BRUINS 22-8-4 (48 pts) vs SENATORS 19-10-4 (44 pts)
9:40 p.m. - Postgame Snapshots: FINAL BOS 3, OTT 2
Bruins Top Sens: Nathan Horton provided the game winner for the Bruins, propelling them past the Senators to give Boston a 3-2 victory for their second consecutive win. The Bruins are back in action this Thursday at TD Garden and will take on the New Jersey Devils at 7:00 p.m. ET.
B's on the PK: The Bruins went on the penalty kill for the final time of the game with 32.3 seconds remaining after Johnny Boychuk was called for interference. With the Senators' goaltender pulled, the Bruins had a two man disadvantage, with the final seconds consisting of six-on-four play. The Bruins remained poised and were able to ward off Ottawa final surge in the closing seconds, but ultimately stymied the Senators, givng the B's two points and the win.
Horton Nets His 12th: At 10:21 into the final period, Nathan Horton netted his 12th goal of the season to give the Bruins a lead. Horton's goal proved to be the game winner with assists getting credited to Milan Lucic (17) and David Krejci (21). Horton's goal extends his point and goal streak to four straight games (1-4=5).
Bruins Back on the PP: Ottawa's Hoffan at 2:32 for putting his hand on the puck penalty. The Bruins were able to move the puck well on this power play opportunity but were unable to sustain enough pressure on Lehner to get themselves any scoring opportunities.
Benoit Ties It: At 18:05, Andre Benoit connected for his third goal of the season. It was an unusual goal, however, with the play resuming for an additional 45 seconds before the whistle blew, putting the play under review. It did not take long for the referees to confirm that the puck did in fact enter the B's net to tie the game 2-2. The play was a bit of an optical illusion as it hit the second roof crossbar and bounced out without making the typical 'ringing' noise the puck and post normally makes. Earning assists on the play were Mika Zibanejad (16) and Silfverberg (seven).
Shots Fired: With Horton's goal, the B's matched a season-high 46 shots. The last time the Bruins had 46 shots came against Ottawa on February 28, with the Bruins coming out on top 2-1. In that same game the combined shot total was 77, which was easily passed tonight with both squads accumulating a total of 97 shots on net (Bruins 50, Senators 47). Tonight also marks the first time Boston has allowed 40 or more shots this season. Tyler Seguin accounted 12 of the Bruins' 50 shots which is the most since Bill Guerin registered 12 vs. Minnesota on November 8, 2001
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Next Game: The Bruins are back in action this Thursday at TD Garden and will take on the New Jersey Devils at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Update: Patrice Bergeron will not return to tonight's game, after heading down the tunnel in the second period.
8:42 p.m. - 2nd Intermission Snapshots: BOS 2, OTT 1
Shot Counter on Fire:
Through two periods, the Bruins and Senators have combined for 65 shots on goal, with the Bruins holding the slight edge at 33-32. Of those 33 shots, Tyler Seguin has eight shots on goal, four B's have three, and all but three players have at least one shot on goal. Safe to say both teams have their skating legs tonight, pushing the pace.Peverley Called for Tripping:
At 10:47 into the second period, after a loose puck in front of Lehner saw the Bruins try to whack it into the back of the net and the Sens try to clear, Rich Peverley was called for tripping and was sent to the box for two minutes. The Bruins were able to fend off three shots on net and successfully killed off the penalty to Peverley without any damage done to keep the game 2-1.
Bruins Go on the PP:
At 2:13 into the second frame, the Bruins went on the power play for the second time of the night with Jim O'Brien called for hooking (his second hooking penalty of the game). The Bruins kept pressure on the Senators with the man advantage, but the Senators' defense and Robin Lehner came up with timely blocks and saves to keep the puck out of their net.Bergeron Hot on the Dot:
Patrice Bergeron, who came into tonight leading the NHL in faceoff percentage, was solid on the dot for the B's winning seven of nine faceoffs (78%), before having to head down the tunnel past the midway point of the second. Other notable Bruins having success on faceoffs tonight are Gregory Campbell (3/5, 60%), Milan Lucic (2/3, 67%) - who doesn't often take more than a couple of draws - and David Krejci (4/7, 57%). As a team, the Bruins are winning faceoffs at a 58% rate (18/31) after coming into the night leading the NHL with a 57.1% win percentage.Khudobin Solid:
After allowing a quick goal in the first, Khudobin made 18 saves in the first period and stopped all 13 shots he faced in the second. The Bruins netminder has now made 31 saves on the night in the firing fest.
