Senators Beat Bruins 2-1 in Shootout to Pull Ahead in Chase

Ross Houston
April 10, 2017

The Boston Bruins nearly had to play the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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Stafford came up empty in the first round of the shootout, and Kyle Turris gave the Senators the lead with a bullet through the five-hole. "So if it happens that we play them (in the playoffs), I feel confident in this team that we can get the job done". Rask stopped all eight shots he faced in the third period.

That's precisely why the Bruins want to avoid them in the playoffs.

The biggest challenge for the Bruins will be fighting through the 1-3-1 trap employed by Senators coach Guy Boucher, who relies on discipline to the system and Erik Karlsson as a puck retrieval machine at the end of his neutral zone sleeper hold.

With the Toronto Maple Leafs' loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier, playoff seeding is now determined. F Brad Marchand missed the second game of his two-game suspension for spearing Tampa Bay defenseman Jake Dotchin in the groin.

"It was a good response from us", Williams said. "We're playing it like we're up a goal", forward Mark Stone said. This is the time of year where players need to be able to handle the ups and downs of a playoff series and especially the momentum switches that take place from game-to-game.

Dorion can now breathe a sigh of relief after Ottawa clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 shootout win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

Toronto gains at least three points in their final two games, while Boston loses their final game in regulation.

"I think this team's been through obviously some up and downs throughout the whole season and that we showed that we created some identity and built some resiliency". Connor McDavid reached 100 points in the Oilers' regular-season finale, the 28th 100-point season by a player since 2005-06.

The Senators finish their regular season this weekend with a home game against the New York Rangers Saturday and a road game against the New York Islanders Sunday.

Torey Krug suffered a lower-body injury against the Senators on Thursday and was seen walking with the aid of crutches Saturday at TD Garden. There is a good chance they're completely unrelated, but it's a pretty inopportune time for a bug like this to hit both teams, no matter what the degree.

NOTES: C Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, signed recently by the Bruins, made his National Hockey League debut because Brad Marchand is suspended and Noel Acciari is injured. Carlo went down after a questionable hit from behind by Capitals star sniper, Alexander Ovechkin and didn't return to the game.

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