Now that All Star weekend is over, the Boston Bruins returned to the Garden tonight to take on the Ottawa Senators in what looked to be Team Chara vs Team Afredsson round two. If you ask me the All-Star break could not have come at a more perfect time as the B’s are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games, due in part to injuries and suspensions. This inconsistency is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed in the Bruins locker room as pointed out by Coach Claude Julien prior to the game.
“We kind of got to get back on our horses and create that consistency that we had and the way we played and the sharpness and everything else that goes with it”, said Julien
And get back on the horse the Bruins did with a 4-3 win over the Senators. The Bruins continue their sweep of the Senators with Tim Thomas getting his third win against the team this season.
The Bruins got the first chance on the power play in the first after Brad Marchand was hooked, and they took advantage of this when oh captain, my captain Zdeno Chara scored his 8th goal of the season. Honestly, I’m surprised Anderson didn’t run out of net after watching Chara shoot that 108.8 mph shot on Saturday. With 1:20 to go in the first, the Senators evened it up with a lucky rebound goal from Colin Greening, (I say lucky because whenever anyone scores on Tim Thomas they must have some seriously good karma). Shots in the first ended up being 12-12.
Second period, The Senators shined scoring two unanswered goals one by Turris and the other by Karlsson. In the first 13 minutes the Bruins were outshot 11-2 and each and every shot left me more pouty and unlikely to answer any texts from my friends. Just as my inbox reached five new messages, the ‘Loochness monster'(Milan Lucic) took a pass from Peverley and scored making the game 3-2 with 44.6 left in the period.
Going into the third, though the Bruins were losing, there was a bright side (I always look for a bright side for the Bruins being down goals in order to save my phone from going out the window!), none of the goals scored against were due to sloppy penalties. Timmy made some hard saves and unfortunately let a few slide by.
Speaking of penalties, the Senators wished Tyler Seguin a happy 20th birthday early in the third with a trip and a power play opportunity. Seguin’s line mate Brad Marchand took advantage of the power play and tied things up with 17:40 to go in the game. Roughly 3 minutes later, Dennis Seidenberg tested the consistency of Anderson with a goal of his own from the red line that bounced off the goalie and went straight to the back of the net. And that my friends concluded all the goal scoring of the game.
The Bruins look to continue the consistency and maintain first place in the North East division with a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. Something to look forward to is the return of defenseman Andrew Ference, who is coming back after a three-game suspension. I’m calling it now that Ference will put up some numbers in this return!