November 1, 2011

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Senators


OTT – 2
BOS – 3

OTT – 16
BOS – 32

With two tallies in the second period, the Bruins have set themselves up with a 1-0 lead heading into the final frame.

Patrice Bergeron evened things up with 4:21 gone in the second, taking a feed from Tyler Seguin in the slot and snapping it by Anderson to make it 2-2.

Boston never relented and continued to send plenty of rubber Anderson’s way, just as they did in the first. Nathan Horton missed a trio of gimmes in the middle frame alone, including an absolute slam dunk on the side of the net.

But the Bruins finally capitalized on their surplus of shots with precisely two minutes left to go. Rich Peverley found Chris Kelly open between the tops of the circles and the center buried a slap shot by Anderson to make it 3-2 in favor of the Black and Gold.

Chris Neil went to the box for slashing at the 19:14 mark. Boston will begin the third on the power play.

Stat sheet: Only four Bruins have been credited with hits, as Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic lead the way with three apiece.

OTT – 2
BOS – 1

OTT – 9
BOS – 17

Despite a sizable edge in shots, the Bruins will head into the second period trailing Ottawa 2-1.

The Sens struck first at the 5:19 mark when a Nick Foligno shot popped up in the air in the crease, eluded Ottawa forward Bobby Butler and seemed to bounce off d-man Adam McQuaid’s glove and into the back of the net.

After Shawn Thornton and Zenon Konopka dropped the glove for a lengthy, spirited bout, Boston went on the power play as Sergei Gonchar was sent to the box for hooking.

On the ensuing man advantage, Craig Anderson stopped an initial shot from the point by Zdeno Chara but Milan Lucic was there to bang home the rebound to make it 1-1.

Just 16 seconds later, however, the Sens regained the lead. Stephane Da Costa beat Tim Thomas on the backhand after an initial shot ricocheted off Joe Corvo to make it 2-1 Ottawa.

With 12:20 left in the frame, Greg Campbell was guilty of boarding Filip Kuba near center ice. Center Zach Smith took exception and the two appeared ready to duke it out, but the linesmen stepped in and broke things up.

Ottawa got a power play out of the sequence of events but failed to tally.

After a bit of a lull in which neither team was putting any pucks on net, Boston didn’t generate a few quality chances. Unfortunately their best one all but died when launched by David Krejci, as the center broke in on Anderson but misfired.

Stat sheet: The Bruins won 12-of-22 faceoffs in the first period. Boston was outhit by a 6-4 margin.


Here are tonight’s pregame notes, courtesy of the Boston Bruins:

CLOSE CALLS: This season, the Bruins are 1-4-0 in one-goal games, while
the Senators are 6-2-0 in one-goal games. Boston has allowed the first
goal in 7 of 10 games, and Ottawa has trailed first in 8 of 12 games.

STREAKING: Ottawa enters tonight’s game having won their last six
contests. Sens defenseman Sergei Gonchar is on a five-game point/assist
streak with seven points during that span (0-0=7) while Colin Greening
and the Bruins Patrice Bergeron are both riding four-game point streak
with two goals and two assists in their last four outings.

TOUGH GUYS: Shawn Thornton has collected a fighting major in three of
his last four outings. Ottawa’s Zenon Konopka is tied for the league
lead in fighting majors this year with four. In 2010-11 with the
Islanders, Konopka was second in the NHL in fights with 25 (George
Parros-27), and in 2009-10 with the Lightning, he led the NHL with 33
fights. Though Thornton has 89 career fights and Konopka has 78, the two
have never dropped the gloves against each other.

SELLOUT STREAK: The Bruins enter tonight’s game having sold out their
last 91 consecutive games at the TD Garden, including regular season and
playoffs. This streak began on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto
Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance
at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the
Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).

SENATORS NOTEBOOK: Sens defenseman Erik Karlsson leads the league in
assists with 12, and seven of those have come on the power play…
Karlsson leads all NHL defensemen in points with 13… Jason Spezza’s 15
points (6 G, 9 A) put him in a tie for second in the league in scoring…
Zenon Konopka leads the league with 49 PIM. He led the league in PIM in
both 2009-10 (265) and 2010-11 (307)… The Senators have a record of
2-3-0 through five road games this season… They have the league’s top
power play (31.0%) and have scored a league-best 13 power play goals.