Clarke MacArthur | Playoff Performer of the Night

You couldn't script it if you tried.

You couldn't script it if you tried.

Clarke MacArthur tallied the game-winning overtime goal for the Ottawa Senators in their 3-2 win Sunday night to clinch their opening series against the Boston Bruins.

Since October 2015, MacArthur has been mostly sitting on the sidelines while working to overcome concussion-related issues. But on April 4, he made an emotional return to NHL action, skating in just his 10th game of the season (both regular and playoffs). The goal was his second of the series and his return.

The forward from Lloydminster, Alberta, skated in 9:44 in his season debut against the Detroit Red Wings, and has steadily ramped up to nearly double his ice time.

"There's a lot of great stories in this room, but I don't think there's probably one better than that one," said Senators coach Guy Boucher. "You saw what he had to go through all year, and I think everybody wrote him off for sure, I think maybe himself at some point. But he fought through."

MacArthur echoed the sentiments of his coach, speaking to reporters post game.

"There was a few times that I did for sure. There's nothing like living in the NHL and living in these playoffs, and [the end is] something everyone is going to have to deal with one day. But I want to stretch it out as long as I can, obviously, and with the staff and our whole organization helping me get back and sticking with me, it's just a great feeling."

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