In tonight’s match up between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators the main focus was consistency. They needed to play a hard game with solid effort for the full sixty minutes. After watching the first ten minutes of the period it would appear that the break had done more harm than good for the B’s, having a hard time keeping the puck out of their zone. It wasn’t until 10:09 that the Bruins would get their first break after star forward Brad Marchand got hooked on a drive to the net, sending Sergei Gonchar to the box for the first power play of the evening. The Bruins power play is ranked 10th in the NHL at 18.7%(@NHLBruins) and moved up a notch after Milan Lucic set a screen in front, allowing Captain Zdeno Chara to put his record breaking slap shot to work, providing the team with a one-goal lead. Shortly after Shawn Thornton stepped it up and had arguably one of the best fights of the season with Chris Neil, hammering him with heavy right-hand jabs. However,the fight seemed to come with a price as Thornton sported a bag of ice across his knuckles in the penalty box and bee-lined to the bench, down the tunnel once the penalty expired. Bruins remained on top until the last 1:20 of play when Milan Michalek fired a shot at Thomas that re-directed over to Greening ending the first period with both teams even at one.
Going into the second period the main focus was to “find their legs and keep it simple,” said Milan Lucic during the intermission interview. After just four shots on goal, Milan Lucic was the only Bruin to find the back of the net with just 44.6 seconds remaining. The Bergeron line had a nice two-on-one early on in the period, along with a couple of scoring opportunities that came close but no cigar. Ottawa kept the pressure on and was able to net two against Thomas giving them a one-goal lead heading into the third period. It is no secret the Bruins have been struggling with their offense playing too deep, and that was simply the case in the second period. They got caught with too many mistakes in the neutral zone and Ottawa was able to capitalize.
2:20 into the third period the Bruins began to take a stand on yet another power play, this time coming from a tripping call on Tyler Seguin. Brad Marchand fought to get to the net, battling both Chris Phillips and Milan Michalek, got the puck and raised his arms in celebration, evening the score at three a piece. At 6:09 Boston fans would see what is arguably the best and most awkward goal of the night, from Dennis Seidenberg. Joe Corvo sent the puck up the neutral zone to Seidenberg who scored from the red line at center ice and put the Bruins up for the first time since the first period. Yes, you read that correctly, from center ice. The tempo of the game from here on out would surge to that of fury and frustration, each team trading chance for chance. With 45 seconds remaining Ottawa pulled Anderson to gain the man advantage but to no avail, Jason Spezza lands himself in the box with 4 seconds remaining in regulation and Boston soars to their eleventh straight win against the Senators, a great way to start the second half of the season. Their next match up is Thursday night to take on the Carolina Hurricanes, a team that Boston has yet to beat this season. Hopefully this win will leave them hungry for more.