A third period goal with just four and a half minutes remaining by Senators forward Bobby Ryan proved to be the dagger in the Bruins’ heart last night, lifting Ottawa to a 4-3 win just 24 hours after taking a beating in Boston. A Bruin roster featuring nearly as many Providence call-ups as players that started the season with the big club actually performed pretty well, fighting back from one and two goal deficits before falling in the third. Tuukka Rask had a tough night in the crease allowing three goals on just twelve shots, while Jarome Iginla stayed hot with his fourth goal in his last three games.
Aside from a typical Bruins post-holiday slow start, pretty much everything else went the way the Black and Gold drew it up last night as they stomped the visiting Ottawa Senators by a 5-0 score. Reilly Smith kept up his hot streak by adding two more goals, while linemates Patrice Bergeron (2 assists) and Brad Marchand (1G, 1A) added two points a piece for the B’s. Goaltender Tuukka Rask earned his league best fourth shutout of the season turning aside all 33 Senator shots that he faced.
It was a disappointing finish to the 2013 regular season for the Boston Bruins, who lost back to back games and the top spot in the Northeast Division over the weekend. A 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals on Saturday night was followed up by a 4-2 loss to the Senators last night at the Garden, dropping the Bruins to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference where they will face the fifth seed Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round.
Despite suffering back to back losses against the Islanders and Hurricanes, the Boston Bruins still remain just a point behind the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins kick off the final two weeks of a crazy regular season tonight, hosting the Ottawa Senators at the Garden in the first of four straight home games. The Black and Gold could also be bolstered by the return of Patrice Bergeron, who has been practicing with contact and may be available tonight.
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.