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5 Keys: Senators at Bruins, Game 6

Ottawa looks to move past double-overtime loss, advance; Boston forward David Krejci out

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

SENATORS at BRUINS

3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports 

Ottawa leads best-of-7 series 3-2

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will try to even the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 at TD Garden on Sunday.

The Bruins avoided elimination when they rallied for a 3-2 double-overtime win in Game 5 on Friday after falling behind 2-0.

Every game has been decided by one goal, including three in overtime. Ottawa had won three straight before Boston's dramatic Game 5 victory.

Here are 5 keys for Game 6:

 

1. Bruins without David Krejci

Krejci will not play in Game 6 after sustaining a lower-body injury in the first period of Game 5 on a low hit from Senators defenseman Chris Wideman. 

The Boston forward has no points in three games in the series after he had 54 points (23 goals, 31 assists) in 82 games in the regular season. He will be replaced in the lineup by Matt Beleskey.

2. Battle fatigue

It took 4 hours, 6 minutes for the Bruins and Senators to settle Game 5, and now they'll face off less than 48 hours after the start time Friday.

"I think most of the guys probably had a pretty good sleep [Friday] night," Senators forward Mike Hoffman said. "Guys that needed treatment will get it today, and tonight once we get into Boston, we'll gear ourselves up for [Sunday]. But it definitely will be a mental test for [Sunday's] game."

Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller was one of nine players to exceed 30 minutes of ice time in Game 5.

"Everybody's kind of feeling the minutes, whatever it may be," Miller said. "It's that time of year, and they're not easy minutes. But that's why we have days off in between, to rest and make sure everybody's rested and ready to go."

 

3. Defend home ice

The Bruins have lost the first two games at TD Garden in the series and their past five at home against the Senators since their last win Dec. 29, 2015.

"You know, I think we played pretty well both times at home," Miller said. "The margin of error is so small, they got an OT win and then 1-0. I thought it could've gone our way multiple times. I think we have to have the same approach we did on the road. We want to come out and have a strong first period and make sure we're making the right plays."

 

4. Hold a lead

Each team has blown at least one multigoal lead in the series (Boston in Game 2; Ottawa in Games 3 and 5). The Senators can't let Game 5 linger.

"They had a 3-1 lead (in Game 2), and we came back, so they're thinking the same thing," Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. "Every series is the same; it's desperation until the very end. And so whether you score the first goals or they score, it always turns out that at the end, it's going to be a very equal game."

 

5. Power up

The Bruins were 0-for-3 on the power play in Game 5 and are 2-for-14 in the series (14.3 percent); the Senators are 3-for-18 (16.7 percent) after going 0-for-5 on Friday.

"It's kind of been up and down throughout this series, power plays both ways," Hoffman said. "They've had some good ones, had some bad ones. And the same for us. I think every game moving forward teams adapt and see exactly what you're doing and they know how to defend it. We're going to have to keep it simple like we have to 5-on-5."

 

Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Kyle Turris -- Alexandre Burrows

Tommy Wingels -- Derick Brassard -- Bobby Ryan

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Mark Stone

Clarke MacArthur -- Chris Kelly -- Zack Smith

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Ben Harpur -- Fredrik Claesson

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: Chris Neil, Colin White, Jyrki Jokipakka, Chris DiDomenico, Chris Wideman

Injured: Mark Borowiecki (lower body), Tom Pyatt (upper body), Viktor Stalberg (undisclosed)

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Backes

Drew Stafford -- Matt Beleskey -- David Pastrnak

Dominic Moore -- Riley Nash -- Noel Acciari

Tim Schaller -- Sean Kuraly -- Frank Vatrano

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Joe Morrow -- Kevan Miller

John-Michael Liles -- Colin Miller

Scratched: Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Ryan Spooner, Tommy Cross, Malcolm Subban, Jimmy Hayes

Injured: Adam McQuaid (upper body), Brandon Carlo (upper body), Torey Krug (lower body), David Krejci (lower body)

 

Status report

Krug started skating this week but remains far off from making his 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff debut. He was injured in Boston's second-to-last game of the regular season. ... Stalberg (undisclosed), Borowiecki and Pyatt each is day to day. Stalberg would be a game-time decision, Boucher said. If Stalberg cannot play, Wingels would take his place in the lineup.

 

Who's hot

Brassard has six points (two goals, four assists) in the series. ... Karlsson has five assists in the series. ... Hoffman has two goals in the past three games. ... Kuraly scored his first two goals of the series in Game 5. ... Backes had two assists in Game 5 and has four points (one goal, three assists) in the series. ... Pastrnak has four points (two goals, two assists) in the series.

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