In a game that saw the Bruins and Senators combine for an amazing 97 shots in regulation, it was Boston who put more in the back of the net, earning a 3-2 victory over Ottawa last night at TD Garden. The Bruins top offensive line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton picked up right where they left off over the weekend, with Krejci and Horton scoring the first and third goals respectively, with Tyler Seguin adding the second off a beautiful feed from Brad Marchand. Anton Khudobin, starting his second consecutive game after a strong performance against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, was again sharp in between the pipes stopping 45 of 47 Ottawa shots for his eighth win of the season.
The win did come at a cost however, as center Patrice Bergeron left the game in the second period and did not return after a collision with Senator forward Colin Greening, where it appeared that Bergeron took a forearm/elbow to the head while battling for a loose puck. Information on Boston’s best two way player and current leading scorer was not available after the game, so expect further updates today.
The Boston Bruins finally wrapped up a hectic month of March yesterday with 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres, just a day after they took a 3-1 loss in a lackluster effort against the Philadelphia Flyers. The win over the Sabres closes a 17 games in 30 days stretch that saw the black and gold post a mediocre 9-6-2 record, but still good enough to maintain the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standing. Meanwhile the NHL trade deadline continues to loom large, as GM Peter Chiarelli continues to work the phones in hopes of filling some holes in the Bruins lineup.
Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner’s post-game interview from yesterday:
I laughed watching this. So let me get this straight, Adam McQuaid (5 fights this year) and Shawn Thornton (5 fights) circling Matt Hendricks (6 fights – one already in the game with Nathan Horton) is the same as John Erskine (2 fights) and Hendricks (6) going after Tyler Seguin (0 career fights and one of our star players)? Ha, ok, sure. I understand that Alzner is just sticking up for his teammate, but I mean really, this was comical.
Apparently the Caps defenseman missed the part where Hendricks basically jumped Nathan Horton, gloves off and throwing before Horton knew what was going on. Hendricks’ hand seemed fine while he was throwing those haymakers.
But you wouldn’t do that because you’re not that type of team. Well damn right you’re not that type of team, the Caps aren’t much of a team at all at the moment. McQuaid and Thornton’s response was precisely why the Bruins are such a tight knit bunch, everyone has everyone else’s back. You’re going to jump one of our top players? Go for it, but you can expect someone to come knocking in the not too distant future. Apparently those qualities aren’t too high on the list in the Caps locker room. And that’s not to say that Horton even needed anyone to back him up, as he’s shown he can handle himself in these situations before, but he’s still one of our top players who hadn’t had a fight this year after coming off a serious concussion.
I’m sure the Bruins aren’t losing any sleep over Alzner or his comments. It’s just funny that this “was the biggest joke [Alzner has] ever seen.” As Milan Lucic said last year after Alzner’s cry-baby gesture (perhaps the most ironic part of this all) in the playoffs:
UPDATE (3/17 – 4pm):
The Washington Post had an article today with Hendricks’ response to the game yesterday, and it was much more in line with what you’d expect. “You do it [fight Horton] and you live with the repercussions. I figured they would be looking for me once the score got to 4-1.” If anything this makes Alzner look like a bigger whiner, but good on Hendricks for knowing his role and not taking the easy way out.
You didn’t read that headline wrong. Though Marcus Johansson technically got credit for the Washington goal, the puck that got past Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin didn’t come off a the stick of a Capitals player. A net front David Krejci clearing attempt ricocheted off Johnny Boychuk’s skate and into the net, in what was one of the few mistakes Boston made all afternoon. Aside from that play, the Bruins put together one of their better efforts of the season, especially the recently criticized line of Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. The trio exploded for a combined nine points on the afternoon, leading the B’s to their second straight win.
For just the second time this year the Bruins are coming off back to back losses, and with the way the past two games have played out, they’ve got some work to do. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in town tomorrow night, and they aren’t nearly as bad as they usually are. Toronto sits just three points behind the Bruins in the Eastern Conference and Northeast Division standings, and has won two games in a row. The Leafs have also been far better on the road (9-4-0) this season than they have at home (5-5-0), which adds to the Bruins troubles. The B’s did knock off Toronto with a 1-0 win back on February 2nd in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated, but they’ll need a similar effort to get their game back on track after two subpar performances.