NHL PLAYOFFS: Senators outlast Bruins to take series lead

Clarke Mac Arthur was playing for Toronto in 2013 against the Bruins when the Maple Leafs' seemingly commanding 4-1 third-period lead in Game 7 evaporated. Toronto lost in overtime and he was worried Ottawa might suffer a similar fate in Game 3 on Mo

The Bruins can't afford to fall behind 3-1 in this series heading back to Ottawa.

The Senators almost drew first blood with 14:40 remaining in the first, as a trailing Ryan Dzingel gathered the puck and fired home a point-blank shot against Rask. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Krejci will take warm-ups before a final decision is made.

Game 4 Wednesday night would be a great time for this start. We can probably assume they were not words of wisdom or inspiration. "Once they called it, it's our job to kill".

Asked what his team needs to do in Game 4, Boston winger Brad Marchand, a 39-goal scorer in the regular season who scored the Game 1 victor before being blanked in the next two, said, "Definitely a better start".

Craig Anderson made 17 saves in the Ottawa goal while Rask had 28 saves for Boston.

Noel Acciari, David Backes and David Pastrnak answered for the Bruins in their second straight three-goal second period.

Ottawa Senators defenceman Dion Phaneuf (2) is congratulated by teammate Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (61) on his goal during overtime of game two NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff action against the Boston Bruins, in Ottawa, Saturday, April 15, 2017.

"That's the NHL. In (a) matter of a few minutes, the tide changes", Boucher said.

"Everyone is pretty even keel, we can't get too high after one win like that in a series", Methot said Sunday after practice at TD Garden, which will host Game 3 on Monday and Game 4 on Wednesday.

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

David Backes chose 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.

More trouble was to follow Boston into the second period, in which Hoffman potted his second, on the power play, his shot from the blue line sailing into the upper half of the net through heavy traffic to bring the score to 3-0.

"In that second period, we gave the (Bruins) stuff that we don't normally give and it wasn't a lack of effort, it was a tremendous effort, it just wasn't necessarily a smart effort in the second so we want to make sure that we have a better mix". Acciari and Tommy Cross both played in their first National Hockey League playoff games, bringing the total to 11 Bruins that have made their postseason debuts in the series. Backes stole the puck from Ryan and netted another goal 42 seconds later to make it 3-2.

Overall, the Bruins need to allow goalie Tuukka Rask to see the puck better moving forward.

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.

NOTES: After playing Game 1, C Tommy Wingels was out for Game 2 along with veterans C Chris Kelly and RW Chris Neil as well as D Fredrik Claesson.

The assist was the second of the game for Karlsson.

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