By MyFM's Jake Archer - At times on Saturday, the Boston Bruins looked like a very tough team to beat. In the end however, the Ottawa Senators did just that, storming back to win the game 4-3 in overtime. With the series now tied at one game apiece the teams will head to Boston for tonight’s tilt at TD Garden.
The first period was evenly matched as the Bruins outshot the Senators 10-9 but neither team could get on the scoreboard. In the second, things opened up when Drew Stafford netted one off the rebound to take the lead for Boston. The Senators challenged the goal, but after a long review, the play was upheld. Ottawa would answer back rather quickly as Clarke MacArthur would score his first goal since 2015. The crowd erupted for MacArthur, as he is a respected veteran who has had to deal with a lot of injuries and adversity over the past few years.
The good feelings wouldn’t persist for Ottawa however, as the Bruins would close out the period with goals by Tim Schaller and Patrice Bergeron to go up 3-1. They had outshot the Senators 13-9 in the second and would just need to hang on to close out a win and take a commanding 2-0 series lead.
In the third, the game turned again and the B’s lost what they had going. Chris Wideman and Derick Brassard would score within two and a half minutes of eachother to tie the game at three and send the teams to overtime. It was veteran Dion Phaneuf who blasted the puck by Tuukka Rask for the sudden death victory.
After all the good feelings in Boston following the Game 1 win, the feelings changed to just the opposite following the loss. Even though the Senators should be praised for capitalizing on their chances, it’s hard not to be frustrated with Rask and the Bruins for letting this one go.
Moving forward, it’s a clean slate. Neither team has played consistently and the one to figure it out will be victorious. In my opinion, it’s still hard to get down on the Bruins considering they will be on home ice and they should be getting David Krejci back tonight. There are injuries that are still troubling, but I’ve got the faith. Bruins in 6.