After dropping their last four straight, the Ottawa Senators looked to rebound against a hot Boston Bruins team that had gone 4-2 in their last six games. Boston, coming off a dramatic 4-2 loss to the Leafs last night, came up short in a valiant effort. Ottawa had the upper hand tonight, grabbing the victory by a score of 3-2.
The Bruins dominated the start of the game, with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand showing off their chemistry. Holding Marchand off the scoresheet would be a key part to the Sens’ triumph, ending his four-game point streak (with ten points in that span).
Ottawa would obtain the first goal, however, as a shot by Cody Ceci from the point would deflect off of Tom Pyatt past Tuukka Rask. The game was going in the right direction already, as the Sens hold a league-best .813 win percentage when scoring first.
The Sens would get a couple power play chances in the period as well, although we all know how those turn out. Both would generate nothing, with each being cancelled out sooner or later by an Ottawa penalty (one of which was for too-many-men, our league-high 12th bench minor of the season). Boston would tie the game on the second ensuing power play, as David Krejci ripped a shot low-blocker from the point. A screened Anderson had barely any chance on the play.
Period two would be filled with special teams. The first opportunity would go to Ottawa, who to the surprise of many, scored! Kyle Turris would blaze a one-timer towards the net, which would beat Rask and give the Sens the lead a minute and a half in. Ottawa would go to the power play again a short while later, but failed to get their second power play goal of the game.
After some great chances at both ends and some amazing saves by Craig Anderson, the tilt remained 2-1. Jump to the end of the frame, and Cody Ceci and Frank Vatrano would get offsetting minors during a scuffle to put the game at 4-on-4. Phaneuf would then take an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for provoking Torey Krug, sending Boston to start the third period at 4-on-3.
On a side note, Phaneuf is second in the league in minor penalties this season, heading to the box 37 times. Should he hit the 42 he’s currently on pace for, it will be the most from a Sens player since Jarkko Ruurtu had 47 in 2008-09.
Heading out fresh for a full two minutes on the power play, it wouldn’t take the Bruins long to find the back of the net. Torey Krug would make a nifty end-to-end play, dancing past Pageau, Karlsson and Methot before beating Craig Anderson with his wrist shot. The goal came seventeen seconds into the third period, evening the game at two apiece.
Ottawa would answer by getting some extended time in the offensive zone, leading to Kyle Turris’ second goal of the game, a tip off a Phaneuf shot from the point. The tally would distance Turris for Ottawa’s goal scoring lead, bringing himself to one away from his career high (26 in 2013-14).
Mark Borowiecki would go to the box for holding, but the penalty kill would come up big to preserve the one-goal lead. Rask would race to the bench for the extra attacker, although the Sens would fend off some scary chances to close out the win.
Sens Hero: Kyle Turris
Add another two to the goal column for Turris. He led the Sens with five shots on goal, and was one of three Ottawa players to finish with an above-50 CF%. It was his sixth game winning goal of the season, which matches his career-high in 2014-15.
Sens Hero: Craig Anderson
After coming off two disappointing back-to-back starts against the Canadiens, it was great to see Andy back in good form. He made plenty of key saves, including robbing Noel Acciari with his quick glove.
Sens Hero: Mike Hoffman
Hoffman got the secondary assist on the Sens’ first two goals, increasing his offensive output to 14 points in his last 13 games. His game has found a whole new level recently.
Sens Zero: Ryan Dzingel
He was shortened to only 6:19 of 5v5 play, the lowest of either team tonight. His demotion to play with Kelly and Wingels isn’t a good sign either, as the speedster has been struggling mightily as of late. He couldn’t muster anything tonight either, finishing with a 0% CF% (zero attempts for, six against).
Sens Killer: Torey Krug
Krug amassed seven shots on goal, one of which was his beauty that tied the game at two. He also assisted on Boston’s first goal, vaulting him into fifth in the defensive scoring race.