Game 4 is Wednesday in Boston, where Ottawa has won four straight.
Saturday afternoon, MacArthur got a little bit of karmic payback and scored his first goal in nearly two years in the Senators 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins and the crowd went absolutley wild.
Fortunately for them, the Senators rebounded to take the 2-1 series lead in overtime, but not without instilling doubt about this team's ability to hold leads.
Ottawa Senators center Derick Brassard (19) celebrates with teammates after his goal during the first period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Boston, Monday, April 17, 2017.
Asked what his team needs to do in Game 4, Boston winger Brad Marchand, a 39-goal scorer in the regular season who scored the Game 1 victor before being blanked in the next two, said, "Definitely a better start".
Boston's Tuuka Rask and Ottawa's Craig Anderson have been disappointing in net.
No, the Senators weren't ideal by any stretch of the imagination in Game 2 when they erased a two-goal deficit to help set up defenceman Dion Phaneuf's game-winning goal, but they took steps in the right direction and the message from coach Guy Boucher on Sunday was that there are still areas the club needs to work on. Game 4 is Wednesday night.
The Bruins took a 3-1 lead late in the period with a power-play goal as Bergeron tipped a David Pastrnak shot.
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Anderson stopped all nine shots Boston sent his way in the third and Rask brushed aside seven to send the game to overtime.
The Bruins are more banged up than we realized.
The more intense the Ottawa Senators-Boston Bruins series becomes, the more fun it is for Kyle Turris. Boston lost game 2 in overtime after Zeno Chara flipped the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty as regulation was about to expire.
"I think it was pretty selfish of me", he said.
Boston let this one get away from them.
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Viktor Stalberg blocked a shot, but the rebound went right to Stafford, who hammered it past Anderson to open the scoring at 9:47 of the second.
Then, the Bruins finally cashed in on Pastrnak's goal with Dion Phaeneuf in the penalty box for slashing. A concussion has kept the Senators left wing out of the Ottawa line up sine October 2015 and many thought he'd never play again. Miller joined the list of injured blue liners with Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo.
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The thinking was that with hard-hitting Noel Acciari entering the series in Game 3 and the B's holding last change at home in Boston, things would get a lot more challenging for Karlsson.
The Senators were 22-17-2 on the road this season so they should have no shortage of confidence going into the Garden.
It was Acciari who got the Bruins on the board at 6:05. The Bruins can't afford to fall behind 3-1 in this series heading back to Ottawa.
Unfortunately for the would-be thief, his attempts were foiled when Senators' captain Erik Karlsson stepped up and delivered quite a chop to the fan's hand that clearly stung him quite a bit. Hoffman controlled the puck and easily tapped it by Rask into the right corner of the net.
Overall, Rask has faced just nine shots from the high-danger area at even strength, stopping all of them, while allowing two goals on 10 shots from the medium-danger area.
"The next game is going to be even harder so we're going to have to take the next two days to rest up and be ready for the hardest game yet", Allen said.
"Momentums are insane", Anderson said.
After a long, physical 20 minutes, both teams went down the tunnel and prepared themselves for overtime.
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