This is the last half of a Home and Home series against the Senators.
*On a negative note; Dennis Seidenberg gone for the season (knee). Out: Carl Soderberg (Concussion).
Undisclosed absence: Zdeno Chara, “Day to day”.
Emergency Call-ups: Nick Johnson (RW), David Warsofsky (D) and Zach Trotman (D).
In Net: Tuukka Rask and Craig Anderson.
The first period started off slowly for the Bruins but that was because Marchand put his team immediately on the Penalty Kill (Slashing). With the B’s a skating hospital ward, they can ill afford stupid penalties.
The Senators got the first goal off of a partial screen, scored by Defenseman Patrick Wiercioch.
Under what I would call “Dogged determination” Danny Paille (4) poked the puck away from Ottawa Winger Clarke Macarthur then fought his way into the offensive zone, skated on goal, then slipped one past Anderson to tie the game.
The next Senator goal was of the fluke variety after Kyle Turris took a bouncing puck, fired off a backhander that deflected off of Winger Cory Conacher’s stick and into the net.
After 1 period; 2-1 Senators Shots: 11-11
The second period started with a penalty to Defenseman Joe Corvo but the Bruins Power Play unit was out of sync, leading to a Short-handed goal for Center Zack Smith. Though Rask could not be faulted for any of the goals, he was pulled and replaced by Chad Johnson.
After Jarome Iginla (12) failed (twice) on the Power Play to score, he finally converted shortly thereafter. Milan Lucic fired a slap/pass toward Iggy that he directed into the net, bringing the B’s within one.
After 2 periods; 3-2 Senators Shots: 11-5 Ottawa
The third period started off with another stupid Marchand penalty (Hooking) that luckily didn’t hurt his team.
The Bruins tied the game when defensive call-up David Warsofsky (1, first NHL goal), used his speed to skate all the way up the ice, then fired a slapper past Anderson, tying the game at 3.
The Senators pulled ahead when Torey Krug fumbled with the puck at the offensive blue line, allowing Bobby Ryan to pick him clean, streak up ice and fire a backhander past Johnson. *It should not have been a goal (as in my opinion) Ryan put himself offside.
The B’s were the benefit of a new penalty call (hand pass off of Faceoff) also pulled Johnson for a 6 on 4 advantage. Unfortunately it didn’t help and the Bruins lost.
4-3 lose. Shots total: 32-30 Boston
Next up for the B’s a Tuesday night Home game against the Islanders. Go B’s!