Senators aim for more of same vs. Bruins

Ottawa Senators celebrate their goal by Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Wideman during third period of game two NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff action against the Boston Bruins in Ottawa Saturday Apri

Bruins let lead slip away

But the only score that matters to both teams is the one on the scoreboard after the final whistle sounds and, in that regard, the Ottawa Senators are breathing a little easier.

The Bruins will look to even their series up at two wins apiece as they host the Senators on Wednesday evening.

The Boston Bruins played their worst period of hockey in a while to open Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

"I was in tight and I know Tuk [Rask] is really, really, really good at taking the bottom of the net away", Ryan said of his victor, that came at the 5:43 mark of the overtime frame. "I knew if I stuck with it, I'd get a chance eventually".

The Bruins can not afford to drop another game after blowing a 3-1 lead in game two.

In Game 2, the Bruins blew a 3-1 lead in the third period, but Ottawa rallied with two goals third-period goals and won in overtime.

Monday night held a lot of blown leads, but the Senators really stole the show by allowing a three-goal comeback to the Bruins.

All three games so far have been decided in overtime.

Boston's Tuuka Rask and Ottawa's Craig Anderson have been disappointing in net. Mike Hoffman added two goals for Ottawa, with Derick Brassard scoring the other.

Asked what his team needs to do in Game 4, Boston winger Brad Marchand, a 39-goal scorer in the regular season who scored the Game 1 victor before being blanked in the next two, said, "Definitely a better start. It's a huge game and it'll be a big turning point in the series". "Thank goodness we got that one".

But make no mistake, without Phaneuf's heroics the Sens were 20 minutes away from realizing the same fate as they did in Game 1 - taking the loss as a result of a comedy of mental errors.

But the Bruins could certainly stand to be a little more physical with the 6-foot, 191-pound defenseman, who was a little banged up with a lower body injury entering the series, and they need to simply do a better job of being on high alert every time he's on the ice.

The fans were already in fine form before the teams hit the ice, whooping it up when the maniacal laugh of Ozzy Osbourne erupted from the PA system, signalling the start of heavy metal anthem Crazy Train.

However, Bobby Ryan scored at 5:43 in overtime to close out the win for the Senators, who now take a 2-1 series lead.

The B's entered the first intermission down 2-0 at TD Garden, and quickly fell behind 3-0 early in the second period. "When it's 3-3 after the second period, it's a great opportunity for everybody".

It almost nullified what was a dominating start by the Senators, who kept the action on their side of the red line for most of the first period.

The Bruins. The defense will be better with Miller back in the lineup.

To be fair to Marchand, without him the Bruins may be down 3-0 instead of 2-1 in their opening-round playoff series against the Sens.

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