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Third Period Effort Fuels Win

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA – After the first 40 minutes of last night’s game, the Boston Bruins looked as if they were still shaking off the rust from a five-day layoff.

“The first 40 were just too hesitant and too slow to react to what was going on, on the ice,” defenseman Zdeno Chara said. “I don’t know if it was the break or I don’t know, it’s hard to explain what it was.

But with a little help from the defense and a tenacious third-period effort, the Bruins pulled out a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.

“I thought it was a real tough game for us,” Julien said. “Obviously I liked our third period. We, for some reason, started moving the puck better, and we started getting pucks past those guys.

“They had three forwards hanging high all night, and they were putting it through our forwards and then getting some good opportunities there, but we kind of reversed things in the third period and, with some good defensive play, get the puck up the ice a lot better, and we got ourselves back into the game.”

After Milan Lucic’s goal at the end of the second period cut Ottawa’s lead to 3-2, Brad Marchand hustled in front of the net and hammered in a rebound to tie the game.

But the game-winner was the real beauty as defenseman Dennis Seidenberg launched a slap shot from center ice that found its way past goaltender Craig Anderson.

Seidenberg’s goal capped a successful night for the Bruins blueliners, as they combined for a total of six points in the victory.

“Well sometimes the defense has to chip in, the forwards can’t always score,” Seidenberg said. “Our job is to get the pucks on the net and sometimes you need them to go in luckily and sometimes Marsh [Marchand] picks up the rebounds when Joe [Corvo] shot it.

"And [Chara] always has good shots with good screens by [Lucic] so it’s always good to even out the scoring.”

While Lucic hindered Anderson’s vision, Chara blasted a shot from the blueline that gave the B’s an early advantage in the first period.

The Bruins captain also picked up an assist, while Corvo had two assists of his own, one that came on Seidenberg’s crowd pleaser.

The explosive third period was characteristic of the Bruins, who have a plus-38 goal differential in the last 20 minutes of the game.

Although the first 40 minutes weren’t the most ideal way to kick off the second half of the season, Lucic said it’s important to look stay up and channel the momentum into Thursday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

“We’ve got to take a positive frame of mind after this,” Lucic said. “We’ve got to start feeling positive, thinking positive, feeling confident about ourselves and trusting one another. I think that’s one of the things that Claude said in the second intermission, is we’ve just got to get back to thinking positive and not being frustrated more than anything.”

--- Anthony Gulizia
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