The Senators' Bobby Ryan provided the game-winning goal in the shootout. The Bruins are 1-4-1 in their last six games.
With a scoreless game early in the first period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was in the penalty box for high sticking (his fourth penalty in the last two games) when the Bruins created a short-handed bid. As the Bruins cleared the puck into the corner of the offensive end, Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner went to play the puck, but Brad Marchand won the foot race. With a wide open net, the Senators retreated into their end and stifled Marchand's chance for a short-handed goal.
Later in the period, Cunningham took advantage of his short-handed bid and scored at 11:45 of the first, giving Boston a 1-0 lead. Ottawa couldn't keep the puck in the offense zone, allowing Chara to clear the puck. Cunningham won the race to the puck and took a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that beat Lehner to the 5-hole. It was Cunningham's first NHL goal.
The Senators tied the game early in the second period, capitalizing on a Marchand turnover in Boston's end. In transition, Ottawa's Mike Hoffman made a perfect saucer pass through the neutral zone to Mika Zibanejad, who broke in on Rask. Zibanejad faked a slap shot from the right faceoff circle, deked to his right and caught Rask leaning the other way to tie the game at 1-1 at 2:24. Boston responded and regained its lead when Eriksson notched his fifth goal of the season at 10:33 of the second. Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller had control of the puck down low and made a nice pass to Eriksson, who was breaking to the net and beat Lehner for the go-ahead goal.
Ottawa capitalized on the power play early in the third period to tie the game at 2-2. Chara uncharacteristically was called for a lazy interference penalty, and the Senators' David Legwand quickly scored a power-play goal.
BRAKE PADS: With the Bruins holding a 2-1 lead late in the second period, Rask turned in the save of the game. The Senators were crashing the net when Mark Stone made a nifty pass through the slot to teammate Colin Greening. Rask quickly went post-to-post and stoned Greening with a right-pad save with 4:05 remaining in the period.
DROP 'EM: At 3:50 of the second period, Lucic won a race to the puck in the corner of the offense zone when the Senators' Mark Borowiecki applied a high body check and Lucic's head smashed against the glass. Lucic took exception to the hit and dropped the gloves and pummeled his opponent into submission. It was Lucic's second fighting major of the season.
DEEP BREATH: With six minutes remaining in the third period, the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron appeared to get slashed on the left hand while he had the puck near the penalty box. He dropped his stick, skated to the bench and quickly went to the dressing room and did not return for the rest of period. Fortunately, he was back on the ice for overtime. He was in some discomfort again after blocking a shot with his left hand in OT.
MORE TWEAKS: Bruins coach Claude Julien continues to tweak his line combinations. Against the Senators, he had Lucic with Chris Kelly and Cunningham, while Matt Fraser played the left side on the line with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson. The fourth line consisted of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and Seth Griffith.
M.I.A: Bruins top-line center David Krejci remains sidelined with a lower-body injury. He practiced with the team all week and is on the verge of returning to the lineup, but he missed his 10th consecutive game Saturday. Overall, Krejci has missed 19 games due to injury. In the 11 games he has played this season, the veteran forward has three goals and seven assists.