Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Karlsson, Ryan Stake Sens to 3-1 Series Lead over Bruins

If you've been hearing about how good Erik Karlsson has been for the Senators during the playoffs but have wondering what all the fuss is about, check out this heady shot-pass from the Swede. He sets up the game-winner by a rejuvanated Bobby Ryan at 5:49 of the third period.

The fake shot was just enough to leave Tuukka Rask out of position as Ryan deftly received the pass on his backhand and found a way to (barely) tuck it into the vacated net.

The Senators made that slim margin stand up. When Karlsson wasn't good enough (he let Brad Marchand slip behind him for golden opportunities twice in the first period alone), Craig Anderson stood on his head, making 22 saves for his fourth career shutout.

The victory gives the Senators a 3-1 series lead over the Bruins and they'll be heading home for Game 5, where they will look to win a playoff series for the first time since 2013.

Ryan, who scored just 13 goals in 62 games during the regular season, is one of just six players to have recorded three or more goals this post-season.

"When you look at the big picture, this is an opportunity, I've said it before, to wash that season," Ryan said, according to "I'm trying to focus on contributing now and be in the moment with it. So far, so good. There are a lot of guys in here that are going to contribute in some way down the stretch, and right now the pucks are going in for me, and that could shift. But I'll take it."

The Bruins thought they had taken the lead mid-way through the second period on a Noel Acciari deflection off of a Charlie McAvoy shot, but it was ruled that Acciari entered the zone offsides on the play when Senators coach Guy Boucher challenged.

Game 5 is Saturday night at Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa.