Senators beat Bruins 1-0, take 3-1 lead in series

  • Senators beat Bruins 1-0, take 3-1 lead in series

Senators beat Bruins 1-0, take 3-1 lead in series

Thanks to Bobby Ryan, who had the game's only goal five minutes into the third period, Ottawa swept its two road games and has a chance to eliminate the Bruins at home on Friday.

"He's our best player and arguably the best player in the world", Ryan said of Karlsson. "(Karlsson) sees plays that the rest of us just don't. Senators F Ryan Dzingel was asked about the rowdy fans and the atmosphere at TD Garden and said, with a laugh, "I grew up in Chicago so I never really liked you guys in the first place.".

Wednesday night's 1-0 victory gave the Sens a 7-1 record against Boston this season. Karlsson picked up his 20th career playoff assist, tying Martin Havlat for the sixth-most in franchise history. Later, Ryan Dzingel hit the post behind Rask, but after taking the lead, the Senators did a good job of making sure they sent this one home unscathed. The Bruins now trail in the best-of-seven series 3-1.

NOTES: Boston D Colin Miller returned after missing the first three games of the series with a lower-body injury, while D Tommy Cross, who made his playoff debut in Game 3, was scratched. You go back however long they went, you can't argue with it. "They're playing well and their goalie played a good game tonight", Bruins left-winger Brad Marchand said.

"We've been in situations like this before; we have to worry about the next game".

Charlie McAvoy arrived in Boston ahead of the Bruins' opening-round series against the Senators with much fanfare.

"The mindset is still chins up and keep fighting", Bruins alternate captain and centre Patrice Bergeron said. Actually, I'll save you the half hour of guesses and just tell you: It's Riley Nash; 30.69 percent of Karlsson's Game 1 ice time, 32.81 percent in Game 2, 34.91 percent in Game 3 and 21.84 in Game 4.

In Game 2 in Ottawa, his wizardry led to a setup for Derick Brassard for the tying goal in the third period.

Ryan scored his third goal of the series and his fourth in five games dating back to a regular season that finally saw him snap a 13-game goal-scoring drought.

Perhaps the toughest to swallow was when Anderson came clamoring out of the net, diving toward Marchand as he broke in alone and diverting the puck with his arms rather than his stick. The veteran goalie sprawled forward to smother the puck, a move he credits to legendary goalie Johnny Bower.

To say Anderson was testy in the morning would be a huge understatement. That was the story, the first time he ever came out sliding at a guy. And I was nervous. "You know, I'm just glad it worked out". He is normally cooperative, but did take criticism for giving up three goals in the second period of the club's 4-3 OT victory in Game 3.

"We can't ask for much more from him", Bruins interim coach Bruce Cassidy said of McAvoy, who was playing in just his fourth National Hockey League game.

The Bruins thought they had taken a 1-0 lead 10:49 into the second period when Riley Nash got the puck back to McAvoy.

"A little bit of luck", Anderson said of the Sens' scoreless second. "It's not always going to be like that". Ottawa F Tom Pyatt left after a hit from Kevan Miller early in the first. In an "even against a power play as mediocre as the Senators', if you take one of those guys off the ice and then play down a man, you're going to give up a goal" kind of way. Bruins C Patrice Bergeron, a three-time Selke Trophy victor, was named a finalist for the award for the sixth time Wednesday.