I’ll be the first to admit, I didn’t expect the Sens to do much against the Bruins tonight. A powerhouse playing a team of rookies, what could possibly go wrong?
The first period was pretty stable with nothing major happening. Both teams exchanged two power plays but came out with a scoreless period. There was no doubt who the dominant team was but the Sens were holding their own.
The second period was more exciting with Brad Marchand opening the scoring on some beautiful passing on the Bruins power play. It is important to note that both Ceci and Harpur were out killing the penalty.
Shortly after, the Sens came back and tie the game. Zdeno Chara feeling sympathetic to his former team, had a bit of a stumble behind the net to get the puck right to JG Pageau in the slot to tie the game at 1-1.
The Sens could not capitalize on the power play opportunity and the period ends with the Bruins outshooting the Sens 14-8 in the period.
The third comes upon us with most fans impressed that the game is tied after forty. Remember, the expectations are quite low for the Sens at this point.
With less than three minutes in, the Bruins pull a full -esque defensive play. Torey Krug with the perfect gift to Tierney who drives to the net alongside Tkachuk. A perfect tap in from the youngster makes it 2-1 Senators.
WE ARE WINNING, AGAINST THE BOSTON BRUINS!
Yeah that didn’t last long. Almost halfway through the game, with the teams playing 4 on 4 hockey, a shot by the Bruins goes off Harpur’s skate and into the net. Tie game but seriously, why? Just why?
Both teams continued to exchange chances with the Sens putting in quite an effort against the mighty Bruins. It seemed that the Sens would steal a point out of this game up until the last 45 seconds of the game.
With a minute left in the game, the Bruins had full control of the puck even circling back to centre ice for better zone entry. Danton Heinen gains possession and cirlces around every Sens player on the ice to get a shot on net that was perfectly deflected in Krejci.
I honestly cannot say I was surprised to see the Sens blow this game away the way they did. By the Bruins standard, it was a terrible game and the Sens did put in a decent effort. Those defensive mistakes will just keep haunting them in the worst way. The interesting part is that these mistakes are mostly made by the players who are now considered “veterans” and I don’t think they need further introduction.