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Huge Third Lifts Bruins to Fifth Straight Win

Boston pots three in final frame en route to 5-2 victory over Ottawa

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - The Bruins potted three goals during a stellar third period on Saturday night to pick up a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden and extend their win streak to five and point streak to nine. Danton Heinen notched the winner at 5:43 of the final frame, before Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk added insurance tallies to close out the victory.

"I think it just shows our character and our ability to manage ourselves in games when we're not playing our best," said Marchand. "We had a really good third period and kind of took control and that's why we're a good team, because we're able to play through games like that regardless of if we're playing our best or not, and come out on the good side."

Here are some other notes and observations from the victory:

Heinen Pots Winner

Heinen did it all on his winner early in the third, starting with a strong stick in the neutral zone to disrupt Ottawa's breakout attempt and tap the puck back into the Senators' end. DeBrusk followed up with a heavy forecheck to free the puck up for Heinen at the bottom of the right-wing dot. Heinen then picked up the puck, cut to the net, and danced around Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson before burying his third goal of the season for a 3-2 Bruins lead.

"Jake made a good play on that," said Heinen. "I don't get that chance without him, so credit to him."

Heinen also picked up an assist on DeBrusk's third-period marker, giving him five points (two goals, three assists) in his last six games. DeBrusk, meanwhile, now has four points (two goals, two assists) in his last six contests.

"I thought Jake was better tonight, trying to get to the net, get inside, so I'm glad to see him get rewarded," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "Goal scorers, doesn't matter when they score, they feel better about their game and I thought it wasn't a cheap one. It was a good shot, a good play.

"Heinen's was a good [one, too] - he won a battle on the wall. Things we've asked Danton to do better this year is be heavier on pucks and battles. I thought he was tonight.…once he gets in open ice he tends to be able to find the right areas to go to, and good for him."

Video: OTT@BOS: Heinen cuts to the front to put Bruins ahead

More Than A Game 

The game was stopped for more than 10 minutes after a terrifying collision between David Backes and Senators forward Scott Sabourin early in the first period. Just over three minutes into the contest, Sabourin lined up Backes for a hit along the boards and appeared to lose consciousness immediately on contact, before falling hard to the ice.

Backes and players from both teams signaled urgently for medical assistance as Sabourin lay motionless on the ice. Sabourin was tended to by the medical staffs of both teams and eventually left the arena via a stretcher. Per the Senators, the 27-year-old was transported to a local hospital and was "conscious and speaking with the attending doctors at the time of leaving the arena."

"It's extremely unfortunate what happened with Sabourin," said Marchand. "We're all thinking about him and hope that he's OK. You never want to see that happen to anybody and it's scary. It kinds of shakes you after that happens and it's tough to get back in the mindset of playing a game, but I think everyone just kind of got through that period and then after the first tried to regroup and get back at it."

In a stellar sign of sportsmanship, every player from both teams left the benches and lined up along the boards to wish Sabourin well as he was wheeled off the ice.

"I think it goes beyond just that particular game tonight," said Patrice Bergeron. "It's for the well-being of a fellow player. Even though he's on the other side, you still wish him the best and I thought that was the right thing to do, the only thing to do really. He was on the ice for a while and it wasn't pretty. I think it was a show of respect for both sides."

Video: Pastrnak and Heinen power Bruins past Senators, 5-2

Backes Shaken Up

Backes was on the receiving end of Sabourin's hit, which appeared to catch him in the chin, and was visibly shaken as the medical staffs tended to the winger. He remained on the ice until after Sabourin was removed, but eventually retreated to the dressing room. Backes, who played just 34 seconds, did not return because of what the Bruins termed as an upper-body injury.

"I didn't really know what was going on there…that's tough to go through on the other side too," said Marchand. "You don't ever want to see somebody get hurt and it's unfortunate the way it kind of played out. I'll say again, we don't want to see Backes get hurt. Hopefully they're both OK and in recovery and they're back at it soon."

Video: Cassidy Addresses Media after 5-2 Win vs. OTT

Go for the Kill

Just over three minutes after the Senators tied the game, 2-2, at 3:04 of the second, they had a golden opportunity to seize the lead when Marchand was given six minutes in penalties - two for hooking and four for spearing - with Ottawa already on the power play. The Senators had a 55-second 5-on-3 advantage, followed by 5:05 of 5-on-4, but were unable to score as the Bruins - led by Tuukka Rask (30 saves) - pieced together a stellar all-hands-on-deck penalty killing performance that had the TD Garden crowd on its feet.

"I think it is a big, big part of why we won the game tonight," said Cassidy. "We did a hell of a job to keep it out of our net…they kept us in the game with that. Big kill. Special teams were the difference tonight."

Video: Marchand Addresses Media After 5-2 Win Over Sens

There They Go Again 

The Bruins also potted two power-play goals, with David Pastrnak (just 1:17 into the game off a long-distance bank pass from Torey Krug) and Marchand (6:50 of the third) netting the tallies to highlight yet another monster night for Boston's top line. Pastrnak went on to add two impressive assists - one each on the tallies by Marchand and Bergeron - to extend his point streak to 11 games (13-14-27) and regain the league's scoring lead.

"He is on another level right now, his ability to make plays, both his pass to Bergy on the second goal and his pass to me on the third," said Marchand. "He's just seeing things that other guys just could never see, so fun to watch right now. He's feeling it and he's trying everything and it's working for him, so hopefully that continues."

Marchand also added a helper to push his assist streak to 11 games and point streak (8-15-23) to 12 games - both of which are career highs.

Bergeron picked up an assist on Marchand's third-period marker, giving him 500 for his career. He is just the sixth player in Bruins history to reach that plateau, joining Ray Bourque, Johnny Bucyk, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, and Wayne Cashman.

Video: OTT@BOS: Pastrnak scores PPG off dump-in

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