However, the Ottawa Senators can only play what is put in front of them.
On the next shift, Liles sent a long pass that was too far ahead of David Backes, but the puck went between Ryan's legs and he fell down, giving Backes a clean break that he finished between Anderson's pads just 42 seconds after Acciari's tally to make it a one-goal game. Mike Hoffman added two goals for Ottawa, with Derick Brassard scoring the other.
There is no way this game ever should have gotten to OT. 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.
The Senators almost drew first blood with 14:40 remaining in the first, as a trailing Ryan Dzingel gathered the puck and fired home a point-blank shot against Rask.
It was the second straight overtime game of the series, and second consecutive win for the Senators following their 4-3 victory in Game 2.
The New York Rangers have been terrific on the road all season (their 27-12-2 record away from MSG was tops in the NHL), and that continued in Games 1 and 2 of their series against the Canadiens.
"Playoffs aren't about momentum, they're about urgency and they're about desperation. If you told us it was going to be a tie game going into the third, we would have taken that any day of the week if you told us that going into the game". "Who knows what would've happened if we had killed it off?"
Trailing by a trio of goals through the first 24 minutes of play, the Bruins countered off of three unanswered goals in the second period, with Noel Acciari, David Backes and David Pastrnak all lightning the lamp in the frame.
The Bruins and Senators resume their series Wednesday night at TD Garden. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays.
Even Bobby Orr, the beloved former Bruin great who was among those in attendance, must have had trouble digesting what was unfolding at ice level.
BOSTON - The Ottawa Senators could make one change Monday in Game 3. But just before that, Ryan had taken a high shot at an off-balance Nash.
The Senators struck quickly with two goals in a span of 35 seconds in the first that left the probably left the Bruins wondering what it was going to take.
The Senators now have to be able to find a way to win one of the next two games in Boston if they are going to potentially even the series.
It wasn't pretty, or easy, but there are no points for style and the Senators have assured themselves that worst case scenario they come home tied up, and best case scenario they come home with a chance to eliminate their opponents on Friday night.
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.
"Luckily he was there", Karlsson said with a smile.
Game 4 takes place on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET in Boston.