Ottawa Senators' Milan Michalek hits New York Rangers' Anton Stralman to the ice during the first period of game three of first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Monday, April 16, 2012.
Sharks goalie Antti Niemi has been known to give up some soft goals, and he let this one go past him as the Blues built a 4-1 lead before hanging on for the 4-3 win and 2-1 series lead.
The Sharks had a hard time getting the puck past Blues goalie Brian Elliott until late in the game, but by then it was too little, too late.
Sharks center Joe Thornton and goalie Antti Niemi enter the ice before the start of Game 3 through a cloud of smoke as fans get fired up.
Rich Peverley of the Bruins and Karl Alzner of the Capitals battle against the glass during the second period of what was probably the most physical game of this series so far. Getty ImagesPatrick McDermott
Jason Spezza and the Senators couldn't find the net in Game 3, but at least they took out some frustrations by getting in a few good checks against the Rangers. Getty ImagesRichard Wolowicz
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Jason Spezza put on a puck-handling display, but unfortunately for him and his team, he couldn't direct the puck into New York's net. NHLI via Getty ImagesAndre Ringuette
Eye on you
Senators forward Chris Neil looks as if he wants nothing more than to inflict some kind of harm on Rangers forward Derek Stepan. New York had the last laugh by winning the game 1-0.
Some Caps fans tried to get an early start on election day campaigning, but Tim Thomas doesn't seem interested.
Rough and tumble
Both teams had a difficult time controlling their tempers, and a late penalty may have been what ultimately cost the Capitals Game 3.
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference feels the wrath of Capitals left-winger Troy Brouwer. These two players had a number of collisions in Game 3.
Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators stands during the singing of the Canadian national anthem prior to facing the New York Rangers in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1. Getty ImagesRichard Wolowicz
Ottawa's Bobby Butler gets hit from behind by New York's Ruslan Fedotenko during the first period of Game 3. All three games in the series have been physical and closely contested.
Hit me up
Ottawa's Milan Michalek knocks New York's Anton Stralman to the ice during the first period of Game 3. The Rangers won to reclaim home-ice advantage after dropping Game 2.
Carry a big stick
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored a goal early in the second period to temporarily gave Washington a 2-1 lead. Boston went on to win 4-3 to go up 2-1 in the series.
In the spotlight
Capitals left-winger Alexander Semin opened the scoring in the first period with a power-play goal, but the Bruins would soon rally and take their first regulation lead of the series early in the third period.
Laying down on the job
Blues defenseman Kris Russell will need an extra long stick to be able to reach the puck from where he's lying on the ice. St. Louis did a great job shutting down the Sharks for most of the game.