BOSTON BRUINS (25-10-2) vs. OTTAWA SENATORS (15-17-7)
9:35 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 5, OTT 0
BRUINS BEAT SENATORS 5-0: Tuukka Rask earned his 4th shutout of the year, making 33-33 saves. The Bruins win their third game in a row and improve to 26-10-2 on the season. Iginla, Krejci, Marchand, and two goals from Reilly Smith provided the offense for Boston. Lucic, Krug, Bartkowski, McQuaid, Boychuk, Marchand, and Bergeron (two) had helpers.
MARCHAND SCORES SHORTHANDED: Brad Marchand turned a late interference penalty against Adam McQuaid into Boston's 5th goal of the night when he intercepted a pass and skated down the rink on a breakaway. He deked out Lehner and beat him glove side for a shorthanded goal to make it 5-0.
BRUINS PILE ON ANOTHER: Reilly Smith potted his second goal of the night and his 14th of the season when he chipped a loose puck over the right shoulder of Lehner with 2:34 left in the game. Patrice Bergeron picked up his second assist of the night and his 12th of the season as the Bruins increased their lead to 4-0.
BRUINS EXTEND THEIR LEAD: The Bruins extended their lead to 3-0 at 10:20 of the third period when Brad Marchand took a feed from Patrice Bergeron and skated the puck up the left side of the rink on a two-on-one, eventually feeding a pass to the right circle, setting up Reilly Smith for his 13th goal of the season.
B'S GO ON THE MAN-ADVANTAGE, THEN KILL OFF A PENALTY: For the second time in the contest, the Bruins were given a power play when Jean-Gabriel Pageau was whistled for high-sticking at 4:49 into the second period. The Bruins generated small bursts of momentum, creating a couple scoring opportunities, but none they were able to convert on. Shortly after their power play chance expire, the Bruins found themselves shorthanded when Milan Lucic was called for cross-checking in the Ottawa zone along the boards. Ottawa failed to get on the board during their man-advantage, making their power play units 0-2 on the evening.
KREJCI DOUBLES THE B'S LEAD: Just 38 seconds into the third period, David Krejci doubled the B's lead when put the puck in the back of the net while Robin Lehner was slightly out of position for his eighth goal of the season. Matt Bartkowski and Adam McQuaid factored in on the goal chipping in their seventh and three assist of the season respectively.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action tomorrow night against the Senators in Ottawa for the second game of the home-and-home set.
8:33 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, OTT 0
IGINLA CONVERTS ON THE POWER PLAY: Reilly Smith was clipped in the face deep in the Ottawa zone by Jared Cowen of the Senators at the 5:01 mark, putting the Bruins on the man-advantage for the first time in the evening. Jarome Iginla took full advantage on the power play and was able to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he scooped up a Torey Krug slapshot that deflected to the right faceoff circle and put it past Lehner. The goal marks Iginla's 11th of the season with Torey Krug and Milan Lucic earning the assists for their 12th and 15th of the season, respectively. With Iginla's power play goal, the Bruins how now registered a goal on the man-advantage in three straight games for the first time since January 22 - 31, 2012.
FOUR-ON-FOUR PLAY: At the 9:34 mark, two matching penalties -- Reilly Smith for high-sticking and Jean-Gabriel Pagaeu for roughing -- yielding two minutes of four-on-four play. The Bruins managed the keep the puck in the Senators zone for a majority of the two-minute frame, registering two shots, including a rocket of a slapshot form Johnny Boychuk which seemed to sting Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner.
B'S COME OUT AGGRESSIVE: At the 15:04 in the second period, the Bruins matched and exceeded their shot total from the first period, registering eight shots just under five minutes into the period. In the first period the Bruins finished the frame with just five shots on net to the Senators 15.
7:41 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, OTT 0
MARCHAND CATCHES IRON: The Bruins ahd their best scoring chance of the first period, when Brad Marchand led a rush up ice shortly after Tuukka Rask stopped a Cory Conacher bid in the Bruins zone. Marchand raced up the right wing through the neutral zone, into Ottawa territory and snapped a wrister, which beat Ottawa goaltender clean, only to clang off the inside part of the post toward the left faceoff circle.
MARCHAND CALLED FOR HIGH-STICKING: Ottawa was awarded with a power play at the 13:53 mark, when Brad Marchand was called for high-sticking, putting the Bruins penalty kill to work for the first time in the game. Entering tonight the Bruins PK ranked third in the league with a 86.6% kill rate up against the Senators power play which ranked 11th in the league with a 19.3% success rate. The B's managed to hold strong during the two minute minor, to pick up Marchand and kill the penalty without any damage done.
6:30 p.m. Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. OTT
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (19-8-2, 1.87 GAA, .936 Save %) vs. Lehner (5-8-3, 2.54 GAA, .926 Save %). Rask is 4-2-0 with a 2.11 GAA and .930 save % in seven career games against Ottawa. Lehner is 2-3-2 with a 2.11 GAA and .943 save % with one shutout in seven career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS SENATORS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Senators will meet for the 119th time tonight with the Bruins holding a 69-34-8-7 record and a 374-293 scoring edge in those games. The Black & Gold are 36-18-5-1 in their 60 lifetime meetings against the Senators in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 199-154 in those contests. The Bruins are 6-2-0 in their last eight meetings against Ottawa in Boston and 5-2-0 against in their last seven games against the Senators overall.
SVEDBERG RECALLED: B's GM Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club had recalled goaltender Niklas Svedberg from Providence (American Hockey League). Svedberg has appeared in 20 games for the Providence Bruins this season, racking up an 11-5-3 record with a 2.91 goals against average, .907 save percentage and one shutout. The 24-year-old netminder has played in a total of 68 games for Providence since joining the team in 2012, earning a career 48-13-5 AHL record.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Bruins have won their last seven home games with a 12-0-2 mark in their last 14 contests in Boston, which are their longest home win and point streaks since a 14-game home win streak from October 25, 2008 to January 1, 2009.
SIX IN A ROW: The Bruins have had six consecutive games in which a Bruin has scored two goals (Reilly Smith twice, Jarome Iginla twice, Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand). That is the longest such streak in the NHL since a six-game stretch by San Jose from March 19 to April 2, 2011. Boston’s club record is a seven-game span, which occurred in December of 1929. The last NHL team with a seven-game stretch with players scoring two goals in a game was by Calgary in October of 2007.
TWO TO GO: Centerman Patrice Bergeron enters tonight two points shy of tying Joe Thornton (454) for 19th on the team’s all-time scoring list… Forward David Krejci needs just two more goals to hit the 100 NHL/Bruins goal milestone coming into tonight… Entering this evening, Dennis Seidenberg is two points shy of 200 NHL points.
185 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, the Boston Bruins have sold out 185 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than three years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
SENATORS NOTEBOOK: Forward Bobby Ryan currently leads Ottawa goal-scoring with 17 tallies so far this season. Ryan also leads the team in scoring on the road with nine goals... Defenseman Erik Karlsson ranks first on the Senators in assists with 27 and also leads the team on the road in helpers, notching 11 so far in… Senators blueliner Marc Methot enters tonight’s matchup riding a three-game point streak, recording one goal and three assists during that span… Ottawa has a league best power play on the road, registering 18 goals in 63 chances (27.0%).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 22-for-100 (22.0%, T-5th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 103-for-119 (86.6%, 3rd NHL)… Senators power play: 28-for-145 (19.3%, 11th NHL), Senators penalty kill: 129-for-163 (79.1%, 24th NHL)…