Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

Phaneuf scores in OT as Senators tie series against Bruins

Phaneuf scores in OT as Senators tie series against Bruins

Now, despite the fact they've won the last two games and have regained home ice advantage in the series, Boucher and his captain both said the Senators need to improve their game to finish off the Bruins.

The Ottawa Senators needed a late rally in Game 2 to tie their NHL Eastern Conference playoff series with the Boston Bruins.

The Senators extended the game with a third-period rally that saw them score twice in a 2:20 span.

Marchand isn't alone. Patrice Bergeron, who scored a goal and assist in the first two games of the series, was also quiet in Game 3. Backes, in alone, pulled Boston to within a goal by beating Anderson at 6:47 to cut Ottawa's lead to 3-2.

"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.

Ryan Johansen had a goal and two assists as Nashville added a dominant performance to its taut 1-0 victory in Game 1 on Thursday night.

Craig Anderson made 17 saves in the Ottawa goal, and Rask had 28 saves for Boston.

"When he raised his arms I think the whole city did at the same time", Senators coach Guy Boucher said.

Miller exited Game 1 of the best-of-seven, first-round series after knocking knees with Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki.

An exciting second period on Marathon Monday was the difference-maker in this game as the Bruins came back after being down three goals to bring the game into overtime.

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Everything in the first period was more or less a "Feeling out" period for both teams, both sides mostly just taking low quality shots on each other, with Rask seeing some of the more interesting chances and steering them away. Hoffman lit the lamp for the second time to open up the game 3-0.

The Bruins are more banged up than we realized.

But, on home ice, the Bruins didn't give up, and the Senators couldn't tighten up.

Boston interim coach Bruce Cassidy said the penalty took the energy out of his team's surge to tie the game in regulation.

"I think it was pretty selfish of me", he said.

A poor start was made even worse just 25 seconds later, as a breakdown in front of Rask led to Ottawa's second goal of the night. That was the end of Matsui's reign; he went 2-for-12 the rest of the series as the Red Sox went on to complete the greatest comeback in baseball history.

First, Acciari, who returned from injury, got Boston on the board on a tip-in off a miss by John- Michael Liles.

Then, 42 seconds later, Ryan couldn't handle the puck in the own zone.

Then, the Bruins finally cashed in on Pastrnak's goal with Dion Phaeneuf in the penalty box for slashing. Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo, David Krejci and Noel Acciari were all missing from the lineup. The Bruins had only one shot in the last 16 minutes of the period and couldn't get any traction against Ottawa. Karlsson was not on the ice for Monday's morning skate. Hoffman controlled the puck and easily tapped it by Rask into the right corner of the net. He was unready for the first goal, even though it was tipped on the was, it was deflected into him rather than away from him and he simply didn't seem aware that a shot was inbound at all. In less than 8 minutes, the Ottawa lead was gone and it was a brand new game once again.

"Every time you win you kind of change the momentum", Plekanec said. "Win your little battles and it goes a long way in the war". The Blackhawks are 0 for 4 on the power play for the series.

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