NHL: Senators beat Bruins 3-2 in OT, advance in playoffs
- Author: Julie Sanders May 04, 2017,
May 04, 2017, 20:20
Clarke MacArthur scored the victor 6:30 into overtime as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Sunday afternoon to win their Eastern Conference quarter-final series in six games.
The Senators forward sustained a concussion on October 14, 2015 - Game 4 of last season - and missed 156 games before he finally passed a baseline test in the last weeks of this season and was cleared to return.
"If you can keep your special teams going through the playoffs, it is a big factor in a series", Trotz said.
"That will be determined going forward by management whether I continue to be the head coach and what players will be here will be determined by management".
The Boston Bruins defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-2 in double overtime on Friday night.
Five minutes later, Turris ripped a shot past Rask, off the post and in to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead.
Craig Anderson made 28 saves for Sunday's deciding win.
The Bruins had the best chances to end the game in the first overtime. Kuraly's shot was initially saved, but a scrum in front of the net resulted in the puck trickling over the goal line.
Ottawa will face the New York Rangers in the conference semifinals.
The Senators lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
The highest paid coach in the National Hockey League has a Stanley Cup ring and has been around the block a few times.
During the power play, it was MacArthur who scored the power play goal to win the game for the Senators 3-2 and end the series. "I don't think anyone is regretting or feeling sorry". Tuukka Rask had 26 stops. "So, yeah, I'm proud of the guys' effort from February 9 on", Bruins interim head coach Bruce Cassidy, who helped guide the Bruins back to the postseason with an 18-8-1 finish the regular season, said.
Sean Kuraly came up huge for the Boston Bruins tonight as he kept their season alive. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara led his team playing 36:46, while Karlsson led all players with 41:51 minutes of ice. "Ever since after the coaching change, we really came together as a group".
"We expected a hard fought, long, grinding, gruelling series and that's what we've got", said Ottawa's Dion Phaneuf. "It was a hard-fought series and just didn't go our way".
"Well, now we're making a lot of assumptions", said Cassidy.
Mark Stone scored his first playoff goal of his career in the first period, while Pageau notched his first goal of the series just 30 seconds into the second on similar plays. Most players seem to try to avoid players for fear of a block.
Despite that, the club only allowed five power-play goals overall, and negated one of those by managing to score a tally shorthanded. Pageau was able to break in alone and beat Rask through the legs.
Bergeron brought the hometown fans back to life and pulled the Bruins even 1:57 into the third, tucking in a loose puck after Brad Marchand's shot bounced off Anderson. It was Bergeron's first goal of the playoffs. They also failed to win a game in Boston. Ottawa D Mark Borowiecki (lower body, day-to-day). Tommy Wingels will slot into the lineup, but not necessarily in place of Stalberg.