OTTAWA – The Boston Bruins just can't lose in Ottawa.
The Senators (13-8-5) haven't beaten the Bruins (17-3-3) on home ice since Apr. 7, 2009. The loss also snapped Ottawa's five-game winning streak at home.
While he didn't score in the shootout, Kaspars Daugavins's attempt made waves, as the Latvian broke out a trick that made him a YouTube star during his time in the American Hockey League.
Daugavins carried the puck by steering it from the top with the tip of his stick. The move finished with a spin while trying to tuck the goal past the left leg of Rask. However, Rask got his left skate in the way and stymied Daugavins's shot.
"The [skate] blade got my puck and usually I just push it in," Daugavins said. "It [stinks] not to score that. If the blade doesn't touch, I can just [push it] because his pad is pretty weak against the stick. I had room to put it under, but then I just took the safe way. It's a little unlucky."
"Now I look like a fool," Daugavins added with a laugh.
Ottawa coach Paul MacLean didn't have a problem with the shot, though he was concerned about its legality.
"My initial reaction when the stick went down was, ‘buckle up'," MacLean said. "I don't know … he's Latvian. It was very entertaining. He got an opportunity to score, didn't he? My only question was whether it was legal. Apparently it is – he was trying to do what he can to score a goal."
Rask made 30 saves for the Bruins, while Robin Lehner stopped 33 out of 35 shots. Guillaume Latendresse and Kyle Turris scored for the Sens, while Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille scored in regulation for Boston.
After missing the last 16 games with whiplash symptoms, Latendresse started on the first line alongside Zack Smith and Daniel Alfredsson. The winger quickly made his presence known, when the Senators struck 55 seconds into the first period. Latendresse burst into the Bruins' zone, deked on Rask and sent a backhand tip into the Boston net. It was his first goal since Dec. 13, 2011.
"It was great for Guillaume right off the mark to see him get [that goal]," MacLean said.
The Sens made the score 2-0, allowing Turris to break a dry spell of his own. The center sent a shot from the high slot through traffic that beat Rask on his glove side at 7:18. It was his first goal in 21 games. Chris Phillips assisted on both Sens goals in the first period – the defenseman now has four assists in the past three games.
The Senators received yet another injury scare at 11:41, when Adam McQuaid sent Chris Neil into the corner boards on the Bruins' end. Neil fell to the ice and took several minutes to get to his feet, requiring assistance from trainers to leave the ice. Patrick Wiercioch then attempted to fight McQuaid, who was given a boarding penalty for the hit and five minutes for fighting. Wiercioch received 19 minutes in penalty infractions – a fighting major, two minutes for instigating, two minutes for instigating while wearing a visor and a 10-minute misconduct. Neil returned to the bench several minutes later.
The Bruins got on the board with 44 seconds left in the period, courtesy of some quality-zone play by Zdeno Chara. Sergei Gonchar attempted to clear the puck out of the Ottawa zone, but Chara's reach kept the puck inside the blue line. Chara passed from the half boards to Thornton, who shot from the side of the right faceoff circle. Lehner leaned onto his back to make the save, but ended up pushing the puck into his own net.
Boston tied the game in the second period while catching Ottawa on a line change. Krejci sent a long, lead pass up the ice to Paille, who sent a wrist shot past the stick side of Lehner at 8:53. Krejci now has four assists in the past four games, while Paille has a two-game scoring streak.
The Bruins lost Chris Kelly early in the second period, when Neil collided with the Boston center. Kelly fell to the ice and required assistance to get to his feet, while favoring his left leg. Neil did not receive a penalty on the play. Kelly has two goals and four assists in 22 games this season and averaged 15:39 of ice time entering Monday's action.
"He's been looked at, but we're going to bring him with us to Pittsburgh [on Tuesday]," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We'll see how things pan out."
Neil did not speak to media after the game, but Phillips claimed that any insinuation of malice on Neil's part against his former teammate was inappropriate.
"That's outrageous," Phillips said. "[Neil and Kelly] are pretty good buddies off the ice. Not that [Neil] isn't going to try and hit [Kelly.] But it kind of looked like a collision. I saw the replay and I thought [Neil] was trying to spin back out of it when he hit him. He certainly wasn't leading with his knee to take him out."