Back-to-back overtime wins have the Sens leading their first round series against the Bruins 2-1 as they get set for Game #4 tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Boston.
Prior to the series starting, fans and media alike were anticipating low-scoring, one-goal games but so far that's turning out to be about half right. The Sens and Bruins have combined for 14 goals over the past 2 games and in many cases they've come in flurries (Hoffman and Brassard scored just 25 seconds apart while Acciari and Backes marked 42 seconds apart in Game #3). Each team has also overcome multi-goal deficits in this series to force overtime so you've been warned not to blink during Game #4.
When asked what he expects for tonight's game head coach Guy Boucher relayed: "In my experience the games get tougher and tougher. Urgency grows by both parties and I think it will make for some great hockey again."
The lone injury for the Sens in the series remains Mark Borowiecki who is day-to-day with a lower body injury which he suffered in Game #2 but Boucher also shared that he could be available for tonight's game.
That leaves the Sens with a plethora of line-up options going in to Game #4 but given the team's recent pair of wins it seems unlikely that any big changes are imminent.
Video: April 18: Off day Media - Guy Boucher
Ottawa got off to a phenomenal start with Erik Karlsson hitting Mike Hoffman with the saucer pass to end all saucer passes. Hoffman took it from there unleashing a Peter Forsberg-esque one-handed finish around Tuukka Rask just 7:15 into the first period to open the scoring. As mentioned above, Derick Brassard found the back of the net just 25 seconds later and the Sens we're out to a 2-0 lead quickly. Hoffman's second goal of the game came midway through the second period care of a massive slapshot from the point on the power play but that's when things started to unwind for the Senators who appeared to take their foot off the gas allowing the Bruins to erase their 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.
After a scoreless third period, Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris worked the "give and go" to perfection before the native of Cherry Hill, NJ distributed the game-winner to the back of the Bruins' net.
Would you like a visual representation of everything I just wrote? Great...here are the full highlights from Game #3...
Video: Ryan nets OT winner to give Senators 2-1 series lead
Sens to watch
Between his cross-zone pass to Derick Brassard in Game #2 or his pair a nasty breakout assists in Game #3, the captain is starting to feel it. Karlsson is naturally at his best when he's got the puck on his stick and the play in front of him and right now he seems to be distributing the puck extremely well in this series. His 4 helpers through the first 3 games have him tied for tops in playoff assists (with 6 others) and his sits 5th for TOI with an average of 28:36/game.
After 3 games, Bobby Ryan is tied for the team lead in points (4) and goals (2) while also leading the Sens in shots on goal (12). On the heels of a disappointing regular season, Ryan has really picked up his game in the post-season and is a big reason why the Sens' power play is converting at 30% success rate in the playoffs (2nd highest % in the league behind only Calgary).
Video: OTT@BOS, Gm3: Bobby Ryan tips in game-winner in OT
Game #4 kicks off at 7:30 p.m. tonight and you can catch all the action on Sportsnet and TVAS.
If you're looking for a spot to head out and watch the game be sure to check out the Molson Canadian Watch Party at Sens House because it was absolutely rocking for Game #3. Click here to make a reservation.