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Postgame Reaction vs. Ottawa

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – B's goalie Tuukka Rask came up big for Boston, and made 32 acrobatic saves -- including a third-period shot he knocked away with his noggin -- as he picked up his second win in as many nights for the Black & Gold.

Ottawa Senators' Erik Condra, right, skates past as Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg, second from left, celebrates his go-ahead goal with David Krejci, left, and Milan Lucic during third period NHL hockey action at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. The Bruins defeated the Senators 4-2. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)
“We’ve talked about Tuukka stepping up and helping us out here,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told NESN’s Naoko Funayama after the game.

“He’s got two wins in two days here, so that’s big for him and it’s big for our club. And it’s important for us down the stretch to be able to utilize him a little more,” he said.

Tonight, as the Bruins visited Scotiabank Place in Ottawa for their second tilt in a six-game road swing, Rask picked up his seventh win of the season with the Bruins 4-2 victory. 

“It was a big win for us, we wanted to get on the winning streak and we had a good game yesterday,” Bruins center David Krejci told NESN.

“We won obviously tonight and I think we did a good job.”

After the teams traded goals in the second period, Bruins forward Nathan Horton gave the B’s their first lead of the game with his 15th goal of the year at 9:57 in the third.

“We buckled down at the end, but it was touch and go there for a while,” said Julien. 

“At the end of the day you realize how important those two points are and you come home with a win.”

Horton’s tally began a stretch that saw the B’s score three unanswered goals, including defenseman Dennis Seidenberg’s power play game-winner at 15:20. 

Marchand finished the scoring off with 4:08 in the third with his second goal of the night and 18th of the season.

Boston’s new acquisitions, Chris Kelly (who tonight played his first game as a Bruin on his longtime home ice at Scotiabank Place) and Tomas Kaberle made an immediate impact on the ice.

“They did well, both of them,” Julien told Funayama. “Kelly was very good on the draw and obviously he’s going to have to get used to his linemates, but I thought he competed well and did a great job.” 

In 15:09 of ice-time, Kelly made an impact in all three zones.

Kaberle registered 19:34 of ice time including 5:44 of power play time, where he was heavily involved. 

“He can control the puck very well, he can make great passes and he has great vision,” said Krejci of Kaberle.  

“I think he was very good on the PP and we got a goal in the third period.”

The B's will return to Boston for practice over the weekend before heading out to Western Canada for the remainder of their road-swing.

The B’s next match-up comes on Tuesday when they square off against the Calgary Flames.

---Hannah Becker
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