"As a series goes on, it gets more intense, more pressure-filled, just more fun", said Ottawa center Kyle Turris, who set up the OT victor Monday.
The Senators reclaimed home-ice advantage when Bobby Ryan deflected Turris's pass at 5:43 of overtime to give Ottawa its second straight extra-session win and series lead. A flawless saucer pass by captain Erik Karlsson from his own end sent Hoffman in alone and he did a ideal backhand reach across to beat Rask on the glove side at 7:15 to open the scoring for the Senators.
After the third period of play could not determine a victor, Ryan closed out the win for Ottawa, crashing the net on the power play and beating Rask to give the Senators the lead in the series.
ABOUT THE SENATORS: Forward Clarke MacArthur, who returned earlier this month after being sidelined since October 2015 due to a concussion, electrified the Ottawa fans Saturday when he scored for the first time in two years.
Miller himself confirmed, via the team's official Twitter account on Wednesday morning, that he's ready to return to the lineup for game four against the Senators, which will take place later this evening at home in Boston, Massachusetts.
Johansen had a goal and two assists as Nashville added a dominant performance to its taut 1-0 victory in Game 1 on Thursday night.
Perhaps scared stiff by the drubbing, the Bruins responded and scored three times before the end of the period to knot the score 3-3 heading into the final frame.
Neither team had scored a goal in the opening period in either of the first two games, but the Senators quickly halted that anomaly.
Defenseman John-Michael Liles had two assists for Boston.
This is the second straight game in which the Bruins have given the Senators a power play in the overtime period and for the second straight game it has cost them.
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. Backes' shot zipped through the netminder's five-hole to make it a 3-2 game at 6:47.
Then, 42 seconds later, Ryan couldn't handle the puck in the own zone. A flawless saucer pass by captain Erik Karlsson from his own end sent Hoffman in alone and he did a ideal 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.
"Everyone is pretty even keel, we can't get too high after one win like that in a series", Methot said Sunday after practice at TD Garden, which will host Game 3 on Monday and Game 4 on Wednesday.
The game went to overtime, where the Senators went ahead for the first (and only) time in the game off a Dion Phaneuf slapshot, just after an Ottawa power play ended.
In a series where every game has been decided by a single goal, Karlsson's innate ability to exploit the Bruins defense and make plays happen offensively with his passing and hockey IQ has been a difference-maker. Colin Miller skated in warmups but did not play. "If the guys sneaking away then obviously you need some awareness, but we had just been keeping some pucks alive".
Boston lost yet another defenceman as Adam McQuaid left midway through the first period.