Senators stun Bruins with Phaneuf's OT winner
Ottawa defenceman strikes early in extra frame to even series
Dion Phaneuf waited a long time for this type of moment.
Phaneuf set up two goals before scoring his own in overtime as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Saturday to tie their Eastern Conference quarter-final series 1-1.
The 12-year veteran scored the winner from the point at 1:59 as Alex Burrows provided a screen.
"It feels great to do it here in front of our fans, it's just incredible," Phaneuf said. "I've played a long time and this is my first overtime winner and it feels great. I tried to get as much on it and luckily it found a way through."
Clarke MacArthur, Chris Wideman and Derick Brassard also scored for the Senators and Craig Anderson made 26 saves.
Drew Stafford, Tim Schaller and Patrice Bergeron provided the offence for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots.
The Senators had rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a two-goal third period to force overtime.
Ottawa scored twice in a span of 2:28 to tie the game, sending the 18,629 on hand at Canadian Tire Centre into a frenzy.
Wideman made it 3-2 with a shot from the point and Brassard, off a great pass from Erik Karlsson, tied the game at 7:48 on a one-timer.
"The second period we didn't really come out the way that we wanted and we needed a response and I think that we definitely gave them that in the third," said Karlsson. "That's the way that we're going to have to play if we're going to beat these guys. They're not going to give up. They're a good team even if though they're battling some injuries."
Lead slips away
The Bruins anticipated a push back from the Senators, but were disappointed at letting the two-goal lead slip away.
"You don't want to put your foot off the gas there, you want to keep at it and not really change anything," said Stafford. "For the most part I don't think we really did, they just capitalized on a point shot, a seeing-eye shot and a little bit of a breakdown and they were able to get it through. They capitalized on their chances."
A goalie gaffe and bad penalties left the Senators trailing 3-1 after 40 minutes.
Viktor Stalberg blocked a shot, but the rebound went right to Stafford, who hammered it past Anderson to open the scoring at 9:47.
The Senators challenged the goal believing the play was offside, but a lengthy review upheld the goal.
MacArthur provides boost
MacArthur tied it on the power play with his first goal since April 19, 2015.
MacArthur, who battled back after suffering a devastating concussion in training camp and wasn't expected to play this season, raised his arms to the sky in celebration as the crowd went wild.
"It was just a great feeling," said MacArthur.
"You know everyone wanted me to get one too is what it felt like. The whole city's kind of been having to listen to me the last couple of years trying to make comebacks and what not and to get that ovation was just, wow, probably be the best moment I have in hockey."
Game 3 is Monday in Boston.