STARTING GOALTENDERS: Tuukka Rask (1-0-1, 2.46 GAA, .911 Save %) vs. Craig Anderson (1-1-0, 2.50 GAA, .907 Save %). Rask is 29-20 with five shutouts, a 2.12 GAA and .929 save percentage in 49 career playoff games. Anderson is 13-15 with three shutouts, a 2.36 GAA and .932 save percentage in 29 career playoff games.
CRITICAL GAME 3: In Stanley Cup Playoff history, when a series is tied at one game apiece, the team that wins Game 3 goes on to win the series 67.3% of the time.
HOME ICE ADVANTAGE: Home teams are 418-410 (50.5%) in Game 3 of a seven-game series in Stanley Cup Playoff history. That is the second-worst home-ice advantage of any game, behind only Game 4 (406-423, 49.0%).
CROSS, GRZELCYK RECALLED ON EMERGENCY BASIS: Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, April 17, that the team has recalled defensemen Tommy Cross and Matt Grzelcyk on an emergency basis from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Cross, 27, who has served as Captain for Providence the past two seasons, has skated in 74 games with the P-Bruins in 2016-17, compiling 12 goals and 23 assists for a career-high 35 points with 69 penalty minutes and a plus-18 rating. Grzelcyk has skated in 70 games with Providence this year, posting six goals and 26 assists for 32 points with 18 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating.
MCAVOY MAKES DEBUT: Charlie McAvoy is the ninth Bruin to make his team debut in a playoff game without playing a regular season game (Bill Anderson, Wayne Brown, John Byce, Don Cherry, Guyle Fielder, Guy Larose, Gordie Wilson, Chris Winnes).
MATCHUP HISTORY: The Bruins and Senators are meeting for the first time in the playoffs since the Senators began NHL play in 1992. This season was the first time in franchise history that the Bruins did not defeat the Senators during the regular season.
335 AND COUNTING: Following their game vs. Washington on April 8, the Bruins have sold out 335 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on December 2, 2009, when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
SENATORS NOTEBOOK: Dion Phaneuf recorded one goal and two assists in the team’s 4-3 OT win Saturday afternoon, becoming the third defenseman in NHL history to register three points in a postseason game… Two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson has two assists and leads the team with 27:46 average time on ice in two playoff games this season… Defenseman Marc Methot recorded a team-high seven hits in Game 2 – his first game back after suffering a severe finger injury.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 1-for-7 (14.3%, T-9th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 5-for-6 (83.3%, T-9th NHL)… Senators power play: 1-for-6 (16.7%, T-6th NHL), Senators penalty kill: 6-for-7 (85.7%, T-7th NHL).