KANATA, Ont. - The Bruins headed home to Boston with the series tied at 1-1 with the Ottawa Senators.
Saturday's Game 2 at Canadian Tire Centre was shaping up to be a Bruins' win, with Boston holding a 3-1 lead entering the third period.
Ottawa wasn't going to let its opponent take a 2-0 series lead back to home ice. They stormed back for three straight goals, including the game-winner at 1:59 into overtime for the 4-3 final.
Still, the Bruins hold the upper hand as they get ready for two games on home ice, starting with Game 3 on Monday night at TD Garden.
"We wanted to make it 2-0. I don't think anybody in our room - I'm not going to stand here and tell you we're satisfied with a split. We were 20 minutes away from being up 2-0, so that's the way I look at it," said Interim Head Coach Bruce Cassidy.
"No matter where we play, we're a good hockey club, home, or on the road. We go into every game with a game plan to win the game, so we're disappointed, plain and simple."
After a scoreless first period, the Bruins gained a 1-0, then 2-1 edge with goals from Drew Stafford and Tim Schaller, before Patrice Bergeron scored a power play goal to make it a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.
The Senators scored three straight goals, including the winner at 1:59 into overtime for the 4-3 win.
"Could have gone the other way for us, and we could be going home up two right now, but unfortunately they were able to find a way, and we're heading back," said Stafford. "We'll regroup [on Sunday] and get ready to play in front of our fans now, so we're looking forward to that."
Dion Phaneuf's overtime winner came off a point shot after the Bruins had to kill off the rest of a Zdeno Chara delay of game penalty that occurred late in the third.
"They capitalized on a point shot, a seeing eye shot, and a little bit of a breakdown and they were able to get it through, so they capitalized on their chances, and unfortunately the way it went in overtime, it's just a bad break," said Stafford. "With Zee, with that call, it happens, but we're in here for each other, we pick each other up and that one's over now. We'll get out of here, regroup at home and put on a show for our fans."
The Black & Gold have confidence heading into Games 3 and 4 at TD Garden, but they're not getting head of themselves.
"It's going to be close. It's going to be a battle," said Chara. "We know it's not going to be easy, so it's 1-1 so we're going to back to Boston, and we'll get ready for the next game."
For the fourth straight game, spanning back to Games 81 and 82 of the regular season, the Bruins lost another defenseman early in the game.
Adam McQuaid left with an upper body injury, and did not return.
"Upper body. I don't know specifically. It's an upper-body injury and as the game's going on, I just get an update that, 'hey he doesn't look good and he probably won't be back tonight' and then you go with it, so we'll see how he is [on Sunday]," said Cassidy.
In addition to McQuaid, the Bruins lost Colin Miller to injury in Game 1, and he was unable to suit up for Game 2.
"Unfortunate, but you know, those things happen. You wish that you obviously had a full lineup every game, but unfortunately for us the last three, four games, we're always losing a body," said Chara. "But I thought for the most part, I thought we handled it well and shared the ice time, and obviously we needed some guys to step up."
"It's tough to have that happening but at the same time, it's always the next guy doing the job," said Bergeron. "We've had some young players come in the lineup and play some big minutes and some good hockey, so we have the depth and we have to all step up. We have to be better. It's the playoffs, no one feels sorry for us, and let's take it a day at a time."
Morrow Slots In
With Colin Miller not available, Joe Morrow slotted into the lineup, playing his first NHL game since Jan. 22 and his first pro game since a stretch of three games with Providence in late February.
When McQuaid left the game, the Bruins again had to step up with only five blueliners. Morrow logged 19:59 in ice time.
"Joe Morrow got thrown into a situation, did a nice job for us, stepped in, did his job," said Cassidy.
"I try and keep my conditioning up and do everything I can for situations like this, because when your chance comes, if you're not ready for it, it's pretty much the end," said Morrow. "It's what you leave people with, and put a bad taste in their mouth when you can't come into situations and play like that, so I felt good. I don't know how much I played, felt like I played a lot with five D, but I thought it went well."
In addition to Colin Miller (lower body), David Krejci (upper body) was not available for Saturday's Game 2.
"They will continue to be day to day and hopefully ready to go on Monday," said Cassidy.
As for Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo, both defensemen are said to be progressing.
"The focus has been on the guys here. They're important players for us, don't get me wrong. When we get back to Boston, we'll have a better idea," said Cassidy. "I think Carlo's progress is coming. Torey's still day to day. Different injuries obviously so with Brandon, we're hopeful he'll be in sooner than later. With Torey, again, it's day to day, I can't speculate on him."
One player who could be a possibility to return for Monday's Game 3 is forward Noel Acciari, who has been out with an upper body injury.
"He is close," Cassidy said on Saturday. "I believe he'll be ready Monday. That was kind of the original target date. We'll know more tomorrow, but that's what we're looking at."