The Boston Bruins defeated one of the hottest teams in the NHL, the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, in front of 19,786 at Scotiabank Place on Tuesday night and, in the process, snapped their five-game losing streak. Bruins goalie Joey MacDonald stopped 32 Senators shots, Petr Kalus scored his 1st NHL goal and captain Zdeno Chara
scored the game-winner for the Black & Gold.
"I thought that we played very well for 60-minutes," said Chara after the game. "We were putting pucks at the net and that's how we scored the goals."
It didn't start all that well for the B's as Ottawa sniper Dany Heatley, who scored his 46th goal at just the :55 mark, put the Sens up 1-0.
MacDonald, Boston's surprise starter, let the first shot he saw (from Heatley) go through him, but regained his form and kept his net clean for the rest of the first period (11 saves).
"I thought that the guys responded pretty well from the last game," said MacDonald. "I thought we got outworked there in Pittsburgh and we had a hard day yesterday.
"I gave up the first one on the first shot. You don't want to do that, but…we went out and buried one a few minutes later."
As such, Boston's assistant captain Patrice Bergeron
scored his 21st of the year on the power play, with help with from Brandon Bochenski, at 7:40 to tie the score, 1-1.
The B's got into some penalty troubles in the period and took five minor penalties, leading to five Ottawa power plays.
However, thanks in part to the first NHL marker from forward Petr Kalus, the Bruins took control of the game in the second period and never looked back.
Although Ottawa's Mike Fisher had scored at 1:49 to give the Sens a 2-1 lead, Kalus took a nifty pass from Mark Mowers and put his premiere marker by Emery, the Ottawa keeper.
Then, just 47-seconds later and against his former team, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara
scored his 11th goal of the year with assists going to Stanislav Chistov and Bergeron.
"I am not looking at it that way," said Chara of his game-winning goal against Ottawa. "I just want to win as many games as possible."
MacDonald was brilliant at times, and despite letting in one goal in the middle session, he kept the B's in the game and finished the second stanza with 19 total saves.
"Joey was good when he had to be good," said Bruins head coach Dave Lewis.
Ottawa poured shots on in the third, but MacDonald, who finished with 32 saves, held on for the win.
"I think, overall, we worked really hard," said Lewis. "That was the biggest difference."
"We have six games (left) and we just have to play like we did tonight," said the goalie. "To come in here and take two points like that, it's a big confidence boost for us and we just have to keep that going into the next game."
They better do that.
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins visit the TD Banknorth Garden on Thursday.