Game five Friday night in Ottawa was a back-and-forth, energy-depleting match that saw the Bruins edge past the Senators with a double-overtime goal from Sean Kuraly to keep Boston’s playoff hopes alive. The series was sent back to Boston for game six on Sunday where Ottawa entered the day with a three games to two lead.
Stafford’s first period goal
2:49 into the second Charlie McAvoy was called for tripping against Tommy Wingels and sent the Senators to the powerplay for the fourth time on the afternoon. On the resulting man-advantage Ottawa scored off a Derick Brassard point shot that deflected off Bobby Ryan in front 3:26 into the period.
With 12:28 remaining in the second Kyle Turris fired a puck past Tuukka Rask from the hash marks to put Ottawa up 2-1. For the rest of the period Ottawa dominated the play and allowed the Bruins to play to them. Boston struggled to make clean passes and win one-on-one battles in the Senators’ zone. After 40 minutes the Bruins went to the locker room down one, despite starting the period with a 1-0 lead.
It took only 1:57 into the third period for Patrice Bergeron to tie the game off a rebound from a Brad Marchand wrist shot. The Bruins had an opportunity to take the lead late when Mike Hoffman took a slashing penalty on Kevan Miller with 6:26 left in the period. However, the Senators made the kill and back and forth play continued until the end of the third, sending the Bruins and Senators to overtime for the fourth time in the series, with Boston outshooting Ottawa 12-3 in the period.
In overtime Ottawa came out fast, controlling most of the play in the Bruins’ end of the ice. Boston was able to fight off the surging Senators until David Pastrnak took a holding call with 14:06 left in the period. On the ensuing powerplay Clarke MacArthur buried a rebound to end the series only 6:30 into the overtime period.