Phaneuf scores in OT as Senators tie series against BruinsBy Kelly Sanders Apr 19, 2017
In any event, Ryan poured salt in the wound by potting the game victor, and all the Bruins can do now is put the loss behind them and do whatever it takes to win game four, because they cannot afford to go back to Ottawa for game five facing elimination.
It was the first time the Bruins practiced the day after a game since the start of their Eastern Conference first round series against Ottawa, which the Senators lead 2-1 heading into Game 4 on Wednesday at TD Garden. "We've got to do a better job on Erik Karlsson (who had two wonderful stretch passes for assists in Game 3 and 4)".
The Bruins spotted the Ottawa Senators the first three goals of the game, then came roaring back to tie it with three goals of their own in the second period.
A similar destiny nearly felled the Senators in Game 2, with Craig Anderson's gaffe zapping all the momentum gained from Clarke MacArthur's momentous game-tying goal only 1:42 earlier.
"That's the way it goes in the playoffs, the tide changes, there's a lot resiliency in the playoffs", said coach Guy Boucher.
After having just 3 shots in the first two games, Hoffman put 8 shots on Rask Monday night, and that doesn't include the one he rang off the crossbar in the third period that could have ended things without requiring overtime.
Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist, and William Nylander also scored for Toronto.
The shots in regulation were 28-19 for the Senators. "When it's 3-3 after the second period, it's a great opportunity for everybody. But, we gave ourselves a chance, and again, we need to be much better next game". We've got to get more traffic in front of the net.
Riley Nash, whose retaliation swipe at Ryan was caught by ref Tim Peel, took the blame on himself, saying, "I think it was pretty selfish of me, you know you can't make that play".
"You just sit back and go, 'Wow, I could never do that, '" MacArthur said of that pass from his captain. Ottawa added another goal early in the second before Boston produced a dramatic comeback. But then Boston finally got going on the offensive end. That was followed 42 seconds later by Backes' slap shot after he broke through the Senators defense to swipe the puck and open the ice.
Consecutive penalties against Turris and Dion Phaneuf led the way for Boston's third goal of the stanza at 13:51. The Bruins were still close to sweeping Ottawa on the road in these first two games.
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Acciari and center David Krejci both returned, but Boston struggled early to find much offensive traction.
The B's weren't only down 2-0 after 20 minutes, the Senators also outshot them 9-2 and had a 10-4 edge in scoring chances (6-0 in high-danger scoring chances) at 5-on-5 in the period.
He isn't the only player on the Ottawa Senators who is thriving against their divisional rivals in the first round of the 2017 postseason, but he's certainly one of the most noticeable.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 4:46 to play on a freaky deflection off Lance Bouma's skate, and Anaheim took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Frederik Andersen made 23 saves.
Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom scored for the top-seeded Capitals, who are now feeling the heat going into Game 3 Monday in Toronto. He's had five hits, three blocked shots and played 24:11 and 27:47, respectively.
But it did not take long for the Bruins to indeed catch up, scoring three times in 7:46.
The Senators are back for Game 4 Wednesday night.
This game was made for overtime, and that's where it went.
Catch-up hockey is losing hockey, and the Boston Bruins have played a lot of catch-up hockey in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Ottawa Senators.
They may, but probably won't, have rookie Brandon Carlo back in the lineup.
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