After the Ottawa Senators had squandered away a 3-1 lead and looked like they were headed to overtime against the Boston Bruins, Bobby Ryan bailed them out.
He got his team-leading 18th goal of the year with 4:35 to go, robbing Boston defenceman Torey Krug and then beating Chad Johnson with a backhand to the top shelf for a 4-3 win.
The Senators still had to survive a Boston power play for the last two minutes when Zack Smith got called for putting his hand on the puck during a face-off. But survive they did.
It helped salve, a bit, the 5-0 beating the Senators took in Boston on Friday night.
Patrick Wiercioch, back in after being a healthy scratch for the last four games, Cory Conacher, with his fourth, Smith, with a shorthanded goal, also scored for the Senators.
David Warsofsky, with his first NHL goal, brought the Bruins into a 3-3 tie at 6:36 of the third period. He scored on a bad angle slapshot from the far edge of the right circle. It beat Craig Anderson on the short side.
Daniel Paille and Jarome Iginla also scored for the Bruins. Iginla had what looked like another one disallowed at 9:42 of the third after it was ruled it had been kicked in.
Anderson faced 32 shots.
Tuukka Rask started and played until Smith scored a shorthanded goal at :29 of the second period. He left having allowed three goals on 12 shots. Johnson came on in relief and faced 20 shots.
The Senators played what could be called a 50-50 first period, some good, some bad.
Wiercioch gave them a 1-0 lead at 7:04 when he got a Cody Ceci rebound in the left circle and fired it back before Rask could slide over.
But five minutes later, after a disinterested Erik Karlsson gave the puck away along the boards in front of the Ottawa bench, Paille went in alone and put a shot through Anderson’s legs. It was a shot that he might have been expected to stop.
Karlsson spent a bit of time stuck to the bench after that bit of casualness but by the end of the period had served his penance.
Fortunately, if for nothing else than Ottawa’s collected egos, Conacher scored a weird goal for a 2-1 lead that the Senators would take to the dressing room.
From the left circle, Turris flipped a backhander toward the Boston net and Conacher deflected it out of the air past a surprised Rask.
The teams ended the first tied in shots, 11-11.
The Senators increased their lead to 3-1 just 29 seconds into the third period and chased Rask when Smith scored a shorthanded goal, his eighth goal of the season.
Smith beat Rask with a backhander after Condra started the play through a Boston turnover.
But at 13:51 – three seconds after a tripping penalty to Anderson ended – Iginla got his 12th. All alone at the right post, he tipped a cross-ice pass from Milan Lucic past Anderson.
WHY THEY WON: Because they got a timely winning goal from Bobby Ryan at 15:25 of the third and because Craig Anderson held off the Bruins during a penalty in the final two minutes of the game.
Cory Conacher: Showed a lot of energy collecting a goal and an assist to help get the Senators going early in the game.
Boston’s power play: The Bruins were 0 for 4, most disappointingly during the final two minutes when Zack Smith got sent off for putting his hand on the puck during a face-off. That was Boston’s chance to tie the game.
MOVING ON UP THE LIST
Jarome Iginla’s second-period goal, a lovely tip-in of a cross-ice pass from Milan Lucic, was No. 542 and moved him past Stan Mikita into 29th place on the NHL’s all-time list.