Senators survive another OT to advance in NHL playoffs

Ottawa Senators' Clarke Mac Arthur celebrates his goal with teammate Bobby Ryan as Boston Bruins' Riley Nash looks on during overtime in game six of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Sunday

It was the first time a first round didn't feature a Game 7 in any series since 2001.

“Its a different ballgame now, ” defenceman Marc Methot said Saturday. "He allows us to win every game". Boston is a good home team for the most part and Tukka Rask has had just a 2.07 GAA at home this season.

“But they also have nothing to lose. It's just a great opportunity.

There is a lot for the Bruins to be excited about going forward - and that includes having Cassidy in charge. The Senators, who hadn't won a postseason series for since 2013, will open the next round at home.

The key for the Senators is to forget what happened Friday. They missed Torey Krug (and badly) there, as the club could not find the go-ahead goal with a late-game power-play opportunity in the third period of a tied Game 6.

Game 4 star Tom Wilson won't be in the press box but he was stapled to the bench for the end of Game 5 because he took four minor penalties. "Or they might get up and kill you, you know what I mean?" "If it takes another one after that, it takes another one after that".

“Our players are giving everything theyve got. "That's why it's so tight". Another Karlsson-Brassard moment to go along with the memorable hate-love exchanges they had in Game 2: After MacArthur scored, Karlsson skated to Brassard and the two had a long hug ... This is where it gets tricky for the clubs confidence because suddenly some of the momentum has shifted in Bostons direction, especially with the emotional victory.

"They seem to push".

"We don't really have a fourth line", Ottawa head coach Guy Boucher said, per the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa. “Both teams are good teams and its a tough, hard-fought series. Are we happy about it? No.

"And the amusing thing is they could have won it". I thought they did very well. "It's disappointing, but we've got to move on the same way that we moved on from the other couple that we won in overtime". I think we played well enough to advance, but they made a few more plays than us. Ottawa coach Guy Boucher doesn't sound like he bought it.

Sure, Ottawa's not the most alluring pick to win it all, but the Senators are incredibly intriguing on emotion alone and the stories of this season have been plenty. They knew going into this game. For what it's worth, Stone had the Senators best plus-minus mark in the series at plus-4.

"It's still hockey", said Pastrnak, using one of the phrases he's had ready when asked about this being his first Stanley Cup playoff experience.

Karlsson suffered the foot injury on March 28 while blocking a shot in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Senators benefitted greatly from depth players in the first round.

Boston went 18-8-1 under Cassidy to close the regular season and snap a two-year playoff drought. "He comes here and he's as good a pro as I've ever seen in my National Hockey League career".

Winger Tommy Wingels, who has been a healthy scratch for four straight games in this series, will likely replace Stalberg if he cant play.

The Senators will take on the New York Rangers in the next round.

If the Bruins aren't in the playoff race at next season's deadline and the Senators are, maybe Pierre Dorion can add Zdeno Chara as a rental.

The Bruins played Game 6 without center David Krejci, who was hit on the knee on a leg check by Ottawa defenseman Chris Wideman in Game 5 on Friday night.

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