Nine observations: Bruins 5, Sens 2

December, 14, 2011
12/14/11
11:23
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Tim Thomas made 47 saves and the Boston Bruins won their third straight game with a 5-2 win in Ottawa over the Senators. Daniel Paille helped break the game open in the third period with two goals, Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley each had a goal and an assist, and Chris Kelly burned his former team again with a goal, his third point in two games against Ottawa.

Thomas answers the bell: Tim Thomas responded in a big way Wednesday night after being pulled in his last start against Columbus on Saturday. Thomas -- who came into the game with a 20-8-2 record, 1.85 GAA and .936 save percentage in his career against Ottawa -- shut the door on the Senators with a brilliant 47-save performance. Any time the Senators pressured, Thomas killed their momentum.

Paille looking healthy: It has been a tough season for Daniel Paille. He took a shot off his face and broke his nose Nov. 7, and then last Thursday Paille suffered a mild concussion. But after returning from the concussion Tuesday night, Paille looked just fine Wednesday, scoring two goals in the third period to break the game wide open. Paille has five goals this season.

Peverley and Bergeron getting hot: Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley both had a goal and an assist. Bergeron now has four assists and five points in his last three games while Peverley has two goals and an assist in his last two.

[+] EnlargeDaniel Paille
Marc DesRosiers/US PresswireDaniel Paille scored twice in the third period to help the Bruins break away from Ottawa.
Kelly burns old team again: Chris Kelly was happy to get dealt to a Stanley Cup contender last February and win it all with the Bruins, but he has no hard feelings against the Senators for trading him to Boston. Kelly is an Ottawa native and still resides there in the offseason. Kelly once again burned his former team, scoring the game-winning goal. Kelly has two goals and an assist in two games against Ottawa this season.

Penalty kill perfect again: For the second straight game, the Bruins' penalty kill killed off five straight power plays as Ottawa went 0-for-5.

Bruins strike quickly again: With Bergeron's goal at 4:54 and Paille's tally at 5:50 of the third period, the Bruins have scored two goals within a minute 11 times this season.

McQuaid ejected, could face suspension: Adam McQuaid has grown a reputation as a hard-hitting but clean defenseman. Nonetheless he made a major mistake sticking his knee out as he and Senators forward Nick Foligno crossed paths 17:45 into the second period. Foligno left the game for the remainder of the period after the knee-on-knee collision but returned in the third. McQuaid was assessed a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct. There's a good chance McQuaid could hear from league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

Bruins allowing too many shots: The Bruins allowed 49 shots Wednesday, and have allowed 40-plus shots in three straight games.

Chara and Campbell out again: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara skated in Ottawa for 30-plus minutes Wednesday but still missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. Gregory Campbell is not on the trip that concludes Saturday in Philadelphia and missed his second straight game with a fractured foot. Here's what the lineup looked like Wednesday:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Zach Hamill-Shawn Thornton

Steven Kampfer-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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