Rapid Reaction: Bruins 3, Senators 2
April, 2, 2013
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- On the heels of a 26-save shutout Sunday, Anton Khudobin made 45 saves and the Bruins won their second straight game with a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday at TD Garden.
David Krejci, Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton all lit the lamp for the Bruins, who would've had more goals if not for a 47-save performance from Senators goalie Robin Lehner. Colin Greening and Andre Benoit scored for the Senators.
Lucic-Krejci-Horton line stays hot: They were the difference in the third period of the Bruins' 2-0 win at Buffalo on Sunday night and on Tuesday they were even better. Milan Lucic, Krejci and Horton couldn't be clicking at a better time and on Tuesday they were major factors on offense, combining for five points. Krejci and Horton had a goal and assist each, while Lucic had two helpers and continues to use his size to make space for his linemates. Horton now has a four-game goal streak going, while Krejci has two goals and three assists during that span. Meanwhile, Lucic hasn't lit the lamp in the past four games but has had four helpers.
Bergeron injured: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron left the game 10:43 into the second period after suffering what appeared to be a head injury. Bergeron was racing back to help the defense and as he skated into the area in front of the Bruins net, he slammed his head into the elbow of Greening. He fell to the ice and stayed there for a bit before getting up and leaving for the Bruins' dressing room. He did not return and no update was available as of the end of the game. Bergeron has had three concussions in his career, including one that kept him out for the majority of the 2007-08 season.
Khudobin gets the nod again: Khudobin started his second straight game and once again came up with the big saves when the Bruins needed them. Head coach Claude Julien reiterated earlier in the day that he would not hesitate to continue to use Khudobin in consecutive games down the stretch of the regular season. The case can be made that over the past month Khudobin has outplayed Tuukka Rask, and while Julien is doing this more to rest Rask for the playoffs, it doesn't hurt that Khudobin is playing so well.
Seguin playing with more jump: Seguin entered the game with only two goals in his past 10 games and had seemed to lose a bit of the jump in his game that makes him so dangerous. But on Tuesday, Seguin was buzzing from the opening faceoff. Seguin's goal 4:29 into the second period gave Boston a 2-1 lead at the time, and for the remainder of the game, the speedy forward had plenty of chances, including a breakaway halfway through the third period that Lehner was able to deny. If Seguin continues to play with that passion and intensity, it will surely help to ease the pain of his linemate not playing should Bergeron miss any time.
Lineup remains same to start game: Before Bergeron's injury, the Bruins' lines remained the same as they were on Sunday night. After Bergeron left, Julien was constantly shuffling the lines in his absence. But here is what things looked like initially:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk