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Snapshots: Bruins vs. Senators

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins (12-5-1) vs. Ottawa Senators (7-7-4)

10:20 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 2, OTT 4

The Boston Bruins fall to the Senators in Ottawa, snapping a four-game winning streak in the 4-2 loss. The Bruins got goals from forwards Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand early on in the game, but the B's had no answer to four-straight goals from the Senators.  The Bruins streak of 11-straight wins in Ottawa also comes to an end with tonight's set back. The Black & Gold are back in action this Monday in Raleigh, NC where they will take on the Carolina Hurricanes.  Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

Senators forward Bobby Ryan put back pressure on Reilly Smith, picking his pocket in the Bruins zone.  Ryan then took a few hard lunges at Tuukka Rask, before he fired a wrister through five-hole, for the fourth unanswered goal for the Senators, giving Ottawa a 4-2 lead at 11:52 into the third.

The Ottawa Senators took their first lead of the game when Jared Cowen notched his third goal of the year on a slap shot taken from the just in front of the blueline above the left faceoff circle in the B's zone. Traffic in front of Tuukka Rask appeared to limit his ability to track the puck, giving it a chance to sneak between his leg pads. Tonight marks only the fourth time this season that Rask has allowed more than two goals in a game.

Ottawa's Jason Spezza tied the game early on in the third period, when Erik Karlsson threw a perfect cross-ice pass to Spezza who was positioned just below the face off circle in the Bruins zone. Spezza, with no defenders around, took the one-timer and beat Rask clean to tie the game just 1:32 into the third period for his ninth goal of the season.

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The Bruins are back in action on Monday in Raleigh, NC when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes.  Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

9:20 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, OTT 1

After allowing a goal in the first period, Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask bounced back and had a perfect middle frame stopping all seven Senators second period shots.  Rask has seen a relatively light workload thus far, having seen a total of 11 shots heading into the third period. On the other side of the ice, Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson has stopped 20 of 22 shots faced. Rask, who entered tonight 4-0-1 in his last five starts, has allowed two or fewer goals in 12 out of 15 games played this season.

Ottawa centerman Zack Smith was whistled for kneeing with 8:18 to go in the second period, putting Boston on the their first power play of the evening. The Bruins escaped an Ottawa shorthanded scoring opportunity just 13 seconds into the power play, when Tuukka Rask stopped a point-blank attempt on the Senators Clarke MacArthur, who barreled into Rask knocking the goal loose.  The Bruins, while sustaining some pressure in the Senators end of the ice, were unable to develop any solid scoring chances, which allowed Ottawa to kill off their 70th penalty of the season.

Winger Carl Soderberg was called for hooking at 3:05 into the first period to put the Bruins on their first penalty kill of the evening.  The Bruins allowed three shots on net during the Ottawa power play, but B's goaltender Tuukka Rask was able to turn aside each attempt to kill of the teams' 27th straight penalty.

8:11 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 2, OTT 1

Ottawa forward Chris Neil cut the Bruins lead in half with under a minute to go in the first period, beating Tuukka Rask blocker-side after the B's turned it over in their own zone. The goal developed after he intercepted an ill-advised Torey Krug pass, that was intended for fellow blueliner Dennis Seidenberg.  The unassisted goal marks Neil's third of the season.

Brad Marchand extended the Bruins lead to 2-0, when he was able to slip through the Ottawa defense and snipe the corner on Anderson, glove-side high with 9:50 left in first period.  The play was set up by Matt Bartkowski who skated through the neutral zone creating space, before dumping the puck to Marchand, who was able to convert for his third goal of the year.  Loui Eriksson picks up assist for his fifth of the season along with Bartkowski who earns his third. Bartkowski now has a multiple point game with two assists.  Eriksson's assist extends his point streak to five straight games.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead at the 13:57 mark in the first frame of play when Matt Bartkowski blasted a shot from the blueline which deflected off the stick of Loui Eriksson past Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson. The goal developed off of a faceoff in the Senators zone, with Patrice Bergeron winning the draw, which allowed the puck to get to Bartkowski just below the blueline, who then fired the puck on net with lots of traffic in front.  Bergeron is credited with an assist on the play, extending his point streak to four games with 3-2=5 totals during that span. Bartkowski's role in the play earns him his third assist of the season in seventh appearence of the season.

7:00 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: Bruins vs. Senators

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (10-4-1, 1.53 GAA, .948 Save %) vs. Anderson (4-5-2, 3.30 GAA, .906 Save %). Rask is 4-1-0 with a 1.77 GAA and .940 save % with one shutout in six career games against Ottawa. Anderson is 3-8-0 with a 3.46 GAA and .899 save % in 11 career games against Boston.

BRUINS VS SENATORS LIFETIME: The Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators will meet for the 118th time tonight with the Bruins holding a 69-33-8-7 record and a 372-289 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 33-15-3-6 in their 57 lifetime meetings against the Senators in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 173-135 in those contests. The Bruins are 13-2-0 in their last 15 meetings against the Senators with the B’s carrying an 11 game win streak in Ottawa with their last road loss to Ottawa dating back to April 7, 2009.

B’S 9 OUT OF 10 IN THE HOMESTAND: The Bruins concluded their five-game homestand with a win last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The B’s earned nine out of ten points during their season long home stretch, with four wins and a shootout loss. Forward Milan Lucic scored the game-winner against Columbus scoring his first ever overtime goal, giving him eight goals on the year which ranks first on the team. Goaltender Chad Johnson made his TD Garden debut against Columbus blocking 32 shots out of 34 during en route to his second win of the year and the B’s 12th win of the season.

BRUINS ON A ROLL: Five Bruins players are on point streaks right now with defenseman Torey Krug on a five game five point streak notching 2-3=5 totals. Forward Loui Eriksson is on a four game point streak of four points recording 1-3=4 totals while fellow linesman Patrice Bergeron is on a three game steak of four points with 3-1=4 totals. Both Milan Lucic and Gregory Campbell are on a two game point streak with two points each with Lucic tallying 1-1=2 totals and Campbell 0-2=2 totals.

MILESTONES APPROACHING: Dennis Seidenberg is expected to play his 600th NHL game tonight.

SENATORS NOTEBOOK: Tonight’s game is the fourth in a five-game homestand for the Senators who have earned a 3-4-2 through nine home games this season…Goaltender Robin Lehner has been recognized as the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the period ending November 10, stopping 91 of 95 shots to help the Senators win all three of their games last week… Forward Chris Neil holds the Senators’ all-time lead in penalty minutes (2,044) and is fourth all-time in the club in games played (797).

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 9-for-49 (18.4%, 16th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 50-for-58 (86.2%, 5th NHL)… Senators power play: 9-for-54 (16.7%, 21st NHL), Senators penalty kill: 69-for-82 (84.1%, 11th NHL)…

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