Final: Boston 3, Ottawa 2 (SO)
Recap: With two strong defensive teams squaring off, this one -- let's be honest -- was kind of shaping up to be a snoozer. Unfortunately for B's fans, Boston was the only team that seemed to be asleep for most of the first period.
Ottawa took an early two-goal lead, with Guillaume Latendresse tallying 56 ticks in and Kyle Turris doubling the advantage at 7:18. Boston got a big goal from Shawn Thornton with 44 seconds to go until the intermission to cut the lead in half.
In the second, the fourth line struck again as Dan Paille beat Robin Lehner on a breakaway. His fifth goal of the season knotted things up.
No goals were scored in the third or overtime, setting up the B's fourth shootout of the season. Turris struck again, this time in the second round, but Patrice Bergeron responded with a goal. In the fourth round, David Krejci roofed one over Lehner, giving the Black and Gold the extra point.
Records: Boston 17-3-3, 37 points; Ottawa 13-8-5, 31 points
Key Play of the Game: Just prior to Krejci's winning goal, Rask made a superb save on Kaspars Daugavins. The Sens forward came in blocker side, spun around while keeping the toe of the blade atop the puck. Rask sprung from right to left and denied his backhanded bid.
Connolly's Commendations: First kudos of the evening must go to the fourth line, which has picked up the pace of late and started to play the up-tempo brand of hockey they've become known for in recent years. They scored both of Boston's goals in regulation and were entrusted with a shift in the final minutes of the third that nearly led to a go-ahead goal.
Rask was shaky in the first half of the opening frame, but No. 40 settled down and made a number of high-quality stops to give the B's a chance to climb back into the contest.
Connolly's Critiques: Awfully unspectacular evening for Milan Lucic. No. 17 was on the ice for both of the Sens' goals and was credited with just one shot. Linemate Nathan Horton was also minus-2 on the night.
Notes: Chris Kelly left the game in the second period after having his knee injured on a questionable hit by former teammate Chris Neil in the neutral zone. Tonight was Chara's 500th game as a Bruin. For Krejci, it was career game No. 400.
Final Thoughts: The Bruins not only managed to overcome their sluggish start, they also did a much better job of putting quality shots on Lehner, unlike their last encounter. With the win, the B's climbed to within a point of first-place Montreal.
Next: The Black and Gold will now head to Pittsburgh to take on Sidney Crosby and the Penguins Tuesday night.