Sunday, April 28, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Senators 4, Bruins 2
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins lost an opportunity to secure the Northeast Division title and lost to the Ottawa Senators 4-2 Sunday night at TD Garden.
The Bruins conclude the 2012-13 lockout-shortened schedule with a 28-14-6 record for 62 points and finish second in the Northeast and fourth in the Eastern Conference, which means Boston will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Boston owns a 3-1-0 record this season against the Leafs.
Ottawa gained a 1-0 lead at 16:59 of the first period when the Senators’ Erik Condra scored his fourth goal of the season. Ottawa increased its lead when Jared Cowen’s slap shot from the point found its way through traffic and beat Tuukka Rask for a 2-0 advantage at 10:33 of the second period.
It appeared the second period would end with Ottawa holding its two-goal advantage, but Bruins forward Rich Peverley never stopped skating and snuck the puck past Senators goaltender Robin Lehner with just 3.4 seconds remaining in the period to capitalize on the power play.
That momentum carried into the third as Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg scored only 14 seconds into the period to tie the game at 2-2.
The Senators’ Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the winning goal at 16:26.
SAVE OF THE GAME: With the game knotted at 2-2, Rask turned in the save of the game when he made a timely, right-pad stop on Condra during a breakaway with 12:36 remaining in the third period. Unfortunately for Boston, the Senators scored at 16:26. Ottawa added an empty-net goal with 36.5 seconds remaining in regulation.
SICK AND TIRED: Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr missed his second consecutive game due to a bout of the flu. Since arriving in Boston at the April 3 trade deadline, the future Hall of Famer has two goals and seven assists for nine points in 11 games. This brief two-game hiatus also gives the 41-year-old forward a bit of a rest before the Stanley Cup playoffs.
DROP ‘EM: Bruins forward Milan Lucic is showing signs of life in the final few games of the regular season. Since being a healthy scratch against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 20, Lucic has played with more energy and the necessary physicality to help the Bruins. At 18:36 of the first period Sunday, he dropped the gloves with the Senators’ Chris Neil in a heavyweight battle.
SCRATCHED: Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton was a healthy scratch again. He has been watching from press level in six of the last nine games of the regular season and will likely remain that way for the start of the playoffs.
NO BULL: You have to give the Garden’s bull gang kudos for having the ice surface ready on time Sunday night. With the Celtics’ playoff game going overtime and ending at 4:05 p.m., the bull gang had less than two and a half hours to complete the changeover. The Bruins’ pregame warmups began only one minute late.
AWARDS: Prior to the game, the Bruins announced their annual team awards. Forward Patrice Bergeron was the recipient of the Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination) and the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games). The John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions) was given to Bruins forward Gregory Campbell. The Bruins’ Three Stars Awards were given to Rask (first), Bergeron (second) and forward Tyler Seguin (third).