Senators beat Bruins, 2-1, in shootout to pull ahead in chase


With their second straight Presidents' Trophy already in tow, the Washington Capitals didn't have all that much to play for Saturday at TD Garden. "Really, the only thing we talked to him about was, 'Listen, you're playing against men".

"I think he probably found that out today because, you know, he was positionally solid and he didn't hurt us".

And the Bruins, third in the Atlantic, will visit the Senators.

With the scored tied at 0-0, Marchand the NHL's No.2 goal scorer (39) and fourth-leading point producer (85 points), was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for spearing Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin in the groin at 19:20 of the first period. Should Toronto secure at least one point on Sunday, it would face the Senators in the next round. Now they wait to find out who their opponent will be. The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins have home ice against the Blue Jackets. Ottawa Senators' Derick Brassard (19) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates Alexandre Burrows (14) and Mark Borowiecki (74) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa o. "It's always special to step on the ice for the first playoff game, so I'm looking forward to it".

"There's a lot of positives off of that (game)", said Trotz, who before the game said he thought a good effort was important "if we end up meeting each other".

The recall followed six full seasons of riding buses with the AHL Hershey Bears; including the playoffs Mitchell has skated in almost 400 games at the AHL level, serving as the Bears' captain in each of the last two seasons. "They didn't get too much".

Craig Anderson made 28 saves through regulation and overtime and stopped all three in the shootout - to go to 30-26 all-time in the competition. These are the close games that the Bruins have a legitimate chance at winning, especially if Tuukka Rask continues to play at the level he has for the last three weeks. Boston rookie defenseman Brandon Carlo left the team's loss to the Capitals on Saturday after being injured on a hit by Alex Ovechkin.

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Gillies had been called up on an emergency basis from the club's AHL affiliate in Stockton, California, after backup Chad Johnson suffered a lower-body injury against Anaheim on Tuesday.

The road to get here wasnt easy for the Senators.

"I didn't like it".

Former Boston University Terrier, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, made his debut against Washington on Saturday.

Making the task so much more hard will be the potential absence of injured top-four defensemen Torey Krug (suspected knee) and Brandon Carlo (suspected concussion), along with useful fourth-liner Noel Acciari (upper body). There is only one spot remaining in the Eastern Conference after Ottawa clinched a berth with a 2-1 shootout win at Boston. Tom Brady was at the game and shown on the big board. Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams also scored for Washington, which has won 10 of its last 11 games. The Rangers have lost back-to-back games.

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