Tip-in by Ryan lifts Senators over Bruins 4-3 in overtime


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 Monday night and take a 2-1 edge in the first-round series.

No, the Senators weren't ideal by any stretch of the imagination in Game 2 when they erased a two-goal deficit to help set up defenceman Dion Phaneuf's game-winning goal, but they took steps in the right direction and the message from coach Guy Boucher on Sunday was that there are still areas the club needs to work on.

"That's the National Hockey League", said Boucher. The team that was the better team eventually got the game. The number eight seeded Leafs now have a two games to one lead over the Capitals, who finished with the league's best record this season but are pulling their old trick of falling apart in the playoffs.

When the game ended, Bruins fans, irate over the penalty call, littered the ice with debris.

Through the first 20 minutes of play, the Senators outshot the Bruins by a 10-3 margin. We have to step up and all be better.

"Well I think a lot of character shown by us", Backes said of the comeback. But sometimes, a game makes this verb choice the easiest, most obvious thing in the world.

"It's mostly the back end that is a little more congested back there", added Cassidy.

"They're going to come out hard in their building". The Bruins had only one shot in the last 16 minutes of the period and couldn't get any traction against Ottawa.

Mike Hoffman scored twice and Derick Brassard had a goal in regulation for the Senators.

With the 4-3 loss, Boston now trails in the series 2-1. "Once they called it, it's our job to kill". "I guess we tried to play too defensive and they made us pay". "We lost the first one, it was back at zero for the second one, the whole momentum stuff, I don't believe in that".

The Senators haven't done things the easy way this season, so why would they start now.

"Hey Sully, how'd you get that stick you have mounted up on the wall?".

"It's pretty tough for the boys". Then MacArthur looked at Ryan and said "Yeah, baby!" It's the first playoff game in Boston in three years, but something tells us the Senators will overcome a slow start and finish strong.

Phaneuf struck just under two minutes into overtime, getting as much as he could on a one-timer from the point to send this crowd into a tizzy yet again. We're trying to get a win. "We seem to thrive on the road". The series shifts to Boston for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Wednesday.

Of course, that may be because they have no other choice.

Kevin Fiala scored in overtime last night to give the Preds a 3-2 win and a chance to sweep away Chicago on their home ice in game four. Karlsson was not on the ice for Monday's morning skate. On Saturday, Mark Borowiecki went down with a lower-body injury.

"You hate to see a game like that happen in that way", said Nash. "We've got all our depth, and everybody else is healthy, so if we need to use it there'll be no need to wait, we'll do it for sure", Boucher said. He had been out with a lacerated pinky finger suffered when Penguins star Sidney Crosby slashed him during a game.

Dion Phaneuf waited a long time for this moment.

"But (Marc Methot) is one of those guys. They got the lead and we were playing catch-up after that".

The story was different in Game 2.