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Colin Miller ready to return for Bruins tonight

21 April 2017

The more intense the Ottawa Senators-Boston Bruins series becomes, the more fun it is for Kyle Turris. They were playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 in the opening round in 2013 against the Bruins when their seemingly commanding 4-1 third-period lead evaporated. Brassard has a team high 2 goals (tied with Ryan) and added 2 assists for 4 points (tied with Ryan and Karlsson for the team lead), and he has also won 61% of his faceoffs, including 75% last night going head to head 24 times with Boston's ace pivot, Patrice Bergeron.

Otherwise, the B's are expected to have the same lineup for the pivotal Game 4 in which the B's hope to avoid falling down 3-1 to the Senators with Game 5 slated for Friday night in Ottawa.

Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan beats Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask for the game-winning goal during overtime in Game 3.

Harpur, who has skated in 6 regular season games for the Sens, made his NHL Playoff debut in Game #3 finishing with 1 shot, 2 blocks and a +1 rating in 17:26 of TOI. Fortunately, the Senators played relatively clean for the remainder of the game and were able to convert that into a three-goal comeback.

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The assist was the second of the game for Karlsson while Ryan scored his second goal of the series, as the Senators captured their second straight OT victory.

Noel Acciari and David Backes also scored for the Bruins.

The Bruins said they were conscious of a push back from the Senators in the third period.

The Senators struck quickly with two goals in a span of 35 seconds in the first that left the probably left the Bruins wondering what it was going to take.

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Boston tries to kill a penalty, allows two shots to ring off the iron, kills the penalty, has a vulnerable minute, and Dion Phaneuf capitalizes and ties the series with a game victor from the point. He was unready for the first goal, even though it was tipped on the was, it was deflected into him rather than away from him and he simply didn't seem aware that a shot was inbound at all.

Hoffman broke in behind a sleeping Boston defence for a breakaway and scored at the seven minute 15-second mark, using his long reach on a deke to slide the puck past Rask.

Drew Stafford, who gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the second period, says the team has to put Saturday's game behind them and get ready for the next two games at home. A ideal saucer pass by captain Erik Karlsson from his own end sent Hoffman in alone and he did a flawless backhand reach across to beat Rask on the glove side at 7:15 to open the scoring for the Senators. While skating out in the left circle, Pastrnak took a pass from Charlie McAvoy and promptly buried a one-time bomb to tie things up at 3-3.

The Bruins' blue line is depleted with injuries. Heading into game two, however, the team was down that same cast of players with the addition of Colin Miller.

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Ottawa's first goal of the night came after Erik Karlsson flipped a pass behind Boston's defense to spring Hoffman on a breakaway. Coach Guy Boucher said, "He never needs to practice.".