Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Ryan's OT goal lifts Senators to 4-3 win

David Pastrnak scored a power-play goal in Boston's 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa in Game 3 on Monday. Ryan scored his second goal of the series as the Senators captured their second straight OT victory.

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

The more intense the Ottawa Senators-Boston Bruins series becomes, the more fun it is for Kyle Turris.

Brassard has a team high 2 goals (tied with Ryan) and added 2 assists for 4 points (tied with Ryan and Karlsson for the team lead), and he has also won 61% of his faceoffs, including 75% last night going head to head 24 times with Boston's ace pivot, Patrice Bergeron. Every guy you miss, you miss his attributes but with every new guy coming in, you get his own attributes.

"Overall I thought it was a much better consistent effort tonight than it was in Game 1", Predators coach Peter Laviolette said.

"Playoffs aren't about momentum, they're about urgency and they're about desperation". They've also dropped each of their last five home playoff games.

It's obviously easier said than done when it comes to a dominant player who finished with 17 goals and 71 points for the Sens this season. "For us, it's not about what's happened in the past, it's about the present". In the fifth inning of Game 5, he buzzed Matsui with a 92 mile-an-hour fastball under his chin.

Ottawa seemed to be cruising in the second period following Hoffman's second goal of the night off a power play to make it 3-0.

Boston Bruins centre Dominic Moore (28) tries to screen Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) as Ottawa Senators centre Derick Brassard (19) defends during first period of game two NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff action in Ottawa, Saturday, April 15, 2017.

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

Unless there are some unforeseen circumstances, interim coach Bruce Cassidy is planning on playing Colin Miller with John-Michael Liles and Tommy Cross will come out of the lineup.

The assist was the second of the game for Karlsson.

The Senators, after coughing up a three-goal lead in the second period, put all those bad memories behind them. After going 13 regular-season games without a goal, Ryan has scored twice in Ottawa's three playoff games.

Despite outshooting the Bruins 18-10 through 40 minutes, the two teams were tied 3-3 going into the third and though it wasn't all Anderson's fault but he has to make a stop or two to give the Senators a chance especially at this time of year. After he beat Anderson with a quick shot, the Senators challenged that the play was offside, but the goal counted after a long review. Possessing the puck from behind the Senators' net, Karlsson spotted Hoffman slipping behind Boston's blue liners and fired home a Hail-Mary pass that hit his forward in stride.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven first round set will take place Wednesday night back at the Garden (7:30 p.m., NESN, USA).

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