Ottawa is 1 win from Round 2 after beating Boston
BOSTON (CP) — Bobby Ryan played the hero again, scoring the winner at 5:49 of the third period as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 on Wednesday night to grab a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference quarter-final series.
After scoring the winner 5:43 into overtime on Monday to seal the Senators’ 4-3 win in Game 3, Ryan poked the puck past a diving Tuukka Rask after Erik Karlsson set him up on an intentionally wide slap shot just inside the blue line.
It was Ryan’s team-leading third goal of the series. Karlsson picked up his 20th career playoff assist, tying Martin Havlat for the sixth-most in franchise history.
Craig Anderson made 22 saves in his fourth career playoff shutout for the Sens. Rask stopped 26 shots for the Bruins.
Ottawa won its fifth straight game in Boston and improved to 7-1 versus the Bruins this season. Boston hasn’t won a home playoff game since May 10, 2014.
The Senators can clinch the series at home Friday in Game 5.
Ottawa stifled Boston in the first period for the fourth straight game, but couldn’t score itself despite taking 14 shots. It’s the third time this series that neither team has scored in the opening frame.
Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson is congratulated by center Derick Brassard after shutting out the Boston Bruins 1-0 during Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Boston on Wednesday.