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

Paola Ditto
Aprile 21, 2017

Noel Acciari, David Backes and David Pastrnak scored for the Bruins while Tuukka Rask had 28 stops.

After the break, defenceman Chris Wideman scored a quick goal and Karlsson set up Brassard in another rapid-fire scoring sequence to tie the game and send Twitter into a tizzy. Unfortunately, his flick of the wrists resulted in the puck landing in the Canadian Tire Centre stands, resulting in a 2-minute penalty. "They did a great job". Taking the puck to the right of Boston's net, Bobby Ryan fed the puck over to Brassard in the low slot, who was able to corral the offering and rip a shot past Rask to give the Senators a two-goal cushion. Pure and simple. A miserable, passive, prevent-defense-ass third period put Boston into the hole they dug for themselves and why they lost the game.

The Bruins finally broke through at 6:05 in the second, as Acciari tipped a shot from John-Michael Liles for his first career playoff goal to cut into Ottawa's lead.

Toronto trailed 2-0 in the first period, and then 3-1 early in the second before Kadri and Nylander scored 4:07 apart late to tie the score in the final minute of the period.

Krejci (upper body) participated in the Bruins' morning skate in advance of Monday's game against the Senators, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports.

"We'll have to find a way, regroup tomorrow and get ready to play in front of our fans and we're looking forward to that", he said.

The fun got started for the B's in the second, but not before the crowd was silenced almost four minutes into the period.

"Brad's a guy that his second, third, and fourth effort on the puck is well-known".

Not long after Hoffman gave the Senators what should have been a comfortable lead with 16:18 left in the second on the power play, the Bruins cued the comeback with two goals in a span of 37 seconds.

Down 3-1 to the Boston Bruins heading into the third period of Game 2, things looked bleak for the Ottawa Senators, who were suddenly lacking in confidence.

The Bruins made up for their sloppy start and came out more aggressive on the offensive end in the second period, scoring three goals on just seven shots - including the two in 42 seconds - to get back into the game.

"Obviously, it's the playoffs and you want to get out there and play as soon as you can", he said.

"It seems like right now we're playing a little bit tight", forward Marian Hossa said. "You know everyone wanted me to get one too is what it felt like". The Bruins had just 10 shots through two periods. The Bruins won in overtime, advancing to the second round of the post-season, while the Maple Leafs were in shock.

"Luckily he was there", Karlsson said with a smile.

Thanks to their ability to play solid defense, score timely goals and get saves in key situations, NY is heading back home with a 1-1 split. Hoffman was one of the two players I singled out as needing to step up, and he did so as well.

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