Bruins let lead slip away

"As a series goes on, it gets more intense, more pressure-filled, just more fun", said Ottawa center Kyle Turris, who set up the OT victor Monday. Scoring the other Senators goals were Derick Brassard, Chris Wideman and Clarke MacArthur.

The assist was the second of the game for Karlsson while Ryan scored his second goal of the series, as the Senators captured their second straight OT victory.

The game was a play in three acts: a awful first period that saw the Bruins fall behind 2-0 in front of their own fans, and then 3-0 early in the second, but act two was that emotional second period that saw Boston roar back on consecutive goals by Noel Acciari, David Backes, and David Pastrnak that had the Garden rocking in full throated intensity, and then the tragic finale in sudden death overtime when Bobby Ryan put home the game victor for Ottawa, deflecting a pass over Tuukka Rask while the Senators were on the power play.

The three goals were scored on just seven shots in the period, the Bruins with just 10 through two.

After Tuukka Rask made a dazzling, slide-across-the-crease-save, the rest of the period was drastically different.

The series shifts to Boston for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Wednesday.

The Senators rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a two-goal third period.

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.

Neither team has appeared willing to give an inch in the offensive zone - and it's not in the Senators' DNA to start taking risks, most definitely not in the playoffs - but something's gotta give. "You wish that you had a full lineup every game, but it's unfortunate for us the last three or four games we're always losing a body".

For the second straight game, the Bruins erupted for three goals in the second to bring an anxious crowd to life.

Chara led the Bruins in shorthanded time on ice this season with 3:46 a night. However, the Capitals got the early jump as they scored twice in the first five minutes with both goals coming from their top line of Ovechkin, Backstrom and T.J. Oshie.

Tonight, the Senators jumped up to a 3-0 lead less than 24 minutes into the game. "We realized that the first game we kind of gave away, and again we were about to give this one away as well", Senators captain Erik Karlsson told the assembled media post-game. "It (Wednesday's game) is going to probably be the most intense game of the series so far".

First it was Noel Acciari, playing in his first playoff game for Boston, deflecting a shot past Anderson. Other than that, the Senators have had the Bruins number and numerous games weren't close.

Backes had the best opportunity to score for the Bruins in first period, but his attempt to fire a glove side shot by Anderson was wide right, striking the post.

The teams split the first two games of their first-round series in Ottawa.

  • Julie Sanders