BRUINS 19-5-3 (41 pts) AT SENATORS 16-8-6 (38 pts)
10:25 p.m. - Postgame snapshots: BOS 2, OTT 1
B's Snap Skid: With tonight's 2-1 win over the Senators, the Bruins snap a two-game losing skid and improve to 20-6-3 (43 points) on the season. The Bruins will travel to Toronto tomorrow to play the Leafs on Saturday night with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Seidenberg's Game WInner: Dennis Seidenberg sent a one timer from just inside the blueline past Lehner to put the Bruins up one with 1:04 remaining, which proved to be the game winner. That goal marks Seidenberg's first of the season and his first in his last 30 games. Earning assists on the play were Chara (8) and Bergeron (18). Also important on the goal was Seguin and Bergeron in front of the Senators net, which limited Lehner's line of sight giving the puck an opportunity to find a hole to the back of the net.
Bruins Second PP: After a ten man scrum chock full of face washing and pushing, Daugavins came out with the only penalty at 6:57 for his actions against David Krejci following the whistle in the Senators crease. Ottawa once again showed the Bruins why their PK unit is ranked just behind the B's, not allowing one shot on Lehner to successfully kill off the penalty to Daugavins.
Intensity Increasing: There was lots of chippiness in the third period that started with shoving between Milan Lucic and Chris Neil down in the Senators zone. Aaron Johnson got into it with Neil as well just a few moments later back in the Bruins zone after the whistle had sounded for a stoppage in play. Not long after Johnson and Neil, Shawn Thornton and Guillame Latendresse received matching penalties at 8:51 for roughing following an exchange of pushes and face washing in the Senators zone. It's clear both squads wanted to take home the two points tonight with emotions running high throughout the third.
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9:14 p.m. - 2nd Intermission Snapshots: OTT 1, BOS 1
Paille Pots the Equalizer: Paille scored with just 1:22 left in the third period, to knot the game at 1-1 heading into the thrid. His goal was set up by Gregory Campbell who was able to win a puck battle along the neutral zone boards, dig the puck out and deliver it to Boychuk around center ice who found Paille in stride, heading into the Senators zone. Paille then let a wrister go from the middle of the faceoff circle and got it past Lehner short side in the right corner for his sixth goal of the year. Those assists mark Boychuk's fourth of the year and Campbell's fifth. On NESN during the second intermission, Paille said he opted to shoot, seeing Tyler Seguin's lane being taken away as he was crashing the net with No. 20 on a partial 2-on-1. He had noticed they weren't necessarily getting shots through, so he went for the shot - and got the result.
B's on the PP: At 11:02 into the second period, Sergei Gonchar was called for interference after taking down Zdeno Chara, who was rushing the Ottawa net. The Senators, however, were able to keep the Bruins at bay limited the B's to zero shots on net to keep the game 1-0. The B's may have had the best PK in the league coming into tonight (92.2%) but the Sens have the second ranked PK (88.4%) and showed that in the second.
Daugavins Scores: Ottawa forward Kaspars Daugavins put the Senators up 1-0 when he threw a shot from the left side boards on goal that beat Khudobin at 4:55 into the second. Unlucky for the B's as it looked like the puck may have been redirected by Ference's stick on the way in making it difficult for Khudobin to track. The goal was under review, for possibly being high-sticked in behind Khudobin by Mika Zibanajad who also had stick up, battling in front. The tally marked Daugavins' first of the year with assists coming from Zibanejad (five) and Gonchar (19). Gonchar's assist on that goal sets a franchise record for an assist streak at nine consecutive games with 13 assists during that span. It is also the longest active NHL assist streak this year.
Merlot's Chance: Gregory Campbell had one of the better chances nearly in the second period for the B's (before setting up Paille's goal), which was triggered by Shawn Thornton' strong forecheck. Thornton won the puck battle and sent the puck out to Boychuk who threw it down the blueline to Johnson who unleashed a slap shot from just north of the left faceoff circle. Campbell was able to redirect the Johnson shot, but Senators goaltender Robin Lehner was in great position and turned the puck aside.
