Tip-in by Ryan lifts Senators over Bruins 4-3 in overtime

On the play that led to Nash's stint in the sin bin, Ryan skated into Nash, who was down on one knee after battling for the puck along the boards.

Tyler Bozak scored 1:37 into overtime to cap Toronto's comeback from two goals down in the second period, and the Maple Leafs beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

Ottawa Senators center Derick Brassard (19) celebrates with teammates after his goal during the first period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Boston, Monday, April 17, 2017.

The Bruins erased a three-goal deficit in the second period on goals by Noel Acciari, David Backes and David Pastrnak (power play), and the score was 3-3 after two periods.

Bobby Ryan tipped home a pass from Kyle Turris for a power-play goal 5:43 into overtime, giving the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night and a 2-1 lead in the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said before Game 3 that the stat didn't mean much to him because it's all about the final score.

Now, in what has become an increasingly physical series, the Bruins find themselves in an nearly must-win scenario Wednesday in Game 4 back at the Garden. Brassard has a team high 2 goals (tied with Ryan) and added 2 assists for 4 points (tied with Ryan and Karlsson for the team lead), and he has also won 61% of his faceoffs, including 75% last night going head to head 24 times with Boston's ace pivot, Patrice Bergeron.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Zack Kassian scored midway through the third period, Cam Talbot made 23 saves in his second straight shutout and Edmonton beat San Jose in Game 3 of their first-round series.

But end results are what matter most.

Just over four minutes into overtime, Bruins center Riley Nash was called for a roughing penalty to give the Senators the man advantage.

"There's probably a lot more words, but they called it", interim coach Bruce Cassidy said.

"I think it was pretty selfish of me", said Nash. Hoffman scored his second of the game on a power play early in the third, and it looked like the Senators were home and cooled. Then, Methot got two free shots in on Tim Schaller, with both players sent off with matching unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

He was able to tip a shot by John-Michael Liles by Anderson to at least get the crowd back into the game. 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. First, he drew a penalty, and then he scored the game-winning goal. "I kept things simple in the first period and, like I said, in the second period I felt much better, third period same thing".

A return to health by defensemen Colin Miller, Torey Krug and/or Adam McQuaid would be most welcome.

Toronto trailed 2-0 in the first period, and then 3-1 early in the second before Kadri and Nylander scored 4:07 apart late to tie the score in the final minute of the period.

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.

Hoffman polished off a breakaway after a lengthy saucer pass from Erik Karlsson to put Ottawa up 1-0 at 7:40 of the opening period. Hoffman controlled the puck and easily tapped it by Rask into the right corner of the net. The Bruins will look to even the series on home ice in game 4 on Wednesday.

  • Julie Sanders