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

The Senators came into the playoffs wondering about Erik Karlsson's foot injury and Marc Methot's finger, which was nearly severed at the tip by a Sidney Crosby slash.

Ryan scored the victor on a power play 5:43 into overtime as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference quarter-final series. Ryan scored his second goal of the series as the Senators captured their second straight OT victory.

Though the Senators pushed the pace and dominated a lot of play, goaltender Craig Anderson struggled in the second period and allowed the Bruins to tie it up on goals by David Pastrnak, David Backes and Noel Acciari. Two goals by Mike Hoffman and Derick Brassard's second of the playoffs on Tuukka Rask had given the Senators a 3-0 lead.

The Senators managed to get the crowd back into the game as MacArthur tied it on the power play with his first goal since April 19, 2015.

"It's one of those terrific games of the playoffs that people remember", said Sens coach Guy Boucher, whose team followed a Game 1 loss with two straight overtime wins.

"The one-hander I didn't". While they didn't produce with the chance, they did gain momentum.

"It's been a pretty physical series all three games, so we've had some good runs at them".

"The whole city's kind of been having to listen to me the last couple of years trying to make comebacks and what-not and to get that ovation was just, wow, probably be the best moment I have in hockey". "Who knows what would've happened if we had killed it off?" Other than that, the Senators have had the Bruins number and numerous games weren't close.

The captain was absolutely right in his assessment of his team's play through the first two games, as they played well enough to win both but almost came away empty handed as many times. The Senators defeated the Bruins 4-3.

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.

Not long after Hoffman gave the Senators what should have been a comfortable lead with a power-play goal 3:42 into the second period, the Bruins responded with two goals in a span of 42 seconds.

It was Acciari who got the Bruins on the board at 6:05. The series shifts to Boston for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Wednesday.

Still, creating an early lead on the road is important for the Senators, and they were able to accomplish that with a 2-0 lead after the first period.

The third period was still solid for the Bruins with back and forth action, winning faceoffs, shots on net and the Bruins' typical dump, chip and chase mentality.

Predators 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT): Kevin Fiala scored on a backhander 16:44 into overtime, and Nashville rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to push visiting Chicago to the brink of elimination in Game 3 of the first-round series. A flawless saucer pass by captain Erik Karlsson from his own end sent Hoffman in alone and he did a ideal backhand reach across to beat Rask on the glove side at 7:15 to open the scoring for the Senators.

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

The Senators will face the Bruins in Game 4 on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and the start time for Game 5 on Friday at the Canadian Tire Centre has been set for 7:30 p.m.

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