Bruins drop Game 3 to Senators in OT

Skating in alone against Rask, Hoffman bested the Bruins netminder with a quick set of dangles to make it a 1-0 game.

The team is dealing with injuries to Adam McQuaid, Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo and Colin Miller along the blueline. The team that was the better team eventually got the game.

Wideman made it 3-2 with a shot from the point and Brassard, off a great pass from Erik Karlsson, tied the game at 7:48 on a one-timer.

The Bruins made up for their sloppy start and came out more aggressive on the offensive end in the second period, scoring three goals on just seven shots - including the two in 42 seconds - to get back into the game. "I think at the start of the game you're a little jittery but, you know, I think our push in the second period helped settle me down".

Defenseman John-Michael Liles had two assists for Boston.

Noel Acciari, Backes and David Pastrnak answered for the Bruins in their second straight three-goal second period.

The listless first period was not complete for the Bruins with a power play stumble, which of course came late in the first period, as the Bruins failed to put a single shot on goal during their gift of a power play, and skated to an 0-2 deficit through one period of play, and with just three shots on Senators goaltender Craig Anderson in the process.

Despite outshooting the Bruins 18-10 through 40 minutes, the two teams were tied 3-3 going into the third and, though it wasn't all Anderson's fault, he has to make a stop or two to give the Senators a chance, especially at this time of year. The Senators won on each of their past three visits to Boston, two of them this season.

In the first game of the playoff last week in Ottawa, it was the Senators who could not hang on to a 1-0 lead heading into the third period, in which the Bruins scored twice to take a 2-1 win.

The Bruins anticipated a push back from the Senators, but were disappointed at letting the two-goal lead slip away. Harpur logged 17:26. D Tommy Cross, a Boston College product, made his playoff (and also his 2016-17) debut with the Bruins, who were missing four defensemen because of injury. The Senators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. "I've played a long time and this is my first overtime victor and it feels great". None of them skated on Sunday.

In his postgame interview with play-by-play man Jack Edwards on NESN, Bruins interim head coach Bruce Cassidy said, "It was bad, Jack, we all saw it". "That's kind of the way we're looking at it".

Borowiecki, who sustained an apparent leg injury, could have returned Saturday but was held out.

"We've got numbers now and guys that can take over", Boucher told the Ottawa Sun. "They got the lead and we were playing catch-up after that".

Karlsson logged 31:29 on 36 shifts Saturday, while Chara played 30:09 on 34 shifts - a lot of work for an aging warrior.

"[The penalty] was demoralizing and disappointing". Despite playing in just three National Hockey League games in his career, he has experience with 291 games in a Providence uniform.

"On the positive side, Joe Morrow got thrown in there and did a nice job for us".

  • Julie Sanders