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

Senators beat Bruins 1-0, take 3-1 lead in series

Senators beat Bruins 1-0, take 3-1 lead in series

While watching Game 3 it became apparent: The Bruins can not afford for Zdeno Chara or Kevan Miller to take a penalty. Ottawa has a chance to book a ticket to Round 2 on Friday at the Canadian Tire Centre.

In Game 2 in Ottawa, his wizardry led to a setup for Derick Brassard for the tying goal in the third period.

The Ottawa Senators have the Boston Bruins down and only one loss away from being out.

Marchand also got hoodwinked when he had a breakaway late in the first period. Pyatt went to the dressing room and is out with an upper-body injury. All the games have been decided by two goals or less, and three of them have gone to overtime.

"This was the first game where didn't really have it from the start and we didn't really have it but, as I said, we felt like on the bench we were there, we were mentally strong and we knew what we to do". We knew it would be hard (to score).

On to Washington we go.

"It's nice and slow and strategic moves", Anderson said. He gave short, mostly one-word answers in a scrum with the media that lasted 31 seconds. The Bruins appeared to have scored the first goal of the game, but it was ruled that Boston's Noel Acciari was offside, and the goal was disallowed.

There were no complaints about his play on this night. Both goalies stood up to the challenge as the Senators outshot the Bruins 19-17. That's easier said than done when considering that there isn't a single player in this series who can match Karlsson's talent.

If you ask his teammates, the 26-year-old defenseman - who has led the Senators to a 3-1 series lead and pushed the Bruins to the brink of elimination - is worthy of some even loftier titles. Oshie had a pair of goals, and a blown goaltender interference call nearly came back to haunt the Capitals.

No doubt, the right call was made, but it showed once again that the overall process of the offside challenge is awful.

The Bruins have had nearly no answer for Karlsson in this series - his speed and creativity with the puck have created many quality scoring chances.

Perhaps the toughest to swallow was when Anderson came clamoring out of the net, diving toward Marchand as he broke in alone and diverting the puck with his arms rather than his stick.

This was a sign early that Anderson was ready to play. He made a great glove stop on Karlsson midway through the first when he was in alone.

For 12 minutes and 58 seconds of that period they put nary a shot on Craig Anderson.

Karlsson noted before the game that the Senators were aware of the difficulty of trying to take a 3-1 lead home.

"They're a good team; you have to give them credit", Marchand said.

"At this time of the year, momentum is going to shift and it's going to shift quick". "Their guy was one goal better than us".

Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. An earlier version had Mark Borowiecki misspelled. The last time they trailed by two games and came back to win a series was the 2011 Stanley Cup Final against the Vancouver Canucks.

"Obviously, you have to focus on the guy who's got the puck, first of all", said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

Given the way rookie defenceman Ben Harpur performed in Game 3 Monday night, Boucher didn't want to make any changes.

Without Borowiecki in the lineup, the Senators are missing a physical presence from its third pairing. If the Bruins are to advance to the next round, Marchand will need to return to the player he was before his selfish spearing penalty gave the feisty left winger a two-game break leading into the playoffs.

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