Athens 3, Paris 2 – Athens leads series 2-1
The Greeks looked to be in trouble when Kyle Palmeiri was called for holding 39 seconds into sudden death overtime on Monday to infuriate Athens coach John Tortorella. Paris’ powerplay unit got the puck to Alex Pietrangelo at the point, but his shot-pass was intercepted in front by Ian White of Athens, who skated forward and slid the puck to T. J. Oshie, who proceeded to break into the Paris end, down the right boards and he was on his way behind the net when he threw it in front to a wide open Ryan O’Reilly. O’Reilly fired a low wrist shot with conviction and ended the game. Athens now leads the titanic series 2-1. The really bad news for Paris is that they will be skating Game 4 – and probably longer – without Alexander Semin, their leading goal scorer throughout the playoffs and arguably their best forward in the 13 post-season games. Jordan Caron, who has been a plus 20 player in his 73 games over two years as a Paris fill-in player, has been called into the lineup. Monday’s game was very evenly played. Both teams had 24 shots on goal and both teams gained and then gave up one-goal leads. It also featured a Corey Perry-Scott Hartnell fight early in the second period. Paris scored twice in the 6 minutes after the fight, but Hartnell scored the game-tying goal in the third period. O’Reilly, who scored twice Monday, is now tied with David Backes for the team lead in playoff scoring. Dustin Byfuglien is the Greeks’ best plus-minus player at plus 12.