Phaneuf scores in OT as Senators tie series against Bruins

Phaneuf scores in OT as Senators tie series against Bruins”

Add it all up and it spells big trouble for the Bruins, who Monday night fell into a 2-1 playoff series deficit to Ottawa when the Senators, handed a power play on Riley Nash's retaliatory hit, rubbed out the Bruins, 4-3, on Bobby Ryan's goal with 5:43 gone in overtime.

Boston's injury-riddled roster and lack of depth were on display in the loss.

Here's the thing about the Sens' 6-1 record against Boston: the scores were 3-1, 4-2, 3-2, 2-1 (shootout), 2-1 (Bruins), 4-3 and 4-3.

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

Predators 5, Blackhawks 0: Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in his second straight shutout and picked up two assists, helping Nashville pound Chicago for a 2-0 series lead. Scoring the other Senators goals were Derick Brassard, Chris Wideman and Clarke MacArthur.

The Senators look to grab a stranglehold on their first round Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Boston Bruins after winning each of the last two games, and now have a chance to head home with an opportunity to win the series in Ottawa.

Anderson stopped all nine shots Boston sent his way in the third and Rask brushed aside seven to send the game to overtime. It's going to probably be the most intense game of the series so far.

Consecutive penalties against Turris and Dion Phaneuf led the way for Boston's third goal of the stanza at 13:51.

Acciari and center David Krejci both returned, but Boston struggled early to find much offensive traction.

David Backes made a decision to get in on the fun a minute later when he scored and sent the Garden crowd into a frenzy with them being down just by a goal.

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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, he has to make a stop or two to give the Senators a chance, especially at this time of year.

Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist, and William Nylander also scored for Toronto.

For the second straight game, the Bruins erupted for three goals in the second to bring an anxious crowd to life.

Now the Bruins have to play desperate hockey Wednesday night.

Still, the Blues had enough confidence in Allen's pedigree - he had won a gold and silver medal for Team Canada as a junior player - to trade fan-favorite Elliott to Calgary in the offseason.

It was the first game of the series that the Bruins had trailed after the opening 20 minutes.

On the whole, it's been an uncharacteristically quiet performance for Marchand, who scored 85 points in 80 regular season games. The unit stood tall again a short while later when the club was called for too many men.

With the Bruins pushing, Viktor Stalberg blocked a shot, but the rebound went right to Stafford, who hammered it past Anderson to open the scoring at 9:47.

"After playing all 82 games you miss at least the first two games of the playoffs was disappointing, frustrating, but you have to work hard to get back at it and we've been doing that", he said.

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