8 tweets that define Game 1 of Sens-Bruins series

It's the first time in three seasons in the playoffs for the Bruins.

There are other factors, though nothing can replace the players who enabled the Bruins to get this far in the first place. This will setup a possible matchup with our rival, the top-seeded Montreal Canadiens and Claude Julien.

The Senators dominated play for long parts of the game, but a couple mistakes in the third cost them as Brad Marchand scored the victor late in the third period.

The Boston Bruins will be down to the ninth defenseman on their organizational depth chart and without their second-line center once again when they try to take a 2-0 first-round series lead against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday. "That alleviates some of the frustration knowing that [we can win] if we stick with it and do the things we're supposed to do - get it behind their D and create turnovers if you can't get it in off the rush - and be effective on the power play". He led Boston with four points vs. Ottawa this season. Connor McDavid reached 100 points in the Oilers' regular-season finale, the 28th 100-point season by a player since 2005-06.

What this team does best is kill off penalties, ranking first in the National Hockey League at 85.7 percent.

- Down David Krejci, who was a late scratch because of an upper-body injury, the Bruins went back to load-up mindset with David Pastrnak reunited with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Dominic Moore is approaching 37 years old, but ramped up his game over the last month (2 goals, 5 assists in 14 games) and brings 93 previous playoff contests to the table. Bobby Ryan and Mark Stone have looked off lately too, health-wise. After missing the postseason a year ago, they have returned as the second seed in the Atlantic Division holding home-ice advantage over the Boston Bruins.

Boston is +1400 to win the Eastern Conference.

"Clearly there was two shifts where we just gave it to them", Senators coach Guy Boucher said.

But it also will mean relying on the forwards to help make up the difference.

Senators offense vs. Bruins defense: Ottawa is the lowest scoring team to make the playoffs, and the only one with a negative goal differential. With the potential of a makeshift defensive unit protecting him for multiple games, performing at a similarly elite level to what he's done in his previous 34 playoff contests (21 wins, a 1.92 GAA) is a must for the Finnish netminder. He had 17 goals and 54 assists in almost 27 minutes per night.

The news didn't stop MacArthur from working hard and get medical clearance to play during the regular season. He didn't find the net in his four games.

Craig Anderson will be in net for the Ottawa Senators. He was 25-11-4 overall with a 2.28 GAA and.926 save percentage.

The Canadiens are looking to a avenge a six-game loss in the first round to NY in 2014, a series in which Carey Price was injured in the opening game on a hit from Chris Kreider.

The Senators are hopeful for the return of defenseman Marc Methot, who hasn't played since having the tip of his finger severed by a slash on March 23. "We'll take as much rest as we can, but at the same time, we're excited to get back playing".

This is the first-ever postseason series between Boston and Ottawa, and the first series with home-ice advantage for the Senators since they reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007.