National Hockey League playoffs: Predators blank Blackhawks again

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The Bruins let a two-goal lead slip in the third period before falling 4-3 in overtime to the Ottawa Senators in Game 2, leaving their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final tied at a game apiece.

Ryan got free in the zone, tapping it in on assists by Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson. Ottawa added another goal early in the second before Boston produced a dramatic comeback. Craig Anderson finished with 17 saves.

Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in his second straight shutout and picked up two assists, helping the Nashville Predators pound the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 on Saturday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Hoffman took it from there unleashing a Peter Forsberg-esque one-handed finish around Tuukka Rask just 7:15 into the first period to open the scoring.

Twenty-three minutes into Monday's game, the Bruins trailed 3-0 before coming to life with back-to-back goals less than a minute apart. "The resilience we showed through the last portion of the year came out again", Senators coach Guy Boucher said following Saturday's 4-3 victory.

More trouble was to follow Boston into the second period, in which Hoffman potted his second, on the power play, his shot from the blue line sailing into the upper half of the net through heavy traffic to bring the score to 3-0.

Something then clicked with the Bruins as Noel Acciari, David Backes and David Pastrnak all found the back of the next within the span of eight magical minutes in the second. You can't just say a team "won" every time, or that they "beat" their opponents, because overuse gets boring, and you want to convey something of the substance of the game. The Bruins had only one shot in the last 16 minutes of the period and couldn't get any traction against Ottawa. It's the first playoff game in Boston in three years, but something tells us the Senators will overcome a slow start and finish strong.

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Now the Bruins have to play desperate hockey Wednesday night. The Senators have had 10 power plays over the first round's three games. Upon taking a pass from Bobby Ryan, he fired a shot over Rask's glove hand.

Then, just 42 seconds later, a terrible gaffe by Ottawa's Ryan all but gift-wrapped Boston's second goal.

The Maple Leafs were hosting their first playoff game in nearly four years and coming off an exciting double-overtime win in Game 2.

And speaking of looming upsets, the Nashville Predators now have a three games to none lead over a team that was supposed to handle them fairly easily in round one, the Chicago Blackhawks.

After the break, defenceman Chris Wideman scored a quick goal and Karlsson set up Brassard in another rapid-fire scoring sequence to tie the game and send Twitter into a tizzy. The rugged winger thought he had the much smaller Senator lined up perfectly, but Karlsson simply spun away, did a 180-degree turn and fired the puck down low to Viktor Stalberg, setting up Ottawa's second goal.

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