"When it's 3-3 after the second period, it's a great opportunity for everybody". Ottawa added another goal early in the second before Boston produced a dramatic comeback.
There would be no scoring in the third period, sending the game to overtime.
Things then changed quickly, with Liles' flip from the left point deflecting in off Acciari, who was returning from injury for his playoff debut. Another lovely pass by Karlsson, a nice little give-and-go with Kyle Turris, and Ryan slipped it past a helpless Tuukka Rask for the series lead.
Mike Hoffman scored twice and Derick Brassard had a goal in regulation for the Senators.
Just over six minutes later, the Bruins got a power play resulting in David Pasternak firing a shot from just inside the face off circle that found its way past Craig Anderson to tie the game at three. The Bruins, down 2-1 after three games, know they have to make Karlsson work a whole lot harder for everything he's getting. His points helped build Ottawa's 3-0 lead, but Boston came back in Game 3 to force overtime.
The Bruins have trailed in all three games.
The Bruins are more banged up than we realized.
But, on home ice, the Bruins didn't give up, and the Senators couldn't tighten up.
"I think it was pretty selfish of me", he said.
Bobby Ryan played the role of hero Monday night. Extra skaters got some icetime at Boston's practice facility but many Senators pondered spending their day enjoying the sunshine and some sights of the city. Colin Miller does look to be back for Wednesday, but Adam McQuaid and Torey Krug are still out of commission.
Hoffman and Brassard scored just 25 seconds apart in the first period and exploited a depleted Boston defense to give Ottawa an early 2-0 lead.
Can the Boston Bruins avoid another home loss to the Ottawa Senators when the two meet tonight at 7:30PM ET in Game 4 of their series?
The Senators outshot the Bruins 10-3 in the first, taking advantage of several defensive breakdowns on their side of the ice.
What the Boston Red Sox did to Hideki Matsui, the Boston Bruins need to do the hockey equivalent to Erik Karlsson. Hoffman controlled the puck and easily tapped it by Rask into the right corner of the net.
The assist was the second of the game for Karlsson.
"Momentums are insane", Anderson said. They went on to win, 5-4. The 26-year-old Swede has tremendous speed, stops and starts on a dime, controls the puck as if it were velcroed to his stick and can ignite the Ottawa offense - especially so on the power play - as effortlessly as pushing a button on an automatic vehicle starter.
Including playoff games, the Bruins are 37-22-3 with Miller in the lineup this year, and 8-11-4 without him in action.