Bruins are 2-0-1 against the Senators this season, but that still doesn’t change the fact that they have sported a win-lose-win pattern as of late. Granted they are coming off of a loss last night and have been playing better as of late, they need to step up their performance.
The lines for tonight’s game are:
Milan Lucic – Chris Kelly – David Krejci
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot – Carter Camper – Josh Hennessy
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Jordan Caron
Zdeno Chara – Johnny Boychuk
Joe Corvo – Dennis Seidenberg
Adnrew Ference – Adam McQuaid
Scratches are: Shawn Thornton(first absence of the year, illness) Nathan Horton (concussion),Rich Peverley(3rd degree MCL Sprain), Andrew Bodnarchuk (healthy scratch)
Tim Thomas is in goal for the Bruins against former Bruin Alex Auld. (Craig Anderson is scratched for the Senators with a hand injury)
Thomas has a 22-8-2 record against Ottawa and sports a 1.98GAA and .937sv% with 6 shutouts
Fun Fact: Tonight marks Gregory Campbell‘s 500th NHL game.
Tonight’s starting line-up:
1:15 into the game Bruins offense gets caught behind and Erik Karlsson capitalizes for the Sens. 1-0 OTT
Jason Spezza now has 17pts in 8 games picking up the assist.
One timer by Chara that’s low, sets up a rebound chance with Bergeron picking up the goal. 1-1 !!
“Even though Seguin is in the longest scoring drought of his career, he is playing some of the greatest hockey of the season.”Jack Edwards discussing a quote from Adam McQuaid
Neil and Marchand exchanging shoves before the face-off
Tempers are starting to flair as Andrew Ference exchanges a couple of shoves in front of Thomas after the whistle.
8:14 Chara goes to the box for what the ref calls a cross-check. (Lame call, could have let it go)
Nice penalty kill for the Bruins and Thomas gets a nice glove save off a breakaway from Greening.
16:23Seguin was looking for options, fumbled a little bit, went inside move, gives a heads up pass to Bergeron who throws it along to Marchand and he scores! 2-1 Boston
Campbell doubled over in pain. . . this doesn’t look good.
Feligno with a shot, save by Thomas who practically lays flat to save it! Good read, aggressive and outside the paint.
First Period Notes::
Campbell went to the locker room early after being doubled over in pain, we’ll have to keep an eye out for him in the second period. The Bruins were down by one in the opening minutes of the game but had a rapid reaction scoring just around three minutes later. Bruins had a nice penalty kill against the Senators and Thomas has been solid in between the pipes. The Bergeron-Seguin-Marchand line have provided a few golden opportunities early on, assuming they keep the momentum, they should be in good shape for some second period domination. Shots on goal in favor of the Bruins 13-9.
“We’re showing flashes of how we played before and we have to get back to that.”-Brad Marchand (Intermission Report with Naoko Funayama)
Bruins showing strong efforts right off the back here in second.Campbell is on the bench to start the second the Sens giving him a little souvenir for his 500th.(Puck to the face)
Bergeron with a nice attempt that is saved by Auld,steals from Greaning and tries again.He’s on fire tonight.
Camper scores!!! He gets his first professional goal in his third game and the Bruins are up 3-1!
Lucic goes to the box for roughing and the Bruins kill off another penalty kill.
Second Period Notes:
Patrice Bergeron is on a roll tonight getting almost all of the Bruins chances and second chances in some cases. He had a nice awkward bounce that he was almost able to capitalize on. The rest of his line is also performing wuite well tonight with Seguin and Marchand each having their own opportunities. Shots on goal are 29-15 in favor of the Bruins and Carter Camper gets his first goal. Nice work by the fourth line with three men behind the net and no one in front of the ice. McQuaid took an inital shot and Camper was there to bat it in. Auld has made some nice saves, but the Bruins are peppering him with shots. Very impressive second period, the best we have seen in a long time. Solid effort from the Bruins through forty. They need to keep the momentum flowing coming into the third period and keep their goals unanswered.
“We’re trying to pay attention to details at times when we were struggling we were talking too many chances and offensively playing risky . . needed to get back to basics and in turn get some good offensive opportunities. Forwards doing a great job of getting sticks in lanes, if you pressure guys it makes it more difficult to make plays. Basically just try and keep doing the things that were doing, forwards doing good job getting back and helping us out defensively.”-Adam McQuaid(Intermission Report with Naoko Funayama)
Fun Fact: Ottawa leads the League in 3rd period goals with 80, the Bruins trail by 1 in second with 79 goals.
Neil takes a shot at Boychuk who was unexpecting and BOTH players go down. Chara races over to Neil ready to stick up for the defenseman who’s on the ice. Both men huddled over in pain. (Not really sure what Neil’s problem was, looked like he was going for a legal check and Boychuck picked his head up last minute and got a face full of elbow)
Turris goes after Corvo against the boards and places a high hit to his head. Corvo goes down cradling his head. Turris goes to the box for boarding and Corvo makes his way to the bench. Ottawa is getting dirty now.
Turris doesn’t get front enough with the hit on Corvo, he left his feet and directly appeared to target his head.
Karlsson looking for Butler and Thomas dives to make the save!
Ference with a drive into the pile, Seguin with an opening for a second but couldn’t find it, just over ten to go in regulation.
Seidenberg with a shot just wide of the goal, Auld has no idea where it is, Lucic with a net drive distracts the defenseman ,Krejci with an open net bangs it in! 4-1 Boston!
Time out Boston with 7:56 remaining.
Zdeno Chara and Chris Neil going at it, Chara hitting him with some big rights, unleashing his frustrations from earlier. Boychuk not coming back to the game. Big giant loses his footing after connecting a few nice right hooks to his face and it’s broken up. Each get five for fighting.
Daniel Alfredsson picking up an 8-ft passfrom the boards and one-times it past Thomas off a deflect off the blocker. 4-2 BOS.
Daniel Alfredsson from the boards, from Spezza again and it gets past Thomas. Clearly frustrated he smashes his stick against the post. Two minutes left and frustration is setting in. 4-3 Ottawa. Bruins have already used their time-out and Chara is still in the box.
Ottawa with the empty net just under a minute.
18.2seconds left, Bergeron clears the puck from the blue line and it’s 5-3 BOS. The insurance goal. After the fact one of Ottawa’s forwards runs into Seguin spinning him around.
Bruins extend their lead to 5points ahead of Ottawa and will face-off against them at the TD Garden Tuesday night.