Can the Bruins top the Senators in Game 4? NHL Predictions 4/19/17

Ross Houston
April 22, 2017

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.

There is no question the Senators got off to the kind of start by outshooting the Bruins 10-3 and takig a 2-0 lead in the first. "I knew if I stuck with it, I'd get a chance eventually". Instead, the Bruins have had a hard time because more than half of their defense has been crippled by the injury bug.

Backes scooped up the loose puck and broke in all alone on Anderson to score and cut the Ottawa lead to 3-2.

With the 4-3 loss, Boston now trails in the series 2-1. Game 4 is Tuesday night in San Jose. "When he raised his arms I think the whole city did at the same time", Boucher said.

Continuing this practice on enemy ice Friday night in Game 5 would have the same on-ice effect while also turning the Senators fans' focus from cheering to lustily booing the B's. Boston seized home-ice advantage from Ottawa by scoring a pair of third-period goals in a 2-1 win in Game 1, but now must regroup after squandering a glittering chance to take command of the series.

This is the second straight game in which the Bruins have given the Senators a power play in the overtime period and for the second straight game it has cost them.

"We showed good character coming back, but we're not gonna win many games getting down 3-0", Bruins left-winger Brad Marchand said. He buried the game-winning goal near the end of the third period in Game 1 and appeared to be redeeming himself to his team after a two-game suspension ended his regular season prematurely.

In terms of injuries, Boucher said defenseman Mark Borowiecki, who missed Game 3 with a lower-body ailment, was still day-to-day and could be available Wednesday.

Neither team had scored a goal in the opening period in either of the first two games, but the Senators quickly halted that anomaly.

Ottawa defenceman Chris Wideman, playing in his first playoff series, called Saturday's win "definitely emotional" and "the most exciting game" he'd been a part of.

Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell scored first-period goals and John Gibson made 35 saves in the Ducks' 29th consecutive victory over the Flames at Honda Center since April 25, 2006, extending the longest such streak in National Hockey League history. "I've played a long time and this is my first overtime victor and it feels great".

"It feels incredible and we took home-ice back and that's what's important", Ryan said.

And the Rangers were 18 seconds away from joining them until Tomas Plekanec tied Game 2 late in the third period before Alexander Radulov won it for the Canadiens to tie that series at a game apiece going into Game 3 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.

Cassidy ventured into slightly harsher territory when addressing the play of David Krejci, who made his series debut in Game 3 and was a minus-1 with one shot on goal.

Ottawa had Marc Methot back in the lineup for the first time since suffering a laceration to his pinky finger March 23.

With the Bruins pushing, Viktor Stalberg blocked a shot, but the rebound went right to Stafford, who hammered it past Anderson to open the scoring at 9:47.

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