MacArhur Lifts Senators to 3-2 Win, Eliminates Bruins
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Clarke MacArthur’s power-play goal 6:30 into overtime ended the Boston Bruins’ season and sent the Ottawa Senators into the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) April 23, 2017
The Senators will meet the New York Rangers, who defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 Saturday to advance.
The Bruins were sluggish from the outset starting the game with a trio of delay of game penalties 15:11 in. However, the penalty killers did their job.
It was the Bruins who finally got a crack at the power play courtesy of a Mark Stone tripping penalty and Drew Stafford found the back of the net to make it 1-0 Black and Gold.
Stafford’s tally was the first Bruins first-period goal in the 2017 playoffs.
Tuukka Rask came up big near the end of the frame as Stone sprung in on a breakaway and tried to beat the goaltender five-hole, but Rask shut the door.
The Senators would soon tie the game at 1-1 with a deflection goal from Bobby Ryan after a tripping minor from Charlie McAvoy.
Midway through the second, the Senators’ Kyle Turris beat Rask block side to push the them ahead 2-1.
The Bruins would not go away though as Patrice Bergeron crashed the net 1:57 into the third period to knot the score at two.
The Bruins had their chance to go ahead after a Mike Hoffman slashing penalty with roughly six minutes to go but were unable to generate any offense.
In the final stretch, Rask and Craig Anderson (28 saves) both rose to the occasion to send Game No. 6 into overtime, the fourth tilt in the series to do so.
5:54 into the exta frame, David Pastrnak went to the box on a holding call, which eventually set up the game winner.
Boston downfall came in form of penalties and the inability to kill the penalties in this best of seven series.