Ottawa Senators level-headed as 4th battle with Bruins approaches

The Ottawa Senators were all smiles Sunday.

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

BLUE JACKETS: Forward Matt Calvert was suspended by the NHL's department of player safety for Game 3 against Pittsburgh on Sunday because of his cross-check to Tom Kuhnhackl late in the third period of Game 2.

Though the Senators pushed the pace and dominated a lot of play, goaltender Craig Anderson struggled as David Pastrnak, David Backes and Noel Acciari tied it up in the second period.

Not unraveling in a tough atmosphere, the young Maple Leafs showed they belonged on the same ice with the Capitals after losing Game 1 in OT. 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.

The shots in regulation were 28-19 for the Senators. They could easily be down 0-2 in this series but took advantage of defensive breakdowns by the Bruins to even things up. Every guy you miss, you miss his attributes but with every new guy coming in, you get his own attributes. "It's the playoffs, no one's going to give up and it's not going to be pretty at all times, but you want to win games and we found a way to win".

Erik Karlsson. Ottawa's captain made himself known in Game 2 with one of the slickest playoff assists you'll ever see.

"Playoffs aren't about momentum, they're about urgency and they're about desperation". The first game we were tentative in the third period and (Saturday) we were too aggressive in the second period.

And speaking of looming upsets, the Nashville Predators now have a three games to none lead over a team that was supposed to handle them fairly easily in round one, the Chicago Blackhawks. "For us, it's not about what's happened in the past, it's about the present". "We've got a few more games to go here".

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

The Ottawa Senators were 20 minutes from dropping both home games and falling into an 0-2 hole in their Eastern Conference first-round series before staging a dramatic rally. Ottawa worked the puck around the zone, with Bobby Ryan finding Derick Brassard at the goal line to the right of Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask. He was able to tip a shot by John-Michael Liles by Anderson to at least get the crowd back into the game.

The assist was the second of the game for Karlsson.

Perhaps scared stiff by the drubbing, the Bruins responded and scored three times before the end of the period to knot the score 3-3 heading into the final frame.

The Senators struck quickly with two goals in a span of 35 seconds in the first that left the probably left the Bruins wondering what it was going to take.

As the Senators prepare to face the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden with the series tied 1-1, the club could be without defenceman Mark Borowiecki, who left Saturday's 4-3 OT victory at the Canadian Tire Centre with what appeared to be a leg injury after he slammed hard into the boards and had to be helped off the ice.

  • Zachary Reyes