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Phaneuf scores in OT as Senators tie series against Bruins

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Phaneuf scores in OT as Senators tie series against Bruins

Bobby Ryan played the role of hero Monday night.

The Bruins took a 3-1 lead late in the period with a power-play goal as Bergeron tipped David Pastrnak's shot.

Noel Acciari and David Backes also scored for the Bruins.

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.

The Senators were on the power play for the first 1:48 of overtime.

Anderson stopped all nine shots Boston sent his way in the third and Rask brushed aside seven to send the game to overtime. In other words, every game has been a battle, and Game 4 should be no different.

But the only score that matters to both teams is the one on the scoreboard after the final whistle sounds and, in that regard, the Ottawa Senators are breathing a little easier. "Just going out there (too) and not being able to play, that's not going to help either".

It didn't get much better from there. "For us, it's not about what's happened in the past, it's about the present".

Game 2 was pretty event in most ways.

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Boston hosts the next two games at TD Garden Monday and Wednesday.

Hoffman's power-play snipe 3:42 into the second put the Sens ahead 3-0.

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.

The Senators look to grab a stranglehold on their first round Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Boston Bruins after winning each of the last two games, and now have a chance to head home with an opportunity to win the series in Ottawa.

Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson made a great glove save off a tough shot by Kevan Miller. Robbie Ross Jr. got two outs with the bases loaded in the 7th and the Sox leading 4-2, thanks to a two-run single by Andrew Benintendi before handing the ball over to rookie Ben Taylor, who gave up a run scoring single to Steven Souza but nothing else. They were down three goals, they had nothing to lose and they went for it and scored two quick goals.

Phaneuf also had two assists.

There is no question the Senators got off to the kind of start by outshooting the Bruins 10-3 and takig a 2-0 lead in the first. 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.

WASHINGTON - Kasperi Kapanen scored his second goal of the game 11:53 into the second overtime and Frederik Andersen made 47 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Washington Capitals in Game 2 to even the first-round series. 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.

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