Boston Bruins Lines and Pairings Against Ottawa Senators Game 3
Skating in alone against Rask, Hoffman bested the Bruins netminder with a quick set of dangles to make it a 1-0 game. Each of Boston's two goals was the result of poor puck management by the Senators, who on both occasions tried and failed to clear the puck numerous times before Boston took advantage of some tired defenders. "They've got some big boys like (Zdeno) Chara that make it tough getting there so you've got to fight hard to get to the spots we need to be in".
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 Bruins can not afford to drop another game after blowing a 3-1 lead in game two.
After pulling out to the 3-0 lead early in the second, the Bruins came charging back to erase the deficit and Pastrnak tied it up on the power play with 6:09 left in the second on a shot that beat Anderson stick side.
Methot logged 18:12 ice time Saturday in his first game since March 23 and had a game-high seven hits. Cassidy said they'll see who can skate Monday morning and go from there.
The third period was a rollicking affair with great scoring chances at both ends, but the score remained deadlocked. "It was very calm for everybody between the second and third". Forced to play second line center with David Krejci out with an injury, he assisted on Patrice Bergeron's power play goal in the middle stanza but otherwise has done little in the series.
Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan beats Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask for the game-winning goal during overtime in Game 3. He was able to tip a shot by John-Michael Liles by Anderson to at least get the crowd back into the game. "Before the third period, we just said we've got to stay positive as much as we can". "I don't know what's going on over there but we're just focused on ourselves and we're not worrying about what they're doing or what they're changing or doing to their lineup". Though the Bruins are returning home with one win - the goal for any road team heading into the postseason, the momentum is definitely in the Senators favor.
Even Toronto Maple Leafs fans were happy for their former player, who has been kept from playing most of the last two seasons because of injury.
"Luckily he was there", Karlsson said with a smile.
In overtime, on a night where the whistles were essentially put away late, Ottawa got a gift power play as the officials somehow seemed fit to call Riley Nash with the retaliation after a play where Ryan could have easily been whistled as well with coincidental minors, or even Ryan going off solo.
Did he expect the end result? Unfortunately for the Sens, Craig Anderson had some kind of brain fart and allowed Dominic Moore to catch him and Erik Karlsson off guard, and Moore gave Tim Schaller a lay up pass and a practically open net to score into.