After the Bruins blew a 3-1 lead to send Game 2 into overtime, Dion Phaneuf scored the goal that would put Ottawa even with Boston in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Chris Wideman and Derick Brassard scored the two third goals that would even out the game, both assisted by Phaneuf. The Bruins will be returning to Boston for games three and four, hoping that an electric Beantown crowd will be a factor in the games.
Key Factors: Ottawa Senators
-If Ottawa wants to win, they have to cut down on foolish mistakes. Craig Anderson gave up a short handed goal because of an ill-fated pass off the boards. After Dominic Moore intercepted it, Anderson had to sprawl out to defend the net, a move that would leave the Sens defenseless when Tim Schaller tapped the puck in.
-The Senators must cut down on foolish penalties. Their momentum was constantly being cut off by a trip to the penalty box.
Key Factors: Boston Bruins
-This seems obvious, but the B’s have got to keep their foot on the gas pedal. As we learned from the Warriors and Indians, to slow down with a 3-1 lead is the kiss of death in the playoffs.
-Stay out of the penalty box. The Senators started overtime off with 1:40 left on a power play due to a Zdeno Chara delay of game, putting the Bruins’ backs up against the wall. They gave up a net 2 goals due to penalties, although only one was on a power play.
-Utilize the home crowd. Today is Patriots Day and also the Boston Marathon, a day where Boston’s identity as a city is at its strongest. There is no doubt that the crowd will be raising the roof tonight.
My Prediction: B’s 3, Ottawa 2