Tip-in by Ryan lifts Senators over Bruins 4-3 in overtime

The #Sens speak to media following today's 4-3 OT win over the Boston Bruins.

The Senators did not score in the first period in either of the first two games of the series.

B's right winger David Pastrnak would tie the game 3-3 at 13:51 of the period, sending the Garden crowd into a frenzy. The Bruins, down 2-1 after three games, know they have to make Karlsson work a whole lot harder for everything he's getting.

Riley Nash was in the penalty box for taking a swing at Ryan when Erik Karlsson hit a flying Turris with a pass into the zone that was close to being offside.

The Boston Bruins have only seen defenseman Colin Miller skate out in part of one postseason game this year, as he left their first tilt against the Ottawa Senators with an injury and hasn't returned since.

No, the Senators weren't flawless by any stretch of the imagination in Game 2 when they erased a two-goal deficit to help set up defenceman Dion Phaneuf's game-winning goal, but they took steps in the right direction and the message from coach Guy Boucher on Sunday was that there are still areas the club needs to work on.

The series is tied 1-1 and Game 3 is Monday night in Boston. Hopefully, rock-bottom for Marchand was in Game 3, in which he generated only one shot on goal.

That is perhaps the most frustrating takeaway from the first two games - that a few collective minutes of mindless play could be the difference between going to Boston tied 1-1 and being up 2-0.

Noel Acciari and David Backes also scored for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots. Hoffman lit the lamp for the second time to open up the game 3-0. "We had many opportunities to end it in the third". But then Boston finally got going on the offensive end.

It almost nullified what was a dominating start by the Senators, who kept the action on their side of the red line for most of the first period.

The Bruins were still missing defencemen Brandon Carlo, Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid from practice Tuesday.

CHICAGO - Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in his second consecutive shutout and picked up two assists, helping the Nashville Predators pound the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Sure, it was a blast by Phaneuf for his first career OT winning goal that kept the club from falling into a 2-0 hole in the series, but Alex Burrows did a tremendous job screening Rask in front. Hoffman controlled the puck and easily tapped it by Rask into the right corner of the net.

Neither team had scored a goal in the opening period in either of the first two games, but the Senators quickly halted that anomaly. 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.

After a long, physical 20 minutes, both teams went down the tunnel and prepared themselves for overtime. "He's pretty much had his fingers in all of their important goals, whether it's been on the power play or during even strength".

His return means Tommy Cross will likely be scratched after making his playoff debut in Game 3.

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