Canes Country’s daily recap of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and a look ahead at tonight’s action. (Of which there is none tonight, of course.)
Ottawa Senators 3, Boston Bruins 2 (OT) (OTT wins series 4-2)
Coming into Game 6, the home team in the Senators/Bruins series was 1-4. You can now make that 1-5, and chalk up a 4-2 series win for the Senators as they edged the Bruins in overtime for the third time in the playoffs.
Boston did accomplish one thing they hadn't in the first five games: a first-period goal. Drew Stafford powered a shot across Craig Anderson into the upper-left corner to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. However, the Bruins wouldn't find the same second period groove they had in most games, and allowed a goal off the stick of Bobby Ryan, who tipped home a deflection from a Derick Brassard one-timer.
Early in the third, the Bruins brought the crowd alive when Boston's two biggest stars, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, connected. Marchand flew a puck on net, and the deflection was mishandled, leading to a Bergeron tap in to tie the game.
In overtime, though, David Pastrnak effectively tackled Jean-Gabriel Pageau from behind, drawing a holding penalty and giving Ottawa an early OT power play. Clarke MacArthur used the advantage to slip down towards the goal crease, wind up and fire Bobby Ryan's centering pass into a wide open net, as Rask slid too far out to prevent Ryan's pass.
Washington Capitals 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (OT) (WAS wins series 4-2)
For the second time in the series, the Caps were able to come into Toronto and get the job done. For a team that historically has issues closing out a series, it has to come as a relief to the Caps to be 1-0 in clinching games this season. The game was a low-scoring affair that was led by dominant goaltending play by both Frederik Andersen and Braden Holtby.
Neither team scored in the first two and a half periods, Andersen and Holtby combining for 54 saves and not letting anything past them. The Leafs were the first to finally get on the board when Auston Matthews was able to pick up a rebound and lift in top shelf to beat Holtby on their 30th shot of the night. The Caps answered just five minutes later when Marcus Johansson banked a bad-angle shot off of Anderson's skate and in for his first goal of the postseason.
The game went into overtime, of course, which marks the fifth time in six games that the teams needed an extra stanza. The Caps largely dominated play in overtime, and after an icing call on the Leafs, Johansson netted his second goal of the game off of a rebound. However, it could have been a costly win, as T.J. Oshie crawled off of the ice after blocking a shot in overtime with his skate. The Caps, unsurprisingly, provided is no word on how serious the injury is.
The Caps will now match up against the Pittsburgh Penguins who have been off since last Thursday. The first game will be in Washington Thursday night. -Zeke Lukow