The Boston Bruins took one step closer to the Atlantic Division crown on Saturday evening as they dismantled the hapless Ottawa Senators.
Two contrasting seasons for the Atlantic Division rivals and the Bruins completed their revenge on the Senators with a resounding 5-2 win at TD Garden.
Ryan Dzingel opened the scoring with a smart shot from the slot which whizzed past Anton Khudobin. A classic powerplay goal from the Bruins following on from an interference call allowed David Pastrnak to one-time it past Taylor. Krug, Bergeron, Pastrnak it was as simple as that.
Tommy Wingels put the Bruins ahead 2-1 midway through the second period, making it two goals in 51 seconds. Danton Heinen inflicted further misery on a sorry season for the Senators, scoring his 16th of the year. A comfortable 3-1 lead for the Bruins.
Ryan Dzingel provided some relief for the Sens with a marvellous deke around Khudobin to make it 3-2.
With under two minutes remaining Noel Acciari found himself one-on-one with Daniel Taylor, displaying soft hands before tucking the puck five-hole. David Backes rounded off the victory with an empty netter to secure the 5-2 victory.
Anton Khudobin saved 26 of the 28 shots he faced, producing a .929SV%. With his goal on the Power play David Pastrnak secured his 34th goal of the season.
Shots were 35-28 in Boston’s favour, and 58.6% in the face-off circle.
The Road Ahead
The final regular season game for the Boston Bruins this 2017/18 campaign is against the Florida Panthers. A win for the Bruins will secure the Atlantic Division crown and will mean facing the New Jersey Devils instead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Bruins are 2-0 in their two previous meetings with the Panthers this season. Winning 5-2 and 4-0 respectively. A word of warning though, this was a hot Florida side that narrowly missed out on the playoffs. Beware the wounded animal.