Coming off a heartbreaking 3-2 double-overtime loss to the Bruins on Friday night at the Canadian Tire Centre, the Senators had no choice but to put up a fearless face and, the reality is, they're still in good shape with a chance to close out Boston to move onto Round 2 for only the second time since they went to Stanley Cup final in 2007.
Thanks largely to the unexpected heroics of rookie Sean Kuraly, the Bruins have life and their first-round playoff series with the Ottawa Senators returns to Boston for Sunday's Game 6.
And while the Senators have watched Derick Brassard, Bobby Ryan, Erik Karlsson and Mike Hoffman pile up points, the Bruins have seen some of their most important contributors fade into the background. It was a great moment for MacArthur, who scored two goals in the series after missing almost two full seasons while dealing with the effects of multiple concussions.
Clarke MacArthur scored the victor 6:30 into overtime as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Sunday afternoon to win their Eastern Conference quarter-final series in six games.
The 32-year-old MacArthur sat out 156 regular-season games in total over the two seasons because of multiple concussions and had moved to Florida to prepare for retirement. Boucher said he didn't think this series would be easy by any stretch of the imagination and he knew the club wasn't going to remain 100% healthy once the puck was dropped. The Bruins did not get off a shot in the extra period - the fourth overtime game of the series and the 17th of the National Hockey League playoffs, tying the record for an opening round.
The B's are still far from a legit Cup contender, and that was made clear in Ottawa's 4-2 first round series win.
"We came in here, took a deep breath (and) realized that, 'Hey, tie game".
"He's hit a wall", said one host, an argument that had some merit given the miraculous, emotional charge the veteran winger had made to get back in the lineup after a 17-month absence with a head injury. "That's all we did".
MacArthur sustained a concussion on October 14, 2015 and hadn't played since, missing 156 games before he finally passed a baseline test in the last weeks of this season and was cleared to return.
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Karlsson played the first-round series against Boston despite two hairline fractures in his left heel, Joe McDonald of ESPN.com reports.
"It's a great stat, but I don't think we think about it much to be honest", Ottawa's Marc Methot said of his team's success at TD Garden. I don't know how you make an argument against it.
David Pastrnak also scored and Tuukka Rask finished with 41 saves to help the Bruins rally from two goals down early in the second period and cut the Senators' lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. "We've just got to go to Boston and regroup".
"I was just at the tail end of it", Kuraly said. "They got all these minutes". "We didn't work all year just to sit back and hope things turn out our way", Boucher said. Other Stanley Cup wins for Boston were in 1972, 1970, 1941, 1939, and 1929. Stevens was the Kings' interim head coach for four games early in the 2011-12 season after Terry Murray was sacked and before the hiring of Sutter, who became the winningest coach in Kings history. "I've said it before, but a lot of credit to them". NY played the first three games with the forward trios mainly similar to how the season ended.
Stafford scored on the power play for the Bruins to give them the lead, but in the end in the Senators made them play.
Instead, the Bruins took a litany of other needless penalties each game, putting themselves in the worst possible position to take home wins as they enjoyed their first postseason berth in three years.
Zibanejad, who had 14 goals and 23 assists in 56 games during his first season in NY, scored the overtime victor in Game 5 at the Bell Centre and then turned around and set up Mats Zuccarello with the tying goal in Game 6. It stayed that way until Bergeron tied it about two minutes into the third.
Also consider Krejci was forced to exit Game 5 after suffering a knee injury, and the Bruins could be in trouble when they hit the ice Sunday.
They traded for noted cage-rattler Steve Ott, a fourth-line forward that has scored just six goals and recorded only 14 assists in 152 games over the past three seasons.