal. Hamburg midfielder Tomas Rincon broke his jaw after colliding with Caldirola in the second half. The club said the Venezuelan was having an operation. Leverkusens game at Mainz was effectively over by halftime with the visitors leading 3-0. Robbie Kruse scored with a deft flick past Mainz goalkeeper Heinz Mueller in the 19th, Lars Benders deflected shot gave Mueller no chance in the 38th, and Simon Rolfes set up Kruses second before the break. Rolfes then crossed for Stefan Kiessling to score with a header in the 59th, before Yunus Malli claimed an 82nd-minute consolation. "After the Champions League game on Tuesday it was important to have the right approach," said Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia, referring to his sides 4-2 loss at Manchester United. Hoffenheim striker Anthony Modeste opened the scoring in Wolfsburg in the 15th, seizing on a poor back pass from Koo Ja-cheol before rounding the goalkeeper. But Ivica Olic equalized before the break, and claimed his second after it, when he lifted the ball over the outrushing goalkeeper with his first touch. Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '