Colin Miller ready to return for Boston Bruins

Bruins let lead slip away

He's also turned the puck over when trying to force passes instead of taking his own shots.

No, the Senators weren't ideal by any stretch of the imagination in Game 2 when they erased a two-goal deficit to help set up defenceman Dion Phaneuf's game-winning goal, but they took steps in the right direction and the message from coach Guy Boucher on Sunday was that there are still areas the club needs to work on.

The penalty on Nash drew the ire of the sellout TD Garden crowd of 17,565, as well as Bruins interim coach Bruce Cassidy. For the most part, they've had little trouble breaking through the neutral zone.

"They've been doing a heck of a job with the injuries they have". Every single Boston Bruin and coach on the ice and behind the bench should take responsibility for just assuming they could stop the Sens by scoring two extra goals, including one they were practically gifted.

Boston's Tuuka Rask and Ottawa's Craig Anderson have been disappointing in net. Boston had the league's best penalty kill during the regular season and their special teams units will have to be big in this game and in the rest of the series if they're going to right the ship and take the lead as this series is quickly running out for the B's.

And in Saturday's second encounter, it was the Bruins who coughed up a two-goal lead in the third period that allowed the Senators to skate off with a 4-3 overtime win.

"That's the NHL. In (a) matter of a few minutes, the tide changes", Boucher said.

It's far too early to term Marchand's last two games a "slump", but he obviously needs to net more than just one goal if the Bruins want to have a chance to win the series.

Hoffman polished off a breakaway after a lengthy saucer pass from Erik Karlsson to put Ottawa up 1-0 at 7:40 of the opening period.

Blue Jackets: Forward Matt Calvert was suspended for one game for his cross-check to the head of Pittsburgh's Tom Kuhnhackl late in the third period of a Game 2 loss.

Not long after Hoffman gave the Senators what should have been a comfortable lead with 16:18 left in the second on the power play, the Bruins cued the comeback with two goals in a span of 42 seconds. The three goals were scored on just seven shots in the period.

Acciari, making his playoff debut, scored on a redirect at 6:05 to cut the deficit to 3-1.

The Senators did not score in the first period in either of the first two games of the series.

The captain was absolutely right in his assessment of his team's play through the first two games, as they played well enough to win both but almost came away empty handed as many times. Boston is hoping to get rookie rearguard Brandon Carlo and perhaps fourth line energy guy/agitator Noel Acciari back for Game 3, but it doesn't look like their best offensive defensemen, Torey Krug, will be ready.

Miller suffered a lower-body injury in Game 1 and missed Games 2 and 3.

Viktor Stalberg blocked a shot, but the rebound went right to Stafford, who hammered it past Anderson to open the scoring at 9:47 of the second. Karlsson was not on the ice for Monday's morning skate.

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