|Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza, right, and defenseman Filip Kuba react as Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Horton celebrates his game winning goal with teammates during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Tuesday, March 1, 2011. The Bruins defeated the Senators 1-0. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld) |
Tuesday night, the Bruins wrapped up their trip with a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Scotiabank Place.
“It’s huge. Probably something you don’t expect to happen when you start, “B’s goaltender Tuukka Rask
told NESN’s Naoko Funayama after the game.
“Six games in a row is always tough to win on the road and we accomplished that and we have to be happy with the results.”
Rask (33 saves) came up big for Boston, collecting his ninth win and second shutout of the season. Rask also won his fourth game of the six-game road trip.
“Well it’s good. I think we’ve always felt confident with him and it’s just a matter of him finding his game a little bit,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told NESN's cameras.
“He’s played a little more lately but he’s played better as we’ve moved on here. So that’s a great sign for our hockey club.”
The teams headed into the third period with no score, but it was Nathan Horton
who gave the B’s the lead with his 18th goal of the season just 1:43 into the final frame.
Horton’s wrist shot found its way past Senators goaltender Craig Anderson (20 saves) for his third goal in as many games.
Despite Ottawa’s place in the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the new-look Senators gave the Bruins a fight.
“This was a tough game for us tonight. They had good legs, they had great goaltending and we looked like a real tired team tonight,” Julien told Funayama.
“But character took over and we persevered and found a way to win.”
Boston overcame slow start, the Black & Gold were able to maintain their pressure and composure as the Senators laid a barrage of shot on the B’s in the final minute of the game.
The Bruins will look to take the momentum they’ve gained from the road trip back home to TD Garden where Boston will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning with second place in the Eastern Conference up for grabs.
“Right now we have a couple big games coming up at home,” said Julien. “We’ve got a game against Tampa Bay that we hope will be a good battle here for second overall.”---Hannah Becker