Thoughts and observations from the Pens' 5-1 loss to Ottawa in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final…
* This game all comes down to one miserable stretch in the first period. The Sens started strong on their opening couple of shifts and scored just 48 seconds in, but the Pens were obviously still okay at that point. Then a few minutes later, everything fell apart. The Sens scored three times in a span of two minutes, 18 seconds to take a 4-0 lead and set a new franchise record for the fastest three goals in a playoff game. And while Marc-Andre Fleury would want a couple of those back, the responsibility doesn't rest solely on him. The guys in front of Fleury, who was pulled after the fourth goal, didn't respond and didn't push back to the Sens' surge. They missed their coverage and missed chances to get the puck out. Overall, the start was as bad as it gets and the Pens couldn't recover.
* It helped that the Sens were getting the bounces and the Pens were not. Jake Guentzel in particular just can't buy a goal right now. The kid is getting chances that just aren't falling for him. He hit a post and then had a shot from the goal line that got stuck between Craig Anderson's skate and the post and then popped out. The positive is that the chances are there, but it's tough not to get frustrated.
* Credit to Anderson too. He had a terrific game. While 4-0 is a big lead, the Pens are so talented up top that we've seen them come back from bigger. He came up with some timely stops where if any one of those goes in, maybe we're talking about a different result. He's quietly been real solid for Ottawa this entire series thus far.
* The sentiment throughout the room afterwards is that it doesn't matter what kind of loss it was - double overtime, 2-1 or 5-1, they need to learn from it regardless and be ready for the next one. They've done that all postseason and know they can do it again for Game 4.