Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators Record 102 Penalty Minutes


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Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators Record 102 Penalty Minutes

The Boston Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators by a score of 7-3 at home after being offensively-stifled in a 3-1 loss on Sunday against the Senators on the road. The Bruins received goals from Patrice Bergeron, two, Matt Beleskey, two, and Jimmy Hayes, three, and Torey Krug, Ryan Spooner, and Loui Eriksson all recorded multiple assists as well. Jimmy Hayes recorded the first hat trick of his career just a few games after rookie forward Frank Vatrano recorded a hat trick for the Bruins. 

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The overall effort by the Boston Bruins was strong all game and they showed that they can produce goals in bunches despite losing David Krejci to an upper-body injury just two days earlier. While the Bruins winning the game by such a large margin should be the major story coming out of the game, coupled with Jimmy Hayes hat trick, it was the amount of penalties and the number of plays that will likely be reviewed by the NHL that will be talked about.

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  • The game started off with 20 penalty minutes spread out between the two hockey clubs after the first two periods of play, with the Bruins being penalized for eight and the Senators receiving 12. The game really opened up in the third period, however, most notably in the last two minutes of play.  The period closed out with Landon Ferraro and Max McCormick receiving five minutes apiece for fighting, followed by Chris Neil receiving a roughing penalty as well as both him and Adam McQuaid receiving 10 minute misconducts each for their fight. At the same time as their fight, Zac Rinaldo absolutely manhandled Dave Dziurzynski in a fight of their own, giving them five minutes apiece as well. Mark Borowiecki was tossed by the referees after he received a 10 minute misconduct penalty, and Kevan Miller, Matt Beleskey, and Zack Smith were all thrown out of the game with 10 minute misconducts of their own prior to the final shifts of the game. The third period amassed a total of 82 penalty minutes, and the game will likely be subject to multiple reviews from the NHL.

    One play that is definitely under review was Brad Marchand‘s low hit against Mark Borowiecki early in the game.

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    Brad Marchand has a history of hitting players low, with similar plays coming against Matt Niskanen, Derick Brassard, and Sami Salo in the past. The NHL Department of Player Safety announced during the game that they would be reviewing the play, and due to Marchand’s reputation as well as his history with plays of this nature, it is likely that he will receive some sort of disciplinary consequences. The next time the Boston Bruins will be in action will be at Gillette Stadium for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Montreal Canadiens, and it seems likely that they will be without the services of both David Krejci and Brad Marchand.

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    Following the game, head coach Claude Julien stated “You want to see your team stick together…and that’s what we did tonight”. The Boston Bruins have always been one of the better teams in terms of defending their players, and Tuesday night’s tilt against the Ottawa Senators was no exception. Despite Claude Julien‘s assessment of the team sticking together, the Bruins would obviously rather play games without so many fights and penalties taking place due to the risk of injury and suspension always looming in the NHL.

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