8:18 p.m. - 1st Intermission Snapshots: BOS 0, OTT 0
Khudobin Stops Ten: Anton Khudobin gave the Bruins a solid first period between the pipes stopping all ten shots from the Senators. Khudobin had a couple big saves on odd-man rushes from the Sens, including a bid from Latendresse right on the doorstep after he was slipped the puck right in front, but the B's netminder remained poised to keep the Senators off the board. With less then ten seconds remaining, Khudobin came up huge for the B's, turning aside a barrage of shots from Ottawa's Turris and Silfverberg to carry momentum into the second period.
Krejci In: After missing the last game against the Jets with a lower-body injury, David Krejci was termed a game-time decision before tonight's matchup. The B's centerman must have been feeling good and was put into the lineup to help the B's try and turnaround their fortunes of late, which saw them lose two consecutive games. Krejci, in his very first shift, showed no hesitation jumping right into defensive shooting lanes. The forward registered two of the Bruins eight blocks that period with Seidenberg and Hamilton notching two as well.
Johnson Energized: Aaron Johnson, in his sixth game for the Bruins this year, gave a solid first-period effort skating in seven shifts for 4:10 of ice time. The B's defenseman registered one shot off a drivve (and had another one blocked) and one hit in the first period skating with Boychuk for most of the frame. His active stick cancelled out two speedy rushes by the Sens, including one by Colin Greening. You can definitely see a little extra hop in Johnson tonight, with the defenseman filling in after it was announced Adam McQuaid will be out 3-4 weeks with a shoulder strain.
Dominant on the Dot: The Bruins continued to dominate the faceoff circle in the first period winning 71% of the draws (12/17). Leading the way for the B's is the familiar face of faceoff success, Patrice Bergeron, who won all seven faceoffs he took that period. Coming into tonight, the Bruins led the league in faceoff percentage at 57.3 percent (with the next closest team at 53.) and have certainly continued their success on the dot in the first period.
7:07 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS at OTT
Match-up: The Bruins have won the previous two matchups against the Senators by a margin of just one goal in both contests (March 11, 3-2 in a shootout and Feb. 28, 2-1). After losing two games in a row to the Penguins and Jets earlier in the week, the B's will look to bounce back and collect two points from the Senators. It won't be an easy task with Senators playing hot of late, racking up 10 out of a possible 12 points in their last six games. The Black & Gold will play one more away game against Toronto (Saturday, March 23) after tonight to complete their four-game road stretch, which began on March 17 in Pittsburgh.
Starting Goaltenders: Khudobin (5-2-0, 2.30 GAA, .920 Save %) vs. Lehner (2-0-4, 2.62 GAA, .921 Save %). Khudobin is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .978 Save % in one career game against Ottawa. Lehner is 1-1-2 with a 1.94 GAA and .945 Save % with one shutout in 4 career games against Boston.
Bruins vs Senators Lifetime: The Bruins and Senators will meet for the 115th time tonight with the B’s holding a 67-32-8-7 record and a 365-282 scoring advantage in those games. The Bruins have won their last 10 games in Ottawa and hold a 32-15-3-6 record on the road against the Senators with a 171-134 scoring edge. The Senators won't go down without a fight on their home ice, having amassed a 10-1-3 record at Scotiabank Place this season.
Krejci in Pregame Skate: Bruins forward David Krejci appears to be making progress as he skated this morning with the B's at 11:30 am. Krejci missed the previous game against Winnipeg after taking a Johnny Boychuk slap shot to the lower body against Pittsburgh on March 17. Head Coach Claude Julien addressed the media this morning after pre-game skate and said Krejci would be a game time decision for tonight's tilt.
Johnson Gets the Nod: Aaron Johnson is expected to make his sixth appearance of the season with McQuaid projected to be out for 3-4 weeks after suffering a shoulder strain in Tuesday's game versus Winnipeg. Johnson has skated in 5 games so far this season and the B's are 4-0-1 when he has been in the lineup. The 29-year-old defenseman has skated in 286 NHL games in his career netting 17 goals and 45 assists for 62 points.
Peverley Out, Spooner In: With Rich Peverley a healthy scratch tonight, Ryan Spooner will get another opportunity to show off his skillset in his hometown here in Ottawa. The other scratches for the Bruins tonight are McQuaid (Shoulder) and MacDermid (Healthy Scratch).
Boston: PP: 13-for-82 (15.9%, T-22nd NHL), PK: 95-for-103 (92.2%, 1st NHL).
Ottawa: PP: 19-for-96 (19.8%, 11th NHL), PK: 99-for-112 (88.4%, 2nd NHL).