NHL Playoff Odds Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins

The Senators buzzed the Bruins to start OT with a clean sheet of ice, twice hitting the post before Dion Phaneuf won it with a goal from the left point seconds after his team's power play had expired.

Mike Hoffman scored two goals and Derick Brassard added another for the Senators.

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The Senators had rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a two-goal third period to force overtime.

Overall, the Bruins need to allow goalie Tuukka Rask to see the puck better moving forward.

BOSTON - Bruins defenseman Colin Miller will return to the lineup for Game 4 of Boston's first-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night at TD Garden. Every guy you miss, you miss his attributes but with every new guy coming in, you get his own attributes.

But the only score that matters to both teams is the one on the scoreboard after the final whistle sounds and, in that regard, the Ottawa Senators are breathing a little easier.

"The second period we didn't really come out the way that we wanted and we needed a response and I think that we definitely gave them that in the third", Karlsson said. The NHL Playoff Odds for the game have the Bruins favored comfortably to pick up the win. "For us, it's not about what's happened in the past, it's about the present".

While the first two games between the Bruins and Senators featured scoreless first periods, Monday's tilt finally saw Ottawa break through in the opening stanza.

While on the power play, David Pastrnak wired home a shot to the short side of the net that tied the score at 3-3.

Boston had the league's best penalty kill during the regular season and their special teams units will have to be big in this game and in the rest of the series if they're going to right the ship and take the lead as this series is quickly running out for the B's. Backes, in alone, pulled Boston to within a goal by beating Anderson at 6:47 to cut Ottawa's lead to 3-2. They were down three goals, they had nothing to lose and they went for it and scored two quick goals. Hoffman capitalized on the man advantage, uncorking a slap shot from the high slot that sailed past Rask at 3:42.

Fortunately for them, the Senators rebounded to take the 2-1 series lead in overtime, but not without instilling doubt about this team's ability to hold leads.

Just forty-two seconds later, David Backes got the Bruins within one goal and all the momentum.

Bobby Ryan scored on a tip-in on a power play 5:43 into overtime, and the Ottawa recovered after giving up a three-goal lead to beat Boston 4-3 on Monday night and take a 2-1 edge in the first-round series. A ideal saucer pass by captain Erik Karlsson from his own end sent Hoffman in alone and he did a flawless backhand reach across to beat Rask on the glove side at 7:15 to open the scoring for the Senators.

  • Julie Sanders