– One thing that nobody can do with this Boston Bruins team is count them out of a game. Monday night, despite falling behind, 2-0, to the Ottawa Senators just 7:18 into the game, the Black & Gold rebounded for a 3-2, shootout victory that extended their win streak to three games.
The victory also gave the B’s their 10th straight win in Ottawa, and improved their road record to 9-1-2 – the best start away from home in team history.
Shawn Thornton cut the deficit to 2-1, with only 44 seconds remaining in the first period, to give the Bruins some momentum heading into the second. Thornton’s linemate Daniel Paille then tied the game at 8:53 of the middle period, before Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci – the winner – scored in the shootout.
“[We got] two goals behind right away, but the goal we scored at the end of the first was kind of big for us,” said Bruins’ captain, Zdeno Chara, following the win. “Obviously, we didn't start well, but as the [first] period went on, we were playing better and better.
“We were much better in the second, and I think in the third – that was the best 20 of the game. In the shootout, we ended up scoring some goals. It was nice to win a game.”
In the first round of the shootout, Tyler Seguin and Jacob Silfverberg were both denied, while the second round saw both Kyle Turris and Patrice Bergeron net goals.
Turris blew a wrist shot past Tuukka Rask (30 saves) and Bergeron fired a shot through Robin Lehner’s five-hole. Daniel Alfredsson and Brad Marchand were stopped in the third frame, leading to an exciting round of sudden death.
Kaspars Daugavins got things started for Ottawa with a trick shootout attempt that will be talked about for quite some time. The Sens’ forward skated all the way in on Rask with the toe of his stick controlling the puck.
When he got to the crease, Daugavins spun and Rask, using his patience to stay with the Senator, made a stunning save with his left toe.
“I haven't had a chance to look at it closely,” B’s Head Coach Claude Julien said after the game, of Rask’s save. “I know he got the pad back there at the last second."
"The save was made and I thought it was a great attempt by them and a great save by our goalie.”
“If he scores it's a highlight goal, it's all legal," said Julien on the attempt. "You want to see excitement in shootouts and he gave them that. Nothing illegal, so I have no issue with that. We're trying to make our game exciting and I think that gave some of the fans some excitement.”
The attempt was not as exciting as David Krejci’s try that followed, however. The center skated in on Lehner and sniped one over the Ottawa goalie's glove, into the top right corner of the net, to cap off the comeback.
“Well, I'll tell you what. [We were] kind of a little lucky to come out of here with a win the way we started the game,” Julien said. “We talked about [Ottawa] competing hard and that's what they did at the beginning, and it put us on our heels. It took a long time to get ourselves back in the game.
“I felt our team was getting a little bit better each period. First, we were slow as snails, and then we picked up a little better in the second, and the third we had more tempo in our game. It was a hard fought win, and [I’m] happy to come out of here with two points.”