The Ottawa Senators came the TD Garden to take on the Boston Bruins Tuesday night. Boston was sitting in third place behind the Senators with 10 games to play. The Bruins hoped to gain ground on them but fell short as Ottawa came out with the 3-2 win in Boston.
The first period did not produce the start the Bruins needed against the Senators. There were early opportunities for the Bruins, as Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron both had great chances. But they couldn’t get anything past Craig Anderson. 4:09 into the period, Tom Pyatt tipped the puck past Tuukka Rask after a turnover in the neutral zone. 1-0 Ottawa.
A big scuffle put Ottawa on the power play 6:28 into the period. David Backes went to the box for roughing on Dion Phaneuf. Boston killed the penalty with strong play. Ottawa had too many men on the ice to make it four-on-four hockey 7:51 into the period. After Backes stepped back onto the ice, David Krejci received the puck at the point from Ryan Spooner and sent a one-timer past Anderson. Tie game 1-1.
Boston headed back to the penalty kill as Drew Stafford went to the box for charging against Chris Wideman 15:04 into the first. Boston had another strong penalty kill and then drew a penalty, as Matt Beleskey drove the net, but Viktor Stalberg hooked him. Again they went four-on-four for a brief period, then Boston headed to the power play, 17:01 into the period. Boston couldn’t get anything going and Ottawa killed the penalty.
Both teams played well in the opening period. It was a physical period, expected with both teams fighting for the playoffs.
After 1, tie game 1-1. SOG 8-5 Boston.
1:02 An incredible effort by Adam McQuaid to stop Stalberg but he got called for trip. it looked more like a dive by Stalberg. Thirty-two seconds later at the 1:34 mark, Kyle Turris put a one-timer past Rask. 2-1 Ottawa.
At the 3:09 mark, not too long after the Ottawa goal, Boston went back to the penalty kill. Brandon Carlo was called for a high stick on Ryan Dzingal. Ottawa had a few chances, but Rask was able to make the save to help kill the penalty as Carlo stepped out of the box.
8:03 into the period, Frank Vatrano was held by Tom Pyatt and Boston headed to the power play. Bergeron had a couple great opportunities but couldn’t get anything past Anderson. Ottawa killed off another penalty.
The game really opened up in the second 10 minutes. Boston had great opportunities but Anderson stood tall.
At the 19:17 mark, Frank Vatrano and Cody Ceci got into it. Both headed to the box for roughing, creating four-on-four hockey for two minutes to close out the second period. Dion Phaneuf was called for unsportsmanlike conduct against Torey Krug after the period ended from shoving Krug in the face after words were exchanged.
Boston held the better chances throughout the period, but some elite goal tending by Anderson kept them out of the back of the net.
After 2, 2-1 Ottawa. SOG in the second 18-8 Boston.
Four-on-three to start the period. 17 seconds into the period, Torey Krug carried the puck through and put one past Anderson. Tie game 2-2. Krug put on an incredible display of skill as he weaved through the zone and put it top shelf.
1:28 into the period, Dominic Moore broke Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s stick and headed to the box for a slash. Ottawa to the power play with Boston good for the kill once again.
4:04 into the third, Phaneuf had multiple attempts on the cage. One got through to Turris, who deflected it past Rask. Ottawa regained the lead early in the third at 3-2.
13:53 into the third, Boston headed to the power play after Mark Borowiecki held Vatrano, taking him down to the ice. Boston got a few shots on goal, but Anderson made the stops. Ottawa was back to full strength.
Rask headed to the bench with 1:30 to play. Boston had a couple of scoring chances late but failed to put one in the back of the net to tie it.
After 3, Ottawa wins 3-2. SOG in the third 10-9 Boston. SOG in the game 36-22 Boston.
- Goal: Pyatt (8); Assists: Ceci (12), Hoffman (31)
- Goal: Krejci (21); Assists: Spooner (26), Krug (41)
- Goal: Turris (24); Assists: Karlsson (52), Hoffman 2 (32)
- Goal: Krug (7); Unassisted
- Goal: Turris 2 (25); Assists: Phaneuf (21), Wideman (12)
- Craig Anderson
- Kyle Turris
- Torey Krug
Another extremely tough loss for the second straight night. In a game where they had plenty of opportunities and seemingly outplayed the other team, they weren’t able to win. Hats off to Craig Anderson who made 34 saves for the Senators, a couple of them were incredible. Boston still sits in third place in the Atlantic now 6 points behind Ottawa with 9 games left. They are still 1 point up on the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the Leafs have 2 games in hand now.
Boston looks to get back on track Thursday as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7pm EST.