January 31, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Senators

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
OTT - 3 
BOS - 2

SHOTS
OTT - 26
BOS - 17

The Bruins just barely managed to salvage a dismal showing in the second period, tallying late to cut their deficit to one. Otawa will take a 3-2 lead into the final frame.

Boston looked lazy and only mildly interested in testing Craig Anderson for most of the frame. The B's put their 15th shot of the night on net at 4:57 of the second, then went over ten minutes without testing Anderson.

All in all, the Sens held a 13-5 edge in shots in the period.

Ottawa jumped ahead at the 7:43 mark in the middle frame as former Coyote Kyle Turris sniped a shot over Thomas' shoulder to make it 2-1.

Erik Karlsson doubled their lead at 13:28, as the All Star's his eighth goal of the season made it 3-1.

But with 45 ticks left, Rich Peverley found a wide open Milan Lucic in the slot. His snap shot eluded Anderson to make it 3-2 Senators.

Ottawa holds a pretty sizeable edge in the physicality department through 40 minutes. Boston is being out-hit 25-15 so far.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
OTT - 1 
BOS - 1

SHOTS
OTT - 13
BOS - 12

Twenty minutes are in the books here at TD Garden where the Bruins and Senators are tied 1-1.

Brad Marchand drew a hooking call on Sergei Gonchar while on a semi-breakaway with 10:09 gone, putting Boston on the power play.

With 12 ticks left in the man advantage, a bomb by Zdeno Chara zipped by Craig Anderson, staking the Bruins to a 1-0 lead.

Less than a minute later, Shawn Thornton and Chris Neil dropped the gloves and partook in a lengthy, spirited bout. No. 22 clearly wanted to go at it earlier in the frame after he took umbrage with a hit from Neil.

The fisticuffs didn't end there. Zenon Konopka upped his PIM total on the season to 159 when he took on Adam McQuaid in yet another not-so-brief fight.

Ottawa tied things up with 1:20 to go in the frame. Tim Thomas made an initial stop, but the rebound popped out to Jason Spezza. He quickly fed Colin Greening in front for an easy tap in.

PREGAME NOTES

Here are tonight's pregame notes (courtesy of the Boston Bruins): 

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Thomas (20-9-0, 2.12 GAA, .933 Save %) vs.
Anderson (25-16-4, 2.90 GAA, .910 Save %). Thomas is 21-8-2 with a 1.95
GAA and .938 Save % with six shutouts in 31 career games against Ottawa.
Anderson is 3-7-0 with a 3.39 GAA and .902 Save % with one shutout in 10
career games against Boston.

HEART HEALTH NIGHT: Tonight is the Bruins/American Heart
Association’s Sixth Annual Heart Health Night at the Garden,
presented by Tufts Medical Center. Cardiac patients and survivors will
be in attendance and will participate in a variety of activities
throughout the evening. All in-game fundraising activities will benefit
the AHA.

109 AND COUNTING: Entering today’s game, the Bruins have sold out
their last 109 home games at the TD Garden, including regular season and
playoffs.

FERENCE SUSPENSION: Andrew Ference will be eligible to return to the
Bruins lineup on Thursday, Feb 2 following his three game suspension. He
has served two games thus far (at Philadelphia and at Washington).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: B’s forward Tyler Seguin turns 20 years old today.
Seguin was the youngest player in Sunday’s All Star Game in Ottawa,
and he is tied with Patrice Bergeron for the team scoring lead (43
points each).

FREQUENT FIGHTERS: Tonight’s game features two of the top three
fighting teams in the NHL. Boston is second in the league with 36
fighting majors and Ottawa is third with 34 (First-NYR, 38).

GOALIE CONSISTENCY: Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the Bruins
are the only team in the NHL to have only used two goaltenders. Entering
tonight, it has been 212 regular season games since the last time
someone other than Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask was between the pipes for
Boston (Apr. 11, 2009 at Buffalo, Manny Fernandez).