Senators rally past Bruins to win in OT

The Senators may have a bit of a letdown after the emotional roller coaster that was Monday night. The 26-year-old Swede has tremendous speed, stops and starts on a dime, controls the puck as if it were velcroed to his stick and can ignite the Ottawa offense - especially so on the power play - as effortlessly as pushing a button on an automatic auto starter.

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.

The Senators were able to get up off the mat after Ryan scored the victor at 5:43 of OT on the power play to deliver the knockout punch to the Bruins.

After only registering three shots on net in the first period, the Bruins found themselves down 3-0 just a few minutes into the second period after a power play goal from Ottawa's Mike Hoffman 3:42 into the period.

Can the Boston Bruins avoid another home loss to the Ottawa Senators when the two meet tonight at 7:30PM ET in Game 4 of their series?

There is no way this game ever should have gotten to OT.

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

Dion Phaneuf scored the overtime victor as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 Saturday to tie their Eastern Conference quarter-final series 1-1. Every guy you miss, you miss his attributes but with every new guy coming in, you get his own attributes. 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.

The playoffs are won on momentum. You look at the last two games and both teams showed a lot of desperation in the third period.

"Those are the fun games you like to play in. For us, it's not about what's happened in the past, it's about the present".

The Bruins increased their lead at 16:01 on a power play when Bergeron deflected a David Pastrnak shot past Anderson's glove.

Ottawa defenceman Chris Wideman, playing in his first playoff series, called Saturday's win "definitely emotional" and "the most exciting game" he'd been a part of.

Ottawa went on the penalty kill and David Pastrnak took advantage of the man advantage as he tied the game with help from Charlie McAvoy for Boston, raising his hand to his ear to bring the Garden crowd to their feet in a sea of cheers.

It was Acciari who got the Bruins on the board at 6:05.

The Senators, after coughing up a three-goal lead in the second period, put all those bad memories behind them.

Add it all up and it spells big trouble for the Bruins, who Monday night fell into a 2-1 playoff series deficit to Ottawa when the Senators, handed a power play on Riley Nash's retaliatory hit, rubbed out the Bruins, 4-3, on Bobby Ryan's goal with 5:43 gone in overtime. A flawless saucer pass by captain Erik Karlsson from his own end sent Hoffman in alone and he did a ideal backhand reach across to beat Rask on the glove side at 7:15 to open the scoring for the Senators.

  • Julie Sanders