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


The game remained scoreless until 5:49 into the third, when Erik Karlsson's shot deflected off Rask to his stick side.

"I thought we did a pretty good job down there", Brad Marchand said of the team's play in front of Ottawa's net. "(Karlsson) sees plays that the rest of us just don't. "Just the ideal pass". "We stuck with it. Andy got us through to the third period and we found a way to score a goal". Craig Anderson was excellent when he needed to be in the first period, and solid throughout while making 22 saves in the shutout victory over the Black and Gold.

The Bruins were losing the puck battles and now are on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs, down 3-1 in the series. But a shot at redemption has come during the playoffs, and the Boston Bruins have been victimized by Ryan's resurgence. Then the Ottawa magic man Karlsson once again did his thing and made a play that won the playoff game for the Senators. "They've played three good games and they've been tight games".

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

Game 5 is Friday night in Ottawa.

"The mindset is still chins up and keep fighting", Bruins alternate captain and centre Patrice Bergeron said. "I don't know if you can say enough about it. All-world play". Ottawa's Tom Pyatt left the game in the first period after suffering a hit to the head on a check from Kevan Miller. It's the third time this series that neither team scored in the opening frame.

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During the game, a beach ball made it onto the ice and one of the referees attempted to stuff it up his shirt. The veteran goalie sprawled forward to smother the puck, a move he credits to legendary goalie Johnny Bower.

Asked about the second save, Anderson said, "Johnny Bower". He was nervous, I was nervous. Plain and simple. There are some guys that are just missing the net too often and it doesn't allow you to get the second chances and stay inside. But a challenge of an offside committed nearly 20 seconds earlier showed Boston's Noel Acciari was offside and the goal was erased. The defenseman, playing in his fourth National Hockey League game, beat Anderson from the right point with the help of a deflection off an Ottawa player.

There was no shortage of scoring chances at both ends of the ice in the first and the Senators held the edge on the shot clock 14-12. Braden Holtby made 30 saves. "It's not always going to be like that".

The Sens pushed back in the latter half of the first period, but still gave up good scoring chances.

After getting centre David Krejci back from an upper-body injury in Game 3, the Bruins were bolstered by the return of defenceman Colin Miller. The overtime wins in Games 2 and 3 marked the first time in franchise history Ottawa has won back-to-back games in OT.

The waiting game continues for Mark Borowiecki and the Senators. But Guy Boucher challenged that Acciari had gone offside on the chip-in and, though the goal came almost 20 seconds after that, video review proved the Ottawa coach was correct. Bruins C Patrice Bergeron, a three-time Selke Trophy victor, was named a finalist for the award for the sixth time Wednesday.