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

Veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles noted Thursday that games against Ottawa may not be much fun to watch.

The Capitals, knowing they could help secure a first-round playoff matchup against Boston, continued their dominance of the Bruins with a convincing 3-1 victory - their ninth in a row in the series over three seasons.

Most notably the Senators will likely be without star defenceman Erik Karlsson, who suffered a foot injury Tuesday and missed Thursday's game. Both Boucher and Cassidy have limited postseason coaching experience. When you look at what the players have lived through, what the organization had to go through this year, the adversity that the players had to battle through even today - missing lots of key guys. The way this team has played down the stretch here and had to work our butts off to get in, I love our group.

He went on to credit management and moves that were made to keep this team competitive. They lost all four games against the Senators this season and have lost 10 of their last 12 yo Ottawa over the past few years.

"It's hard to play against". If anything, the game served as a timely scouting report, as there's a good chance these two teams see each other in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Bruins backup goalie Anton Khudobin exited Saturday's game due to illness after the second period and was replaced by Tuukka Rask for the remainder of the game. 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. But this was a step. "We don't know what the status is there, but let's assume he's not playing right now". If he's going to give up one goal every game and it's a stinker, I can obviously deal with that.

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“Once the playoff starts its a new series and a new season, ” captain Erik Karlsson said about the possibility of facing Boston on Saturday. Anderson stopped Drew Stafford, who scored Boston's only regulation goal, and Ryan Spooner before straddling the goalpost to turn away David Pastrnak's attempt at the end.

NEWARK, N.J. - Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves and Anders Lee scored twice, but the New York Islanders were eliminated from playoff contention despite running their winning streak to five games. Ottawa defenseman Ben Harpur attempted to clear the puck, but Chara intercepted the pass just inside the blue line and quickly shuffled it down to Stafford. Stafford took the puck around the back of the net and tucked it past a sprawling Anderson for his eighth goal of the season.

Then they committed three penalties (two on one play) in the span of 2:52 of the second period, giving Boston two power plays. He clearly felt bad for what happened, it's an awkward position for a player to be put in.

Boston's Interim Head Coach Bruce Cassidy lauded his players' efforts when asked for his thoughts on clinching a playoff spot.

Riding into the corner boards was probably not on Brandon Carlo's list of "favorite things", but he was on the inside of an Alex Ovechkin hit 13 minutes into the first period that left him on all-fours on the ice longer than anyone would have liked to see. The hit appeared to be clean.