April 17, 2017
Greg Boysen

For the second straight game in this series, the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators needed more than 60 minutes to determine a winner.  This time it was the Bruins who made a big comeback as they erased a 3-0 second period deficit, but they gave up a heartbreaking overtime goal.

The first period got off to a disastrous start when Mike Hoffman scored at the 7:15 mark as he finished off a breakaway with a nifty backhand shot around Tuukka Rask.

Things got worse just 25 seconds later when Derick Brassard made it 2-0 as he got to the front of the net and put home a cross-crease pass from Bobby Ryan for his second goal of the series.

Hoffman struck again with a power play at 3:42 of the second period.  This time Hoffman fired a one-timer from the high slot that hit off the post and went in behind Rask to give the Senators a 3-0.

In his Stanley Cup playoff debut, Noel Acciari got the Bruins on the board just over six minutes into the second period.  Accirari got to the front of the net and was able to get his stick on a shot from John-Michael Liles and redirect past Craig Anderson.  Riley Nash had the secondary assist on Acciari’s first playoff goal.

The Bruins showed they can score in bunches quickly too as David Backes cut the lead to 3-2 just 42 seconds after Acciari’s tally.  Backes took advantage of Bobby Ryan whiffing on a clearing attempt, and then losing both his gloves and stick, to get in alone on Anderson and beat him for his first playoff goal with the Bruins. Liles and Tommy Cross were credited with the assists.

David Pastrnak completed the comeback by tying the game with a power play goal at the 13:51 mark.  Pastrnak’s first career playoff goal came as he blasted a one-timer from the left dot off a feed from Charlie McAvoy, for the rookie’s first career NHL point.  Ryan Spooner picked up the secondary assist on the play.

After a scoreless third period, Riley Nash was nailed with a weak roughing penalty against Bobby Ryan at 4:38.  Just over a minute later, Ryan scored his second goal of the series to give the Senators a 2-1 series as he drove straight to net after passing to Kyle Turris and tipped home the return pass for the game winner. 

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