Saturday, April 15, 2017

Senators Battle Back and Win on Phaneuf OT Winner

The Ottawa Senators avoided going down 2-0 to the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon, thanks to third period goals by Chris Wideman and Derick Brassard and an overtime cannon from Dion Phaneuf--his first career overtime marker.

The Senators capture the 4-3 win and head to TD Garden locked at one game apiece with the Bruins.

"We just continued to do what we've done all year," said Phanuef. "Just stick to it, stick to it and it feels really good. They've got a real good team over there."

The Senators got an emotional lift from Clarke MacArthur, who had not scored a goal in any game in nearly two years because of all his issues with post-concussion syndrome.

"I was excited," MacArthur said after scoring his fifth career playoff goal and first since 2015. "I'm not crying this time. I'm just really happy to get one there. For us to fight back like we did in the third--we're not quitting in this series, no matter what happens here we're going to to right to the end and see what happens."

The meaning of the goal was not lost on Senators' head coach Guy Boucher.

“For me, personally, I had the goosebumps because we know what he’s been through and we know how much the players care,” Boucher said of MacArthur's goal.

The Senators got another lift from the return of Marc Methot, who was out for 10 games with a lacerated finger. He played over 18 minutes in the victory. But the enthusiasm was dampened when defenseman Mark Borowiecki left with an injury. He is designated as day-to-day.

Game 3 is set for Monday night at Bosto's TD Garden.