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Senators beat Bruins 3-2 in OT, advance in playoffs

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Erik Karlsson

Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal with 6:30 gone in the first overtime and the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Sunday to win their first-round playoff series in six games.

If there was any doubt Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson was the NHL's best defensemen before his team's first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Boston Bruins, there certainly wasn't any after it.

Despite squandering a 2-0 lead, one of the bright spots in Game 5 for Ottawa was a much-anticipated goal from Stone, who notched his first career playoff tally and halted a 19-game drought overall dating to February 19.

Drew Stafford and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston. Marchand, who has scored 76 goals in the last two seasons, scored just one in the series and has one in his last 26 playoff games.

Around dinner time Sunday, MacArthur hit a wall all right - by throwing himself into the glass along the left wing boards at TD Garden in celebration of scoring the OT goal that put the Senators in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

The Senators will face the New York Rangers, who defeated the Montreal Canadiens in six games.

"Well, now we're making a lot of assumptions", he said Sunday.

The Bruins needed a huge double overtime victory in game five to extend the series for at least another game as the landscape shifts back to Bean Town on Sunday in another do or die situation as the Sens have their second straight potential clinching game.

"For us, it's been the same approach, the games that we've won, you saw our players weren't on a high and we lose the game and we're not on the low". It was his first goal of the playoffs. "It's just awesome that we were able to". All six games were decided by a single goal, and four of them required overtime. It definitely stings right now to be standing here and talking about it but like I said, ups and downs. 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 ...

"We got that goal to tie it, we had them on their heels and just couldn't get another one", Cassidy said. "They're a resilient group and the injuries they had, they gave us pretty much everything they had".

They weren't. And now the Senators play the Rangers in the next series. After an erratic first four months under Julien, in which the B's squandered so many easily attainable points that a playoff berth was very much in doubt, Cassidy stepped in February 7 and clearly brought significant change.

They won the possession battle against a team that finished second in the league during the regular season with a 54.7% 5v5 Corsi For rating, and had better goaltending by the smallest of margins. "Both teams are good teams and it's a tough, hard-fought series". Connor McDavid iced the game with an empty-net goal. "We're going to continue to grow, continue to get better and see how far we can take it".

Even with the loss of players like Krug, Carlo and McQuaid, the Bruins received a major boost from the arrival of McAvoy, as the top prospect entrenched himself on the team's top defensive pairing with Zdeno Chara and never looked back. Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has been playing very well, which is a good sign.

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