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from Joe McDonald of ESPN,
Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson told ESPN.com that he played the first-round series against the Boston Bruins with two hairline fractures in his left heel.
Karlsson suffered the injury when he blocked a shot during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 28; he missed three of the last five games of the regular season.
He aggravated the injury when he played back-to-back games against the Detroit Red Wings on April 3 and 4. He has been receiving injections in his heel.
"I've been playing on shots here," said Karlsson, who admitted he was having trouble moving to his left. "It's frustrating because you've worked so hard all year, but it's better now and by Thursday it should be pretty much back to normal," he said.
A power play goal for MacArthur.
The Senators advance to face the New York Rangers.
added 8:26pm, Game highlights are below...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Instead of sending the Boston Bruins into an early spring, the Ottawa Senators will be packing up for another trip to Beantown.
After failing to book a ticket Round 2 of the National Hockey League playoffs, the Senators were left with more work to do after they squandered a 2-0 second-period lead and lost 3-2 to the Bruins in double overtime in front of 19,209 at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday night. That cut Ottawa’s lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal to 3-2.
Sean Kuraly scored his second goal of the game at 10:19 of the second OT to give the Bruins the win and the Senators don’t have a lot of time to recover with Game 6 set for Sunday at 3 p.m. at Boston's TD Garden.
"Right now, it definitely stings. They're emotional games. We expected a hard fought, long, grinding gruelling series and that's what we've got. I don't know how to explain it any better than they're pushing, we're pushing and it goes to double overtime, anything can happen. It's disappointing but we have to move on," said defenceman Dion Phaneuf. "The same way we moved on from the two wins in overtime.
"We expected a battle and we've got one."
Game highlights are below...
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Locked and loaded now for vacation, the Bruins Friday night will try to shake their insidious playoff funk when they return to Ottawa for Game 5. They are down, 3-1, to the Senators, and have yet to recover from a third-period collapse on the road Saturday, when they blew a 3-1 lead and what might have been an iron-clad 2-0 grip on the best-of-seven series.
Much has happened since then, none of it good for the “we’re-looking-for-a-deep-run-in-the-playoffs” Black and Gold.
The Senators have been faster, smarter on both sides of the puck, vastly more consistent, more resilient and, despite their wonkish and methodical 1-3-1 ways in the neutral zone, eminently more entertaining to watch. It is no mistake or writ of numbskulled officiating that they are about to advance to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup grinder, while the Bruins are pointed to the offseason badlands of talk radio persecution.
It helps the Senators, of course, that they have arguably (if anyone cares to argue) the most exciting, game-changing player in the NHL in defenseman Erik Karlsson, who has been brilliant in key moments, and not for his play alone.
from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,
The Bruins are down to their final loss and, if they can’t figure out a way to make a big play at the right time, we will have seen them in Boston for the last time this season.
After having a goal called back in the second period on an offside challenge, the B’s gave up the go-ahead goal early in the third to Bobby Ryan and lost to the Ottawa Senators, 1-0, at the Garden, their third straight loss in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. The Senators, up 3-1 in the series, have a chance to end it on home ice tomorrow night in Game 5.
from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,
It was shaping up as a perfect Marathon Monday.
Postcard weather. A seamless 26-mile Boston Strong race with the usual thousands of feel-good/inspirational stories. A third straight win for the Red Sox at Fenway. And finally . . . the Bruins brought the NHL playoffs back to the Garden and recovered from a 3-0 second-period deficit against the Ottawa Senators.
But they could not finish. The Bruins battled back to a 3-3 tie, and gave us some great hockey, only to lose in the sixth minute of overtime on a power-play goal by Bobby Ryan after a cheesy roughing penalty on Bruins forward Riley Nash. Garden fans peppered the ice with water bottles to show their disgust with the zebras. Ottawa leads the series, two games to one.
It had been more than 1,000 days since the last Stanley Cup tournament game at the Garden and this is not the way we visualized the Bruins’ return to the playoffs. All three games in this series have been decided by one goal, two in overtime, but it feels like the Senators have the Bruins’ number. Going back to last season, Ottawa has beaten Boston eight times in nine games. At this moment, it’s hard to remember that the Bruins had a 1-0 series lead and a 3-1 lead in the third period of Game 2 before they folded in the final minutes.
When it was suggested by a reporter that the call must have been “demoralizing,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said, “I agree with you, 100 percent.
“Very demoralizing. Demoralizing and disappointing. But they called it. Once they called it, it’s our job to kill it.’’
Watch the penalty call in OT in the highlight package below...
All four OT goals from Monday's Stanley Cup Playoff games...
from Matt Kalman of the Boston Herald,
“Well, right now, we don’t know, to be honest,” Cassidy said Sunday. “We’re looking at all the (injured) guys we talked about, and if they can’t go, we’ll look to Providence and find a replacement.”
The Bruins have lost four defensemen to injury in their past four games. Two made strides toward a return during an optional practice at Warrior Ice Arena.
Colin Miller, who sustained a lower-body injury in Game 1, appeared to be the closest to returning after he skated with a small group Sunday. Brandon Carlo (upper body) also skated, but he’s doubtful for Monday's game, according to Cassidy.
Torey Krug (lower body), who has missed the past three games, and Adam McQuaid, who was injured in the first period of the 4-3 overtime loss in Game 2, did not skate.
from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,
Senators head coach Guy Boucher, generally tight-lipped about his lineup throughout the playoffs, told reporters at the Warrior Ice Den on Sunday that Borowiecki was day-to-day and his status would be determined Monday. After the 4-3 overtime win on Saturday, Boucher had indicated that Borowiecki could have returned to the game, but was kept out.
“We’ll see (Monday),” Boucher said following a team meeting.
Boucher said there was a possibility Borowiecki could play in Game 3, but also noted the club had extra defencemen Fredrik Claesson and Ben Harpur on the roster, so it might be better to give somebody else a chance if there was a risk associated with playing Borowiecki.
While the Senators were on the power play.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
Karlsson still has more gears than most on the ice, but whatever, exactly, is the nature of his foot injury, he didn’t catch the Bruins off-guard with the blinding two- or three-step explosiveness that helps make him the world’s top defenceman.
He appeared a tad cautious in trying to jump up to cut off passes in the neutral zone, perhaps wary of being burned by Bruins forwards who might slip behind him.
All of that is to say we can throw out the window the Senators’ pre-series talk that the Karlsson who blistered opponents for nine goals and 18 assists in his final 25 regular-season games would be the same Karlsson on the ice against the Bruins.
Karlsson himself went there Friday, the eve of Saturday’s matinee.
“It’s better,” he said about the right foot he injured against the Detroit Red Wings on April 4 on the heels of a left foot injury on March 28. “I think it’s progressing every day and I went for a little skate today and it is what it is.”
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