BOSTON -- The Bruins followed up Monday's dramatic comeback win in Pittsburgh with a complete 60-minute effort Tuesday, romping over the Ottawa Senators 6-0. Patrice Bergeron notched his first career hat trick, four players had multipoint games and Tim Thomas made 31 saves for his sixth shutout. The Bruins will host Philadelphia on Thursday in the second game of this four-game homestand.
Finally Bruins are able to carry over momentum. One of the biggest problems for the Bruins this season has been their failure to carry over momentum from a big win. Following Monday's dramatic 4-2 comeback win at Pittsburgh, which helped erase a monumental collapse in a 3-2 overtime loss in Montreal Saturday, a game against the reeling Senators on the tail end of a back-to-back had the makings of another letdown. But finally the Bruins kept the momentum going and rode it right through any fatigue they may have had. They took an early 2-0 lead in the first and never looked back. It was a step toward the consistency that has eluded them all season.
Bergeron would not be denied. The sellout crowd of 17,565 at TD Garden thought Bergeron had his first career hat trick at 14:07 of the second period, but after hundreds of hats flooded the ice it turned out Brad Marchand, not Bergeron, had given the Bruins a 4-0 lead. But Bergeron, who has a four-game streak with eight points in that span and three straight multipoint games, would not be denied. Bergeron completed the hat trick at 5:04 of the third with Marchand assisting on the goal. Hats came flying onto the ice again, but this time they counted. It was a heck of a way for Bergeron to get his first career hat trick.
Thomas answers tough loss with shutout. After making 39 saves but allowing two goals in the final 2:22 of regulation and the overtime winner Saturday at Montreal, one had to expect a determined Thomas would show up on Tuesday in his first start since that debacle. That’s exactly what happened as Thomas made 31 saves and got his sixth shutout after being named an All Star for the third time earlier in the day. Thomas didn’t have many challenging shots, but he was there when needed and quelled any momentum Ottawa tried to build.
Seguin proves he deserves All-Star recognition. After being one of 12 rookies selected to participate in the skills competition at All-Star weekend in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 29-30, Tyler Seguin went out and played like an All-Star, getting a goal and an assist. Seguin has five points in his last six games and is really starting to find his stride. He looks more comfortable and less worried and hesitant. His goal at 15:26 of the second period was a prefect example of that as he took a nice dish from David Krejci and rifled it at Senators goalie Brian Elliott, using a quick release.
Marchand showing some offensive flair. Known more for being a pest, Brad Marchand is really showing some offensive flair in his rookie season. The pesky winger has found some chemistry with Bergeron and had a goal and an assist to give him 18 points this season. Marchand’s versatility has proven to be a valuable asset for coach Claude Julien when shuffling lines.
Horton and McQuaid return, Lucic exits, Bartkowski sent down. After missing the last two games with an undisclosed injury, Bruins winger Nathan Horton returned to the lineup. But as seems to be the case lately, when one player returns from an injury, someone else exits. Milan Lucic, who has struggled as of late, missed the game with an undisclosed injury that Julien told the media occurred Monday at Pittsburgh. As a result, the forward lines were shuffled again, but obviously they clicked. The defense also saw some changes as Adam McQuaid returned and Matt Bartkowski, who played his first NHL game Monday night after being called up Sunday, was returned to Providence.
Here’s what the Bruins' lineup looked like Tuesday night:
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Zdeno Chara-Steven Kampfer
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid