Bruins defenseman Colin Miller expected to play in Game 4

Senators Fortunate to Salvage Home Split

Hoffman's blast from the point by Rask, his second of the game, should have put the Senators in total control of this night.

However, Bobby Ryan scored at 5:43 in overtime to close out the win for the Senators, who now take a 2-1 series lead.

Bruins fans in attendance for Game 3 against the Senators didn't get to see the result they were hoping for on Monday night, as Boston lost in overtime to Ottawa, 4-3.

Mike Hoffman and Derick Brassard both scored for Ottawa, while goaltender Craig Anderson made 17 saves in net. Something then clicked with the Bruins as Noel Acciari, David Backes and David Pastrnak all found the back of the next within the span of eight magical minutes in the second.

It didn't get much better for the Bruins in the second period, with an interference call against Kevan Miller leading to Ottawa's third goal of the night.

And it's played out exactly that way on the ice, as the speedy, skilled and special Karlsson has racked up four assists and a plus-2 rating in three games, and is averaging a series-high 28:36 of ice time while topping 30 minutes in each of the last two games.

Miller logged 7:08 of ice time in Game 1 before colliding with Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki in a leg-on-leg hit in the second period.

Karlsson's long pass was right to a breaking Hoffman, who deked and scored with one hand on his stick, slipping the puck just by Rask.

The Bruins went the final 9:47 of the first period without a shot and had one in the final 16:18.

The Senators led 3-0 early in the second period of Game 3 against Boston before the Bruins stormed back to tie the game 3-3. That was followed 42 seconds later by Backes' slap shot after he broke through the Senators' defense to swipe the puck and open the ice. 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. 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.

NOTES: C David Krejci, who missed the first two games of the series with an upper-body injury, returned for Boston. With Miller returning, fellow blueliner Tommy Cross will be a healthy scratch.

"We showed good character coming back, but we're not gonna win many games getting down 3-0", Bruins left-winger Brad Marchand said. Colin Miller skated in warmups but did not play.

The interim head coach spoke to reporters after Wednesday's practice about the performance of the Bruins' top-end talent so far in their opening round playoff series.

Coming off back-to-back overtime wins, the Ottawa Senators are in position to take command of their opening round National Hockey League playoff series against the Boston Bruins. Boston Marathon finishers were asked to rise for the cameras during a first-period timeout.

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