SENATORS at BRUINS
7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, NESN
Ottawa leads best-of-7 series 2-1
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will try to even their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators by winning Game 4 at TD Garden on Wednesday.
After Boston rallied for a 2-1 win in Game 1, the Senators have won the past two games in overtime, including a 4-3 win in Game 3 on Monday. Ottawa is 3-0-0 in Boston this season.
Here are the 5 keys for Game 4:
1. Match Boston's desperation
Ottawa coach Guy Boucher pointed out that all three home teams that played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday were trailing in their series and won Game 4. Boucher expects the Bruins will match the desperation of those teams, and he thinks the Senators will be ready.
"We're expecting their very, very best and their most desperate game of the year," Boucher said. "We know exactly what's coming tonight; we're not going to be surprised by how hard they're coming and how much they've prepared and how much they want this game, that's for sure. Our expectation is that this is going to be their very, very best and their hardest. We know that."
2. Start on time
The Bruins have to play better from the outset in Game 4 after falling behind 3-0 in Game 3.
"You can always improve on your game. Obviously our start last game wasn't where it should have been," forward Brad Marchand said. "If you take that out of the equation we had a pretty good game. ... "I think just puck management was where we got in trouble a little bit. A couple turnovers that weren't forced. We just have to take care of the puck a little better."
3. Bruins' defense gets healthier
The Bruins played Game 3 without four regular defensemen. Colin Miller, who sustained a lower-body injury in Game 1, is expected to return for Game 4. Miller had 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 61 games during the regular season.
"Hopefully [I can give the team] a bit of a lift, but we're not going to change much," Miller said.
Miller will be paired with John-Michael Liles; rookie Tommy Cross, who made his NHL postseason debut in Game 3, will be scratched.
4. Stay disciplined
The Senators are 3-for-10 on the power play; the Bruins are 2-for-10. Staying out of the penalty box is going to be even more important as the series wears on and emotions boil over. Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan's overtime goal in Game 3 came during a power play after he drew a roughing penalty on Riley Nash.
"I think it's the same for everybody, they seem to be taking the guys for retaliatory penalties," Ottawa forward Mark Stone said. "So for us we're going to have to stay out of the mess, play between the whistles and if we're going to take penalties they're good, honest penalties and don't take any cheapies."
The Senators won 53 percent of the faceoffs during the first three games, including 55 percent in Game 3. Center Derick Brassard won 18-of-24, including 11-of-15 against Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, who led the NHL with 1,089 faceoff wins during the regular season.
Those two figure to set the tone again.
"I just mixed it up, got some tips from some guys that used to play here," Brassard said of his success against Bergeron. "Just try to execute it, and it was one of those nights. I expect him to bounce back and I'm going to have to try to be at my best."
Senators projected lineup
Viktor Stalberg -- Derick Brassard -- Bobby Ryan
Injured: Mark Borowiecki (lower body)
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Backes
John-Michael Liles -- Colin Miller
Injured: Adam McQuaid (upper body), Torey Krug (lower body), Brandon Carlo (upper body)
The Senators will dress the same 18 skaters they used in Game 3. Boucher said Borowiecki is "closer every day" to returning but will miss his second straight game. ... The Bruins will use the same 12 forwards who played Monday.
Ryan has four points (two goals, two assists) in the first three games. Brassard has four points (two goals, two assists) and Karlsson has four assists. ... Pastrnak has three points (one goal, two assists) in the series and is the only Bruins player with at least one point in each game.
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