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Senators top Bruins on Ryan's OT goal

by Matt Kalman /

BOSTON -- Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan victimized the Boston Bruins again.

Ryan scored his 11th goal on an open chance in front of the Bruins net 44 seconds into overtime after the Senators had tied the score with less than five minutes left in the third period, and Ottawa defeated Boston 3-2 on Saturday at TD Garden.

Ryan scored the deciding goal in a shootout victory against the Bruins at TD Garden on Dec. 13, also an afternoon game.

On the overtime winner, Ryan worked a give-and-go with defenseman Erik Karlsson and got inside of Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. Ryan kicked the puck to his stick, and then slid it into the open net while goaltender Tuukka Rask tried to get back into the play.

Ryan clearly enjoys matinees in Boston.

"Yeah, I do. ... I like playing here," Ryan said. "You draw some energy from the crowd, and with it being a 1 o'clock game, the crowd's into it right away, and it's just a fun atmosphere to play in and I like the 1 o'clock games. Sometimes you go through the highs and lows of a game day, right? Ups and downs of waiting and all that. To just get to the rink and get ready to play I think is beneficial, but I know a lot of guys feel opposite, so it's all a matter of what works for you."

Forward Mike Hoffman scored the tying goal for the Senators (16-14-7) with 4:15 remaining in the third period. Defenseman Eric Gryba's shot from the right point was going wide but hit Hoffman's skate and got past Rask.

The Senators have won two in a row and are 5-3-2 since Dave Cameron took over as coach.

"It's good for momentum," said Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson, who made 26 saves. "I think it's important for us to have some success after last little bit of focusing on the process. The process has been there. We haven't gotten the result every single night that we wanted, but tonight was a different story.

"We played the right way, we did things that we needed to do, the blocked shots that probably go unnoticed, [Erik Condra] there, and a couple big ones late in the game. It's stuff like that that you don't notice, but I notice, and that's the difference in the game."

Rask made 23 saves for the Bruins (19-15-5), who finished their three-game homestand 1-0-2. Boston has earned at least one point in eight of its past 10 games (4-2-4), but the one-point performances haven't helped the Bruins climb into an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Forward Brad Marchand gave Boston a 2-1 lead at 10:35 of the third period with a yeoman's effort after retrieving a rebound below the goal line in the Ottawa end. Marchand skated back toward the blue line on his backhand, carried the puck to the high slot and beat Anderson high with a wrist shot for his 11th goal.

Shortly after, the Bruins killed the Senators' second 5-on-3 chance, this one for 43 seconds. Back at 5-on-5 though, Ottawa tied the score 2-2 on Hoffman's 12th goal.

"No reason for any excuses," Bruins center David Krejci said. "You get the lead 2-1 at home, division game, just keep the puck away from our net, and we didn't do that. Could be questionable calls or not, it doesn't matter, the ref still calls it. Still, we stuck with it and killed a big one, but bad bounce and nothing you can do about it."

In the second period, the Senators were unable to convert on a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 1:41. Later in the second period, Kyle Turris scored the game's first goal to put Ottawa ahead at 12:33. Linemate Clarke MacArthur forced an Adam McQuaid giveaway below Boston's goal line with a hard hit on the forecheck. Turris skated the puck to the bottom of the left circle and beat Rask with a wrist shot through the short side.

Boston's penalty kill came up big early in the period. Later, it was up to the power play, and defenseman Torey Krug cashed in with the man advantage at 16:22 to tie the score 1-1. Krug's one-timer from the top of the right circle went through a Chara screen and past Anderson.

Ottawa went 0-for-5 with the man advantage, including those two 5-on-3 opportunities. They prevailed despite failing to score on the power play for the fifth straight game.

The Senators won't have much time to work on their power play before hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.

"No, there will be a lot of video, I'm sure, and we'll identify things, but when you can't work on them, it's tough. But at the same time there's a little comfort in it when you're going home to settle it down right," Ryan said. "But it's horrendous that we're not putting pucks to areas to be successful and we're not generating second, third opportunities, and that's where your power play is going to win you games deep in the season, when you're able to keep pucks in and get back to the net."

The Bruins visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon.

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