January 31, 2012

Bruins come to life late, defeat Sens

By Jesse Connolly

Final: Boston 4, Ottawa 3

Recap: The Bruins got on the board first in this one, as a bomb from Zdeno Chara on a power-play put them up 1-0. Colin Greening's goal with 1:20 left in the frame knotted things up.

The Sens absolutely dominated play in the middle frame, outshooting Boston by a 13-5 margin. With Ottawa up 3-1 and less than a minute to go in the second, Milan Lucic scored a big goal to cut the B's deficit in half.

In the third, the Black and Gold came out flying. Brad Marchand knotted things up with a hard-working, power-play tally 2:20 in. With 7:09 gone, Dennis Seidenberg stunned the masses when his shot from center ice beat Craig Anderson to make it 4-3 Boston.

Records: Boston 32-14-2, 66 points; Ottawa 27-20-6, 60 points

Key Play of the Game: Marchand's goal was a textbook example of hard work paying off. The undersized winger overpowereda much bigger d-man in Chris Phillips and continued to take multiple whacks at the puck before finally beating Anderson.

Connolly's Commendations: Well, why don't we start with Marchand? No. 63 had a whale of a game offensively, constantly putting pressure on the Senators' d-men. He finished with four shots on goal, but there's no doubt Ottawa realizes Marchand was considerably busier than his stat-line reflects.

Lucic was also a tremendously key contributor in the victory. No. 17's goal late in the second was incredibly timely as the slumping B's were in danger of heading into the third trailing by two. Lucic also picked up an assist.

Kudos to Joe Corvo for his performance as well. No. 14 picked up two assists and helped the B's goes 2-for-4 on the power play. 

Connolly's Critiques: Awfully quiet evening for Zach Hamill. If he hopes to stick around with the big club, he's got to have a bigger impact. Hamill had no shots on goal in 10:45 of ice time and was damn near invisible for most of the contest.

Notes: Boston has now won all three meetings against Ottawa this season. The win, coupled with the Rangers' loss in the shootout, puts the Bruins just one point behind New York for first in the East.

Next: The Bruins will return to action on Thursday when they welcome the Hurricanes to TD Garden.