- James Murphy, Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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The Boston Bruins suffered their second straight loss Saturday night, falling to the Ottawa Senators, 2-0. Tim Thomas got his first loss of the season, but the early Vezina Trophy and Hart Trophy candidate can’t be blamed for what was another flat effort from his teammates. Here’s a rapid reaction to a loss that had the Garden faithful booing their team off the ice.
Thomas finally loses but not at fault. It had to happen sometime, and on Saturday, Tim Thomas finally lost a game falling, to 9-1-0 on the season. But just as goaltending partner Tuukka Rask has suffered some bad luck and lack of offense in front of him in his four losses, Thomas had the same fate on Saturday. The first Ottawa goal came off a screen in front, while the second one generated from a bad bounce off the boards. Thomas still made 31 saves and gave his team a chance to win.
Did the Bruins leave their legs in Pittsburgh? For the second straight game since they scored five unanswered goals en route to a 7-4 win at Pittsburgh on Wednesday, the Bruins came out flat. They were outskated and outhustled, and as a result, found themselves down 1-0 after one period. This was quite surprising considering they were awarded a day off Friday to rest their legs and be fresh for Saturday night’s game. But for some reason, this team looks tired, and the scariest part of that is that they have played the least amount of games in the NHL at 14. Is the European trip to open the season finally catching up to them?
Power play starting to struggle. The Bruins' power play is starting to hit a rut again. They entered the game ranked 10th at 20.4 percent but they have now gone 0-for-6 over the past two games. In tight, low-scoring games like the 3-1 loss to Montreal on Thursday and the shutout loss to the Senators on Saturday, special teams are crucial, and right now, the power play just isn’t clicking. The Bruins seem to be looking for the perfect play again, rather than taking whatever chance they may get. Time to ditch fancy and get dirty.
Chara tries to send a message. We didn’t see captain Zdeno Chara getting into many fights last year due to a dislocated pinky finger. Well, the finger was never operated on as suggested by doctors, but Chara showed Saturday that, when necessary, he will still drop the gloves despite having a crooked pinky finger. What made his first-period bout with Senators pest Chris Neil necessary? In the last meeting between the Bruins and Sens, Neil went after Dennis Seidenberg -- not usually a fighter -- in the waning minutes and bloodied the Bruins rearguard. The captain, unfortunately, slipped on a loose stick and it was a relatively uneventful fight.
Recchi takes Campoli to school. Mark Recchi might be 16 years older than Senators defenseman Chris Campoli at 42 years old, but the veteran took the pupil to school in a fight with 7:46 left in the game. Recchi was most likely looking to spark his team, which was down 2-0 at the time. He the tango with Campoli at center ice and got the decision wrestling Campoli to the ice. With that fight, Recchi went beyond 1,000 penalty minutes in his career and became the 30th player in NHL history to get 1,000 penalty minutes and 1,000 points. He currently has 1,494 points and 1,003 penalty minutes. That was Recchi’s first fight since March 5, 2004.
The Boston Bruins suffered their second straight loss Saturday night, falling to the Ottawa Senators, 2-0. Tim Thomas got his first loss of the season, but the early Vezina Trophy and Hart Trophy candidate can’t be blamed for what was another flat effort from his teammates.