The Ottawa Senators were looking to finish the series against the Boston Bruins tonight and secure their ticket to round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Sens had home ice advantage at the Canadian Tire Centre and a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.
There was a lot of anticipation.
And it didn't take long for the Senators to deliver. Mike Hoffman made a pass to Mark Stone leading to Stone's first career playoff goal on a beautiful breakaway.
Then, nearly 30 seconds into the second period, the Senators' Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored and Ottawa had high hopes of a home ice series victory.
In case anyone was getting comfortable, the Bruins banged one in. Brad Marchand got the puck in front of the net and David Pastrnak slipped it past Senators goalie Craig Anderson.
Then Sean Kuraly scored his first career goal to tie it up for the Bruins. He'll come up again.
That got some people doubting if the Senators were going to be able to keep it together.
With a scoreless third period, including two Sens powerplays in the dying minutes, it was off to overtime.
The Senators benefited from a couple of no-goal calls to get through overtime. In this attempt, Pageau managed to keep the puck out the Sens' net.
The Senators survived the first overtime and the second would prove to be a challenge of endurance.
But, alas, it wasn't meant to be — at least not Friday night.
Kuraly scored his second-ever NHL goal, becoming an unlikely hero for the Bruins.
Now, it's off to Boston Sunday where the Senators will try to finish the series — again.