Phaneuf scores in OT as Senators tie series against Bruins

The original Ottawa Senators defeated the Bruins for the 1927 Stanley Cup in a four-game sweep. "There's probably a lot more words, but they called it", coach Bruce Cassidy said of the overtime penalty to Nash.

Bobby Ryan scored on a tip-in on a power play 5:43 into overtime, and the Ottawa recovered after giving up a three-goal lead to beat Boston 4-3 on Monday night and take a 2-1 edge in the first-round series.

"The second period we didn't really come out the way that we wanted and we needed a response and I think that we definitely gave them that in the third", Karlsson said.

The Senators started the overtime with the man advantage as the Bruins took a delay of game penalty with 12.5 seconds remaining in regulation. In this case, the officials penalized the retaliation. Dion Phaneuf leads Ottawa with one goal, Erik Karlsson has two assists and Bobby Ryan has eight shots on goal. Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for Boston.

"We've got to take this, digest it, and then move on because it's in the books and all we can affect now is Wednesday's game and come out flying in that one and take control of the game for a full 60 minutes", said David Backes, who tallied the Bruins' second goal. "I tried to get as much on it and luckily it found a way through".

The Senators have wrested back home-ice advantage, and the forgotten first-round matchup in the East has proven to be one of the closest, the most exciting, and now, the most controversial and bad-blooded series.

All three games so far have been decided in overtime.

The call was particularly galling because the Senators believed they had been on the wrong ends of previous calls in the game, with Marc Methot punching guys right and left and either getting no penalty or matching penalties. 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).

The Bruins now trail the series 2-1 with game 4 set for Wednesday night in Boston.

Noel Acciari, Backes and David Pastrnak answered for the Bruins in their second straight three-goal second period.

Overall, Rask has faced just nine shots from the high-danger area at even strength, stopping all of them, while allowing two goals on 10 shots from the medium-danger area.

Mike Hoffman and Derick Brassard both scored for Ottawa, while goaltender Craig Anderson made 17 saves in net.

After giving up two third-period goals in a 2-1 loss Wednesday in Game 1, the Senators got third-period goals from Chris Wideman and Derick Brassard and an overtime victor from Dion Phaneuf Saturday.

Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist, and William Nylander also scored for Toronto. It got the crowd right back into this one, towels-a-waving, chanting "Let's Go Sens!"

On an off-day following the team's 2-1 loss in Game 1, MacArthur explained Ottawa's lack of offence like they were "banging the ketchup bottle here, waiting for it too ooze out".

Things then changed quickly, with Liles' flip from the left point deflecting in off Acciari, who was returning from injury for his playoff debut.

"Keep growing", Boucher said when asked what he told the players Sunday.

McQuaid joined Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo and Colin Miller in picking up an injury, leaving the Boston defense reduced to five.

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