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National Hockey League playoffs: Senators at Bruins Game 3

21 April 2017

Ryan got free in the zone, tapping it in on assists by Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson. But Turris understands victories from here on in will be very hard to come by.

It was the Senators' turn to play fast and loose with the lead after taking the Bruins to school and leading by three goals before four minutes had elapsed in the second period. He started all six games of that series, which Minnesota won, going 2-4 with a.904 save percentage.

Heading into game one, the team was down a slew of players.

The Bruins practiced Tuesday, but Boucher kept his regular players off the ice - the extras skating at the Bruins' practice facility. Extra skaters got some icetime at Boston's practice facility but many Senators pondered spending their day enjoying the sunshine and some sights of the city.

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The Boston Bruins played their worst period of hockey in a while to open Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Ottawa Senators on Monday night. "My experience is the games get tougher and tougher, urgency grows on both parties and it will just be great hockey". "As soon as they tied it up, I was thinking, "This is B.S.' But it was so nice to be on the other end of it this time. I felt better yesterday and today I felt better than yesterday".

"That's the only thing that we're focusing on". In less than 8 minutes, the Ottawa lead was gone and it was a brand new game once again. We can probably assume they were not words of wisdom or inspiration. Fans showed their displeasure by littering the ice with debris, including bottles filled with liquids. Interim coach Bruce Cassidy called the call and subsequent results "demoralizing and disappointing".

Nash took a forearm from Bobby Ryan to the head and he responded with a jab to Ryan's face, prompting the penalty just on Nash, when both should have been sent to the box with matching penalties. "How do you play at that level all the time?" For my money he has been the Senators' most consistent and best, forward (with all due respect to Ryan, who has also stepped his game up, last night's lowlight aside). "Thank goodness we got that one". After that it tightened up, we were a bit on our heels but we found a way to not give them too much. "I just tried to get it up 18 inches and I got lucky that I did".

A key to victory for the Senators on Monday was their ability to win faceoffs.

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Finding a way to match up Zdeno Chara against him at any and all opportunities would be a good start.

Krejci, who missed the first two games of the series with an upper-body injury, participated in the Bruins' morning skate and worked on the line with wingers David Backes and Drew Stafford. Boucher wasn't aware of the debris that was thrown to the ice following Monday's contest as he immediately headed down the tunnel.

Brassard, who was brought in because he's a strong performer at playoff time, scored his second of the post-season by beating Rask on the glove side at 7:40 to give the Senators their first two-goal lead of this series.

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