Finally, the Boston Bruins provided their fans with a solid third period effort and go figure, came from behind to win. While it may not have been a solid sixty minute effort, they gave the effort in the twenty minute frame that mattered most, the last.
The deciding factor came down to the wire, the Bruins and Senators being tied at a goal a piece. It would prove to be a battle of the goaltenders as both Anton Khudobin and Robin Lehner made impressive and over the top save to keep their respective teams going. As the clock dwindled down the tempers began to flair, but the Bruins maintained their composure and proved they wanted the victory more.
The first twenty minutes of the game proved to be a stalemate as both teams battled back and forth but were only able to register a total of 9 shots combined between the two of them, the Bruins holding only three of them. The first goal came from Kaspars Daugavins at 4:55 of the middle frame after he was able to beat Khudobin glove side and ring it off the far post into the back of the net. The goal wasn’t exactly a welcomed change of pace, but considering the last five out of six losses have been come-from-behind, it was a momentum changer for the Bruins who had to battle back in order to stand a fighting chance through the remaining 35 minutes of play.
They were unable to pull off anything spectacular right away, but as the clock dwindled Daniel Paille went wide and had Tyler Seguin flying up the middle. As Robin Lehner got caught looking at Seguin, Paille snapped the puck and beat him to tie the game in the last minute of the middle frame.
As the third period commenced, both teams had their game-faces on and the tempers began to flare. It seemed as though each time the Bruins entered the Senators crease someone was being knocked down in it or behind it from Seguin to Krejci to Campbell. With the clock winding down and each team battling for the game-winning goal, it was expected. As teh Senators tried to get under the skin of the Bruins, they were able to keep their cool and in the final 64 seconds, net the go-ahead goal from Dennis Seidenberg with his first of the year.
“It was one minute to go, Z[deno] laid it over and my only option was to get it on net and to find the back and luckily it was game-winner.” -Dennis Seidenberg post-game
The Bruins are now 20-6-3 (43 points) on the season and sit a mere victory away (2 points) from being tied with the Montreal Canadiens (20-5-5) for first place in the Division. Their next game is scheduled for Saturday night in Toronto where they look to sweep the series against the Leafs for the second consecutive season.