February 28, 2012

Post-Game Breakdown: Flat Bruins fall 1-0 to Sens

By Jesse Connolly

Final: Ottawa 1, Boston 0

Recap: Erik Karlsson opened up the scoring at 14:44 of the first period, as a Daniel Alfredsson screen kept Tim Thomas from seeing his blast from the point. Boston played some pretty uninspiring hockey for the first 40 minutes, getting outshot 31-15 by the visiting Senators as Swedish netminder Robin Lehner had an easy go of it between the pipes.

In the third, Boston finally awoke, firing 19 shots on Lehner. The young goaltender never cracked, finishing the night with 32 saves on 32 shots as Ottawa blanked the B's 1-0.

Records: Ottawa 34-23-8, 76 points; Boston 37-21-3, 77 points

Key Play of the Game: With 2:09 to go, Sergei Gonchar was sent to the box for tripping Zdeno Chara. It was yet another golden opportunity for the Bruins to knot things up, but their effort was pretty dang ugly. An inability to ever really set up in the offensive zone doomed the man advantage.

Connolly's Commendations: Thomas turned in his best performance in quite some time in the losing effort, making a number of key -- and often spectacular -- stops to keep it a 1-0 game. He finished the evening with 37 saves on 38 shots.

Otherwise, no one quite turned in a performance worth writing home about. 

Connolly's Critiques: So much for all that talk about laying the smackdown on Kyle Turris by Joe Corvo, eh? The defenseman backtracked a bit this morning and, by the time the game rolled around, never seemed to make an effort to earn some crowd-pleasing revenge (though he claimed otherwise afterward, citing Turris turned down an offer to drop the gloves).

Independent of all the side-show stuff, the Bruins were pretty awful for most of tonight's tilt. Flat doesn't even begin to describe their performance in the first 40 minutes. 

And of course there was their not-so-helpful power play, which finished 0-for-4 on the evening. The opportunities were there often, but Boston simply couldn't convert.

Notes: Boston held a 28-11 edge in hits, but you'd never have guessed it. Mike Mottau saw 10:49 of ice time and had one blocked shot and one hit in his first game as a Bruin. Brian Rolston had 8:21 of TOI. He dished out a game-high four hits.

Next: The Bruins will return to action on Thursday night when the Devils visit the Garden.