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Saturday, 22 April 2017 04:28

Bruins Defeat Senators, Officials 3-2 in Double OT To Stay Alive

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The Bruins celebrate Sean Kuraly's game-winning double overtime goal. The Bruins celebrate Sean Kuraly's game-winning double overtime goal.

The Boston Bruins defeated the 20 Ottawa Senators players and the four on-ice officials in a crazy Game 5 to keep their season alive.

The Boston Bruins defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-2 in double overtime on Friday night.

Yep you read that correctly.

And it actually could have been 5-2.

The Bruins had one goal overturned in the first overtime, then the officiating crew decided to completely disregard a blatant infraction soon afterwards that should have resulted in a penalty shot, and finally scored in double OT to stay alive in their first round series against the Senators.

Sean Kuraly, who was inserted into the lineup for Game 5 in place of Ryan Spooner, scored his first two NHL goals, including the second/third game-winner for the Bruins. 

Kuraly sent a backhand into the vacant net after Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson made a save on a shot from the point by Charlie McAvoy.  David Backes picked up the second assist, as he won the faceoff draw in the Ottawa zone.

Kuraly was also a part of both egregious calls in the first overtime, as his physical play earned him plenty of ice time on Friday night.

Boston looked like they had won the game when the rookie broke free on a breakaway and took the puck to the front of the net.  Kuraly’s shot was initially saved, but a scrum in front of the net resulted in the puck trickling over the goal line.  Noel Acciari may have tipped the puck over the line, but the play was never called a goal on the ice due to alleged goaltender interference.  Kuraly made slight contact with Anderson, but he was going after his own rebound and was also contacted by Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot. 

The B’s celebrated like they had won the game, but after a lengthy review (aren’t they all lengthy?), the officials ruled that the goal did not count.

Boston should have had a penalty shot minutes later, as another scrum near the goal line resulted in Jean-Gabriel Pageau covering the puck with his body in the crease.  The officials reviewed the play to see if the puck had ever crossed the line, but they neglected the rule stating that a penalty shot is awarded if a player other than the goalie touches the puck in the crease. 

So yes that’s two definite goals, and a third maybe goal that Boston scored after the game was tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation.

The tie game came as a result of two second period goals by the B’s, who had dug themselves yet another hole thanks to some atrocious defensive play early in the contest.

Mark Stone scored his first playoff goal of his career in the first period, while Pageau notched his first goal of the series just 30 seconds into the second on similar plays.  Both came on clear breakaways due to defensive lapses, as Dominic Moore failed to cover one side of the ice on the first goal, while Zdeno Chara pinched down on the opposite side of the ice and left his responsibility on the other goal.

Boston’s first goal was set up by a wraparound attempt by Brad Marchand that was initially stopped by Anderson.  David Pastrnak was on the doorstep and tucked the rebound into the corner of the net for his second goal of the playoffs at 8:40 of the second period.

Kuraly notched his first goal of the game with 2:55 left in the middle period, as he took a pass from Backes and went behind the net.  Kuraly then tried to stuff it in the corner of the net, and the puck went off the skate of Ottawa’s Chris Wideman past Anderson for the 2-2 tie.

Tuukka Rask was sensational in net for Boston during the final 50 minutes of play, as he made several outstanding saves to keep the Bruins alive in their first round series.  Rask ended with 41 saves, and had to deal with three Ottawa power plays late in the contest – two at the end of the first overtime and one at the start of the second OT.

The B's also lost another player early in this game, as David Krejci left the ice in the first period after a knee-to-knee hit with Wideman.  The play could have been called a penalty, which can just be added to the list of miscues by this atrocious officiating crew.

The series will now shift back to Boston for Game 6 on Sunday afternoon.  Ottawa took Games 3 and 4 at the TD Garden, winning both by one goal.  Puck drop is slated for around 3pm.

If you want MORE coverage of your team, check out Bruins Beat Podcast here on CLNS Radio! The latest episode is below and check us out on ITUNES as well!

Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.