When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.
The Tri-City Americans squeezed three power-play goals out of two major penalties by Everett to hand the Silvertips a 3-1 loss Saturday before a crowd of 3,915 at Toyota Center and take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference playoff series.
"We are happy," Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. "Every game we win in this crazy thing called the playoffs, we are happy and excited."
The best-of-7 series continues with Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday at Comcast Arena in Everett.
The Silvertips came out hard, with a much-improved effort from Game 1. But their enthusiasm got them in a bit of hot water.
All three of Tri-City's goals came off major penalties assessed to the Silvertips, who saw Ryan Harrison ejected in the first period and Cody Fowlie in the second.
"I'm not happy with the result, but they played harder," Everett coach Mark Ferner said. "We don't want to see anyone get hurt, but for us to be successful, we have to finish our checks. The intent was not to injure. We respect them tremendously."
The win came at a cost as the Americans lost defenseman Drydn Dow to a possible fractured arm.
Dow injured his arm at 2:34 of the first when he was checked from behind into the boards by Manraj Hayer, who received a double minor.
Hiller said they would have to wait and see what the X-rays show, but he believes Dow's arm is broken.
The Americans went on the power play, and after Ryan Harrison sent the puck out of play for a two-minute minor, Tri-City had a 5-on-3 man advantage for 56 seconds but managed just three shots on goal throughout in a less-than-impressive effort.
Seven minutes after Dow went down, Harrison blindsided Jesse Mychan with an open-ice hit and was given a major for interference and a game misconduct.
This time, the Americans made the Silvertips pay.
Patrick Holland scored from the high slot at 10:21 as the puck found its way through traffic and into the net.
Mason Wilgosh gave the Americans a 2-0 lead at 12:50, cleaning up a rebound off a Malte Strmwall shot and beating Kent Simpson at the right post.
"I think we expected them to come out hard," Tri-City forward Adam Hughesman said. "We responded on the power play with three goals. We took care of business at home. We know hard it is to play in Everett."
Tri-City received another 5-minute power play in the second when Fowlie checked Holland in the boards in front of the Everett bench with the gate open.
Two minutes later, Hughesman's shot from the right circle gave Tri-City a 3-0 lead at 6:20 of the second period.
"They had a big impact on the game," Hiller said of the penalties. "We usually have a pretty good power play. When you play 5-on-4 as long as we did, we are tough to beat."
Ryan Murray scored Everett's lone goal with 1:03 left in the game, breaking up Ty Rimmer's shutout bid.
Rimmer finished with 17 saves as the Americans outshot the Silvertips 36-18 and killed off four Everett power plays.
The Silvertips pulled Simpson with 42 seconds left on the clock, but were unable to get any quality chances. Simpson had 33 saves in taking the loss.
"We lost two key players and that hurt," Ferner said. "Kent was very good for us."
Brendan Shinnimin added two assists for the Americans, while Strmwall continued his playoff point streak with an assist to give him four points in two games.