OTTAWA – Bruce Cassidy said his message to his team prior to Game 2 was “don’t be satisfied” and then they went out and played for most of Saturday afternoon like a pack of playoff-hungry hockey players.
Behind three goals in the second period the undermanned Bruins looked like they were ready to blow right on past the Senators before crumbling in the third period as Ottawa finally showed some signs of life by tying things up. The Sens eventually won it on a Dion Phaneuf bomb in overtime for a 4-3 Sens win at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Ottawa game-winner arrived just after Boston had killed off a delay of game penalty when a tired Zdeno Chara inexplicably floated a puck over the boards at the end of the third
The Bruins opened up the scoring with a controversial goal midway through the second period after Drew Stafford hopped all over a loose puck in front that bounced off Erik Karlsson. He snapped it home for a one-goal lead, but Guy Boucher used the coach’s challenge that the play was off-side. It looked on replays like there was conclusive evidence the B’s were off-side a good 10-15 seconds before the goal was actually scored, but the refs ruled it a good goal after a three-minute video review.
Ottawa tied it up on a Clarke MacArthur power play goal, but that’s when things tipped in Boston’s favor. Craig Anderson was too aggressive playing a puck with Dominic Moore bearing down on him and that led to a shorthanded goal for Tim Schaller, and Patrice Bergeron added a tipped power play goal off a David Pastrnak shot at the net.
Ottawa stormed back in the third and got goals from Chris Wideman and Derick Brassard, on a nifty play by Erik Karlsson where the entire Bruins defense was watching him with the puck, to tie things up and eventually lead to things being decided in overtime.