Ottawa Senators fans didn't invade TD Garden in overwhelming numbers Monday, but the hearty contingent that did infiltrate Boston's rink definitely made their presence known when Bobby Ryan scored in overtime to take Game 3.
"It was tough. You've got to stay positive as much as you can", Hoffman said.
Riley Nash, who was called for roughing after taking a swing at Ryan, took responsibility for the play.
Turris then got the puck to Ryan, who tipped it past Tuukka Rask as the Senators overcame blowing a 3-0 lead to recapture home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series. Excluding the goal a team gets for a shootout win, the Senators have outscored the Bruins 20-14 this season but five games have been decided by one goal, another two by just two.
"We did a good job coming back, but it's not good enough and in the playoffs, it doesn't matter, really", Bruins left winger Brad Marchand said.
"Just because of the length of time it took to get that one", he said. The Senators should have put it away long before it got to that stage, but neither team could get the victor in the third so they were forced to do the extra work for the second straight game to determine which team would take advantage in the series.
"I think again, close, as it's been every game against them all year and in all playoffs".
When the game ended, Bruins fans, irate over the penalty call, littered the ice with debris.
"He was the difference in the game, so March [Brad Marchand] can create a little more out there, and he will". "We have to think now and now is the things we did well yesterday and the things we want to make sure we do better".
But the Bruins tied the game with three goals within an eight-minute span in the second period.
Perhaps scared stiff by the drubbing, the Bruins responded and scored three times before the end of the period to knot the score 3-3 heading into the final frame.
Boston lost yet another defenseman as Adam McQuaid left midway through the first period.
The Senators had rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a two-goal third period to force overtime.
Karlsson's long pass was right to a breaking Hoffman, who deked and scored with one hand on his stick, slipping the puck just by Rask. Mike Hoffman added two goals for Ottawa, with Derick Brassard scoring the other. It got the crowd right back into this one, towels-a-waving, chanting "Let's Go Sens!"
Erik Karlsson. Ottawa's captain made himself known in Game 2 with one of the slickest playoff assists you'll ever see.
"Keep growing", Boucher said when asked what he told the players Sunday. Ottawa D Mark Borowiecki, who sustained a lower-body injury in Game 2, was replaced by Ben Harpur, making his playoff debut.
There was hope that Colin Miller, and to a lesser extent Brandon Carlo, could return to the lineup Wednesday, but as it stands, that doesn't appear to be the case. Cross had an assist, as did fellow D Charlie McAvoy, playing in his third National Hockey League game. Karlsson was not on the ice for Monday's morning skate.