Boston Bruins demolish Senators in final game of 2017

OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 30: Ryan Spooner
OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 30: Ryan Spooner /

After a very disappointing shootout loss in Washington on Thursday night, the Boston Bruins went from the U.S. capital to Canada’s capital city of Ottawa to face the Senators.

The Boston Bruins game last night marked the return of David Krejci, and it could not have come at a better time.  The Bruins power play has been terrible as of late, especially in Washington as they went 0 for 5 with the man advantage.

With Krejci’s return the power play was on fire tonight scoring not once, not twice but three times in victory tonight.  In their final game of 2017, the Bruins played well 5-on-5 and on both the power play and penalty kill units shined, and the Bruins overall strong play continued with a dominant win over the mightily struggling Senators.

Period 1

Just like the game Wednesday night, the Bruins started quick with a couple of early chances against Sens goalie and Massachusetts native Mike Condon, but the game remained scoreless.  The game would remain 0-0 until the Senators were called for a penalty and Ryan Spooner converted on the PP to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead midway through the 1st period.

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The Bruins maintained control for the rest of the period and had their chances to double the lead but could not.  The period came to a close with the Bruins leading 1-0.

Period 2

The middle frame is where the Bruins really showed their dominance as they scored three times and put any hopes of an Ottawa comeback to rest.  Three minutes into the period, during a strong shift by the 4th line, the Bruins doubled their lead after a great backhand snipe by Noel Acciari put the Bruins ahead 2-0.

Just minutes later, Spooner, the Ottawa native, blocked a Sens shot and was off to the races and slipped one past Condon on a breakaway for his second goal of the night, and gave the Bruins a commanding 3-0 lead.

Later in the period, the Bruins added their 4th goal of the night as again on the PP, the returning David Krejci stuffed one home in the crease and drove it by Condon for a goal in his first game back from his injury.  The intermission horn sounded with the Bruins in complete control with a 4-0 lead with just 20 minutes to play.

Period 3:

The Bruins began the period on the PP and they scored for the third consecutive PP as Patrice Bergeron tipped a Torey Krug point shot and game was over with the Bruins up 5-0.  With the decision already wrapped up, the Bruins next focus was establishing good habits and playing mistake free hockey.

They did just that as Ottawa only had 4 shots on goal in the third period and Tuukka Rask got his second shutout of the season and the Bruins win their final game of 2017, 5-0 over the Ottawa Senators.

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