February 25, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Senators


BOS - 3
OTT - 1

BOS - 29
OTT - 15

Thanks to a rare, dominant performance in the second period, the Bruins are headed to the third up 3-1 over the Sens.

Boston doubled their lead at the 3:57 mark of the middle frame as Carter Camper buried a backhander for his first career goal.

The Bruins outshot Ottawa 16-6, as the Senators were wildly turnover prone throughout the period.

Ottawa had a power play late in the frame as Milan Lucic went off for roughing, but they couldn't convert.

The Sens, surprisingly, have had a sizeable edge on faceoffs but clearly have yet to put it to good use.


BOS - 2
OTT - 1

BOS - 13
OTT - 9

Twenty minute are in the books at Scotiabank Place where the Bruins lead the Senators 2-1.

Red-hot defenseman Erik Karlsson got the Sens on the board first. The offensively-gifted blueliner hopped up to give Ottawa a 3-on-2 and wristed a feed from center Jason Spezza past Tim Thomas to make it 1-0.

Ottawa's lead lasted just 2:36. Zdeno Chara fired a shot from the point and Patrice Bergeron swiftly pounced on the rebound, putting it behind former Bruin Alex Auld to make it 1-1.

With 3:47 left in the frame, Brad Marchand broke the tie. A wrister from beyond the faceoff circle eluded Auld on the glove side, as the softy put Boston ahead 2-1. 

Chara was assessed the only penalty of the period, as the captain went off for a weak cross-checking call that saw Spezza act as though his arm had been broken in half. 

Boston caught a break when a dump-in took a strange bounce, skidded past Thomas and through the crease. Luckily, no Sens skaters were present to take advantage.