At times last night it felt like I was watching the NHL edition of the next Mighty Ducks movie. The Ottawa Senators had won five straight in spite of having half a dozen players out of action. They had come to Boston tied for second in the Northeast Division. They were digging down every night playing with as much heart and passion as they had skill. Boston was on a four game win streak of their own. The Bruins did not play to their fullest potential. The Senators once again played their hearts out. The referees were all over the place in this one. This match had to be decided in overtime. Hopefully, this game is a bit of a wake up call for the B’s as they are about to play seventeen games in the next thirty days.
February 28, 2013
Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators
Boston Bruins 2 – Ottawa Senators 1 (OT)
Three Stars of the Game:
Third: Tuukka Rask , Second: Nathan Horton , First: Patrice Bergeron
Causeway Crowd’s Three Stars of the Game:
Third Star: Nathan Horton.(From Matt)”Although it wasn’t pretty, Horton scored his seventh goal of the year in the first period last night. He now has three goals in his last four games and is starting to play well.” Horton did score the Bruins’ only regulation goal, and the Bruins first line of Horton , Milan Lucic, and David Krejcihave warmed up and have been a fantastic all around line for us. They’ve scored, played great on the back check, are
extremely physical in their play style, and none of them are afraid to drop the gloves. #18 came in larger and faster than last season and all his post concussion training is reaping dividends for the team.
Second Star: Patrice Bergeron.(From Billy)”[Bergeron]got the game winner in OT and was great on the PK (which the Bruins had a lot of). Also when he got the winner it was after he won the face off, went and got position out front and tipped in the shot from the blue line.”(From Matt)” Bergeron scored the game wining goal, barely. The refs had to review it but the puck clearly crossed the line. Along with scoring the game winning goal, he was key on the penalty kill once again as he killed most of the 4 on 3 penalty to start the overtime. That is why he is always in consideration for the best defensive forward every year.” As I tweeted after the game: “The man crush on Bergy continues.” Once again Bergeron played to the fullness of his skill set. He was everywhere the Bruins needed him to be tonight and he was one of the crucial pieces to last night’s win.
First Star: Tuukka Rask. (From Matt)”I think if it wasn’t for the garbage goal that was let in, Tuukka would have been the first star of last nights game. Tuukka was once again outstanding, stopping 30 out of 31 shots and coming up big throughout the whole game. He is continuing to show why he is one of the best goalies in the league.” Tuukka was the one player that kept us in this game. Bruins’ compete level was anemic compared to the Senators last night. They Sens came out there with something to prove, and for a while it seemed that only Tuukka was trying to show them otherwise. I leave the last words to Billy. When asked who the first star should be his response was simple. “Tuuka Rask. That’s all that needs to be said.”
The Bruins are 13-2-2 and are one point behind Montreal. They play the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow at 1pm at home.