7:42 p.m. - 1st Intermission Snapshots: BOS 2, OTT 1Bruins on the PK:
At 8:50 into the first period, Andrew Ference was called for a hand on the puck penalty to put Bruins in a shorthanded situation for the first time in tonight's game. The league-leading penalty kill was put to work with Anton Khudobin making three big stops to aid the B's in killing their first penalty of the night. The Bruins even had a solid shorthanded scoring chance with Rich Peverley leading a 2-on-1 attack up ice into the Senators zone, with Jay Pandolfo down the left wing. Peverley opted to keep the puck and shoot it, but was stopped by Ottawa's Robin Lehner to keep the game 2-0.B's on the PP:
With 6:05 gone in the first period, Jim O'Brien was called for hooking to put the Bruins on the power play for the first time tonight against the Senators' strong PK unit (second in the league behind the Bruins at 89.1 percent). The B's had a couple good chances on the power play, including a no-look backhand pass form Milan Lucic to David Krejci, but Lehner made a strong left-to-right push to to keep Krejci's shot out.Seguin Scores:
Just 61 seconds after the Bruins tied it up 1-1 (see below), Brad Marchand came streaking into the Senators zone down the left faceoff circle, as Tyler Seguin gained puck possession and then skated hard to the net to make himself open in front for the feed. Seguin controlled the puck off the pass from Marchand and was able to put a shot past Lehner to give the B's the 2-1 lead on his 12th of the season. It marked Marchand's 15th assist of the season.Krejci Ties It:
Though the Sens got on the boards first (see below), just 40 seconds later, the Bruins were able to answer when Zdeno Chara unleashed a slapshot from the blueline that David Krejci was able to to tip and redirect just enough to get it past Lehner to tie it up 1-1. That goal is Krejci's ninth of the year with Chara and Milan Lucic earning their 15th and 16th assist of the year respectively. Lucic's assist on the play extends his point streak to three straight games (0-3=3).Senators Go Up 1-0:
Just under there minutes into the first period, Ottawa's Colin Greening took advantage of a loose puck after a forced turnover in the Bruins zone right out in front of the net and put a backhander past Khudobin blocker-side. That goal is Greening's seventh goal of the season with Zach Smith earning his 11th assist.40 Shots in a Period:
The last time this happend in a Bruins' game was on January 28, 2006 vs the Islanders. In the third period of the game, Boston had 19 shots and the Isles had 21, with New York topping Boston 4-3.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs OTT
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Khudobin (7-3-0, 2.07 GAA, .925 Save %) vs. Lehner (3-1-4, 2.05 GAA, .940 Save %). Khudobin is 2-0-0 with a 1.81 GAA and .939 Save % in two career games against Ottawa. Lehner is 1-2-2 with a 1.95 GAA and .943 Save % with one shutout in five career games against Boston.
BRUINS ACQUIRE JAGR FROM DALLAS: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, April 2, that the club has acquired forward Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Lane MacDermid, the rights to unsigned draft pick Cody Payne and a conditional second round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The 2013 second round pick will become a 2013 first round pick if the Bruins advance to the Eastern Conference finals during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jagr will wear #68 and is scheduled to join the Bruins on Wednesday, April 3.
CEREMONIAL PUCK DROP: Victoria Arlen of Exeter, NH is an 18-year-old paralympic swimmer who, at age 11, lost the use of her legs due to a rare viral disease called transverse myelitis. The disease left Arlen in a coma for nearly two years. Upon her recovery, she began playing sled hockey and was named to the 2011 Women's National Team. Arlen's sled hockey success is what drove her to get back in the pool, and last year she traveled to London for the 2012 Paralympic Games where she won three silver medals and one gold medal, and set a world record time in the 100-meter freestyle event. Arlen is a passionate, lifelong Boston Bruins fan, and one of her childhood dreams was to someday drop the puck at Bruins home game.
BRUINS VS SENATORS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Senators will meet for the 116th time tonight with the B’s holding a 68-32-8-7 record with a 367-283 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 35-17-5-1 in 58 games at home against Ottawa with a 194-148 scoring edge. In their last 13 games against the Senators, Boston is 12-1-0, with their last loss coming on February 28, 2012 where the B’s fell 1-0. The Bruins are 24-5-0 in their last 29 games against Ottawa and are 5-1-0 in their last six in Boston.
PROJECTED LINES BASED ON WARMUPS:
Note: Kaspars Daugavins took warmups with the B's, sporting #16, but will not be in tonight's lineup against the Senators.
STREAKING: Nathan Horton comes into tonight’s tilt on a three-game point/goal streak recording three goals and one assist during that span. Linemate Milan Lucic has a two-game point streak (0-2=2) of his own, having notched an assist against Buffalo and Philadelphia.
144 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 144 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following last Wednesday’s game. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
20 B’S PARTICPATE IN CUTS FOR A CAUSE: Yesterday, 20 Bruins spent their off day participating in the sixth annual Cuts for a Cause to benefit the Shawn Thornton Foundation, Bruins Foundation and the Floating Hospital at Tufts Medical Center. The sold-out event saw record success, raising $76,000, topping last years total, which generated $58,123.15.
SENATORS NOTEBOOK: Tonight marks the first of a seven game road stretch for the Senators spanning from April 2 to April 15. Ottawa will begin and end the consecutive road stretch in Boston… The Senators franchise is currently two wins shy of 700…The Senators PK is ranked 2nd in the NHL (114-128, 89.1%), second only to the Bruins (108-119, 90.8%)…Kyle Turris is currently three points shy of 100 NHL points… Among current Senators, Daniel Alfredsson has played the most career games against Boston (84) and leads in goals (26), assists (42) and points (68)… The Senators will be without Craig Anderson, Erik Karlsson, Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza due to injuries.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 14-for-92 (15.2%, 23rd NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 108-for-119 (90.8%, 1st NHL)… Senators power play: 21-for-106 (19.8%, 10th NHL), Senators penalty kill: 114-for-128 (89.1%, 2nd NHL