Ottawa Senators Eliminate Boston Bruins

USATSI_10027989_154158418_lowresThe Ottawa Senators have eliminated the Boston Bruins with a Game Six victory on Sunday. They’ll play the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Clarke MacArthur had the overtime winner and sent Boston packing, with Ottawa taking the game by a final score of 3-2. Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris had the other goals for the Senators, while Drew Stafford and Patrice Bergeron had the goals for the Bruins.

This marks the first time the Senators have advanced to the second round of the playoffs since 2013.

The series was a close one, with four games decided in overtime and all six games decided by a single goal. In the end, the Senators were able to take key victories in Boston and did so again on Sunday to wrap the series. Playing to no disadvantage on the road likely tilted things in Ottawa’s favour, although the Bruins were playing without David Krejci.

Boston and Ottawa played some arduous hockey in the series, including a four hour and six minute duel in Game Five with the Bruins pulling off the win. As such, it wasn’t surprising to see Game Six hit the extra frame.

Erik Karlsson averaged over half an hour of ice time a game, leading all playoff skaters in the category.

Boston’s Zdeno Chara averaged 28:45 of ice time a game, while at least nine players exceeded a half hour of ice time in the marathon fifth game.

Derick Brassard led the charge offensively for the Senators, with eight points in six games. Ryan registered even points in six games, including four goals. Karlsson had six points in six games.

David Pastrnak led the Bruins in scoring with four points in six games, while Brad Marchand registered three helpers.

Ottawa’s Craig Anderson put together a 4-2 performance, with a goals against average of 1.94 and a save percentage of .921. He picked up a shutout in Game Four.

Tuukka Rask was 2-4 for Boston, with a 2.24 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. He and Anderson have played more playoff minutes than any other post-season goalie thus far.

The Senators will be in tough against the Rangers, who knocked off the Montreal Canadiens in the first round with a Game Six win on Saturday.

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