B's Lose It: The Bruins fell to the Ottawa Senators 4-2 at TD Garden on Sunday night. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the winner for Ottawa with just over three minutes to go. Kyle Turris then put in an empty-net goal with 36.5 second to go to give the Senators a two goal cushion. The Bruins were down 2-0 before tying the game, getting goals from both Rich Peverley and Dennis Seidenberg. The loss means the Bruins will be the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and play the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs.
Sens Take the Lead: Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his second goal of the season at 16:26 to put the Sens on top 3-2, which proved to be the game winner. The goal came off a rebound from a shot from the point and Pageau was able to pick it up and fire it past Tuukka Rask to give Ottawa the lead.
B's Tie It: Dennis Seidenberg tied the game just 14 seconds into the third. Milan Lucic shuffled a pass from the left boards over to Seidenberg at the left point. Seidenberg held the puck, took a step in, and shot a wrister past Robin Lehner. David Krejci provided an important screen out front to give the Bruins two goals in 18 seconds dating back to their goal with four seconds remaining in the second period. The goal was Seideneberg's third of the season with Milan Lucic earning his 20th assist.
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8:50 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots OTT 2, BOS 1
B's Get on the Board: The Bruins finally broke through with a goal with 3.4 seconds left in the second period. Rich Peverley netted his sixth goal of the season, on the power play, to cut the Senators lead to 2-1. Peverley skated the puck out of the Bruins end and found Wade Redden skating up the right boards. Redden took the puck into the Ottawa end and took a hit at the right hash to get the puck to Peverley who was cutting to the net. Peverley quickly took the puck and chipped it past Robin Lehner. With two minutes remaining in the second, Sens' rookie Cory Conacher was called for holding Carl Soderberg, setting up the Bruins second power play of the night. The goal means the Bruins will not have been shutout for the entire season for just the fifth time in their history (1929-30, 1973-74, 1978-79, and 1982-83).
Cowen Extrends Sens' Lead: Sens defenseman Jared Cowen registered his first point of the season with a goal at 10:33 of the second period to put Ottawa up, 2-0. He fired a slap shot from the center of the blue line after playing catch with Sergei Gonchar and Kyle Turris across the tops of the circles. Cowen's shots whistled through traffic in the slot and past Tuukka Rask.
Matching Minors: Just 2:20 into the second period, a penalty each was called on the Bruins and Senators. Shawn Thornton was whistled for tripping and Erik Condra went to the box for interference, setting up four-on-four play for two minutes. Neither team scored during the four-on-four.
7:52 p.m. - First Period Snapshots OTT 1, BOS 0
B's Will Start 2nd On Kill: At the end of the period, Brad Marchand and Erik Karlsson engaged in a scrum behind the Ottawa goal after Marchand finished his hit on the Sens' defenseman as the horn was sounding on the period. Marchand was called for a slash, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill to start the second. So far tonight, the Bruins are 1-for-1 on the PK.
Lucic and Neil Go: In a heavy-weight bout, Milan Lucic (6-4, 220 pounds) and Chris Neil (6-1, 215 pounds) squared off with 1:24 left in the first, with Neil assumingly taking exception to a good, heavy hit by Lucic on his teammate Kyle Turris. Both landed numerous punches, with Lucic landing three straight hard rights, knocking Neil to the ice at one point. Neil got up and continued what turned into a lenghty fight. For Lucic, it is his second fight in three games. He fought the Lightning's Keith Aulie on Thursday night at TD Garden. Lucic also has two hits through the first 20 minutes and two takeaways. He put the heavy hit on Turris earlier in the period, and showed the standard Lucic "mean face" when Turris tried to give him a piece of his mind after. No. 17 is coming off a goal and an assist in Saturday night's game in D.C.
Condra Strikes First: With just 3:01 remaining in the first period, Sens' forward Erik Condra netted his fourth goal of the season to put Ottawa up 1-0. Condra picked up a rebound off of a Jean-Gabriel Pageau shot from the slot and deposited it into a vacant net. It came after Condra had slightly avoided a Johnny Boychuk hit, causing some disarray in the B's end and Boston couldn't clear. Condra hopped on the loose puck and Rask couldn't recover after his initial stop on the Sens' forward.
Soderberg Heads to the Box: At the 7:25 into the first period, Carl Soderberg was sent to the penalty box for tripping after he got tangled up with a Senators forward in the Bruins’ offensive zone. Boston’s fourth ranked penalty kill hit the ice for the first time tonight and shut down Ottawa’s 20th ranked power-play unit. After killing off the penality to Soderberg, the Bruins PK is 141-for-162 on the season.
B's go on the PP: At 2:53 into the first frame the Bruins went on their first power play of the night with Ottawa's Patrick Wiercioch called for hooking on Brad Marchand. The Bruins spent most of the man-advantage in the Senators zone but were unable to sustain enough pressure to get any scoring chances against Robin Lehner. Though, they did carry the momentum into five-on-five play. The Senators came into tonight with the league's leading power play, killing off 146 of 165 penalties (88.5%) and successfully killed off their 147th on the play.
6:30 p.m. Pregame Snapshot: BOS vs OTT
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (19-9-5, 1.97 GAA, .930 Save %) vs. Lehner (4-3-4, 2.22 GAA, .936 Save %). Khudobin is 4-0-0 with a 1.51 GAA and .952 Save % in five career games against Ottawa. Lehner is 1-3-2 with a 2.13 GAA and .942 Save % in six career games against Boston.
FIRST ROUND SCENARIOS: Depending upon the outcome of tonight’s game, the Bruins can play different three first round opponents in the playoffs. If the Bruins earn two points in a regulation win, they will play the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs. If the B’s earn two points in an OT or shootout win, they will face tonight’s opponent, the Ottawa Senators, in the first round. If the Bruins lose in any fashion they will face the Toronto Maple Leafs.
SEASON AWARDS: Prior to tonight’s game, the Bruins and 98.5 The Sports Hub will announce the winners of the Season Awards, which includes the Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination, chosen by the “Gallery Gods”), the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games, voted by Boston media), the John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions, chosen by John Bucyk) and the Bruins Three Stars (top performers at home over the course of the season, chosen by 98.5 The Sports Hub).
BRUINS VS SENATORS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Senators are meeting for the 117th time in their franchise histories with the B’s holding a 69-32-8-7 record and a 370-285 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 36-17-5-1 in 59 games at home against Ottawa with a 197-150 scoring edge. In their last 14 games against the Senators, the Bruins have posted a 13-1-0 record with their only loss coming in a 1-0 defeat in Boston on Feb. 28, 2012. Ottawa is one of three teams (Tampa Bay, Philadelphia) to never sweep Boston in a season series.
152 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 152 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following Thursday’s game. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
SENATORS NOTEBOOK: The Ottawa Senators enter tonight’s game seeking their first win against the Bruins this season, having gone 0-2-2 against Boston thus far…Ottawa will finish its eighth and final back-to-back of the season tonight. The Sens are 3-2-1 in the second half of games on back-to-back dates…Goaltender Craig Anderson leads all NHL netminders in Save % (0.941) and GAA (1.69)… Centerman Zack Smith will skate in his 200th career game tonight…Reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson returned to Ottawa’s lineup on Thursday for the first time since getting injured on Feb. 13. He has registered two assists and 54:57 of total ice time in two games since his return.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 17-for-120 (14.2%, T-27th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 140-for-161 (87.0%, 4th NHL)… Senators power play: 25-for-155 (16.1%, 20th NHL), Senators penalty kill: 146-for-165 (88.5%, 1st NHL).