Clarke MacArthur was standing in the Ottawa Senators dressing room with his hands on his hips and a huge smile on his face.
Dion Phaneuf scored at 1:59 of overtime and the Ottawa Senators rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Neither team scored in the third, but Bobby Ryan's power-play goal at the 5:43 mark in OT sealed it for the Sens. I knew if I stuck with it I'd get a chance eventually and the guys around me made good plays to get me the puck in tight.
A goalie gaffe and bad penalties left the Senators trailing 3-1 after 40 minutes.
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Karlsson, the Ottawa captain, was disappointed with the way his team played when the Bruins scored three times in the second period. When Chris Wideman's shot from the point slipped under his glove in the third period, Rask seemed to lose his composure.
The Bruins controlled the run of play for the majority of the third period. Craig Anderson made 17 saves. For my money he has been the Senators' most consistent and best, forward (with all due respect to Ryan, who has also stepped his game up, last night's lowlight aside).
"Well I think a lot of character shown by us", Backes said of the comeback.
The first two games have served notice to the Senators that if they thought the Bruins were going to back down because they're now without four of their blueliners - Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo, Colin Miller and Adam McQuaid, who left Saturday - then Ottawa players can certainly erase any of those thoughts from their minds.
It was the second straight overtime game of the series, and second consecutive win for the Senators following their 4-3 victory in Game 2. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised live on CNBC.
Forward Noel Acciari, who was injured the last weekend of the regular season, said he's ready to go and should return to the lineup for Game 3.
"Every game is a new game and it's a new story".
And Monday was the Patriots' Day holiday in MA and before the hockey game came the 121st Boston Marathon, with close to 30,000 participants pounding the pavement.
There was no way this game ever should have reached overtime, but the Senators failed to put the Bruins away.
The fans were already in fine form before the teams hit the ice, whooping it up when the maniacal laugh of Ozzy Osbourne erupted from the PA system, signalling the start of heavy metal anthem Crazy Train.
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The Senators regain home ice advantage in the series.
Ottawa outshot Boston 10-3 in the period.
Drew Stafford, Tim Schaller and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston.
But the Bruins battled back, and quickly.
Acciari got them on the board at 6:05, tipping a shot by John-Michael Liles past Anderson. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. The Bruins, meanwhile, managed just three shots in the first period and were in a deep search for answers as they headed back to the dressing room.