Monday, March 11, 2013
Observations: Bruins 3, Senators 2 (SO)
By James Murphy
The Bruins extended their win streak to three and pulled within one point of the Canadiens for the Northeast Division and the Eastern Conference lead with a 3-2 shootout win over the Senators at Ottawa. David Krejci, who also had an assist, scored the shootout winner.
Boston trailed 2-0 early but clawed back behind goals from Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille, and another brilliant performance from Tuukka Rask, who made 30 saves in the win.
Ottawa got goals from Kyle Turris and Guillaume Latendresse, while Robin Lehner made 33 saves.
Rask gives team chance to win again -- If not for Rask, this game may very well have been a blowout in favor of the Senators. The Bruins looked completely lost early on, and Rask once again bailed them out. Rask's biggest save may have come when he stopped Colin Greening point blank with 3:22 left in the first period and the Bruins down 2-0. The Bruins would cut the lead to 2-1 on Thornton’s goal with 44 seconds left in the opening frame. Rask was there again late in the game as he stuffed Zack Smith with 23.6 seconds left in regulation.
Secondary scoring continues -- The top two lines have carried the load more than usual this season for a team that prides itself in scoring depth. But on Saturday the Bruins got two goals from their bottom six as Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille scored. On Monday, the secondary scoring continued as Paille scored again and Thornton got his second goal of the season. Paille’s goal was a thing of beauty as he took a feed from David Krejci and broke in alone to tie the game 2-2 8:53 into the second period. Thornton’s lamplighter defined the term “ugly goal” as the rugged winger got to the dirty area, paid the price and poked one past Lehner. But hey, you take them any way you can get them.
Neil knee-on-knee on Kelly retribution? -- After Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid hit Chris Neil from behind in the second period, Neil returned to action and 53 seconds into the second period caught Bruins center Kelly with a knee-on-knee hit that was questionable to say the least. After watching many replays, it was hard to determine if there was intent to injure, but considering Neil had taken a hit from behind earlier and has a reputation as a player who plays on the line of clean and dirty, one has to wonder. But the main question there is, why go after a friend and former teammate in Kelly instead of McQuaid?
Meanwhile, Kelly's nightmare season continues. After scoring his first goal in six games in the 3-0 win over the Flyers Saturday, Kelly could not put pressure on his knee after the hit and did not return. His status was unknown, but it did not look good. Coach Claude Julien didn't have an update on Kelly's condition after the game, but told reporters in Ottawa that Kelly will travel with the team to Pittsburgh and be evaluated there. Julien also said he thought the hit was accidental.
Bruins forgot about daylight savings -- The Bruins seemingly forgot that daylight savings went into effect Sunday as they failed to show up and didn't find their game until late in the opening period. The Bruins looked dumbfounded for most of the first 10 minutes as their defense was scrambling and forwards weren’t getting back to help. Julien called a timeout and was able to wake his squad up.
Krejci streaking -- With his assist on Paille’s goal, Krejci extended his point streak to four games. He has a goal and four assists in that span.
Julien moves into second on B's wins list -- Congrats to Julien, who earned win No. 245 and moved into a second-place tie with Milt Schmidt on the Bruins' all-time wins list for a coach. Art Ross is the leader with 361.
Roster remains same – After watching his team play one of their most complete games of the season Saturday in the 3-0 win over the Flyers, Julien kept his lines and defensive pairings intact. That meant Jay Pandolfo, Lane MacDermid and Aaron Johnson were the healthy scratches. Here’s what the lineup looked like:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid