Observations: Bruins 5, Sens 3
February, 25, 2012
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com
The Boston Bruins withstood a late Ottawa Senators rally and took a five-point lead in the Northeast Division on Ottawa with a 5-3 win in Ottawa Saturday night. Patrice Bergeron had two goals and an assist to lead the way for Boston while Brad Marchand, Carter Camper and David Krejci also lit the lamp for the Bruins. Tim Thomas had 27 saves to earn his second straight win and the Bruins finished their six-game road trip 3-2-1.
Bergeron continues to shine: While the Bruins have been inconsistent lately, Patrice Bergeron seems to never take a night off and is arguably the Bruins MVP this season. Maybe he doesn't register a point every night, but Bergeron gives himself and those around him a chance to succeed every night. Bergeron had two goals and an assist, his second of the night -- an empty netter with 19 seconds left in regulation -- helped the Bruins squash a late Senators rally. Bergeron is finally a candidate for the Selke Trophy for his solid defensive play, but his offensive game has been just as good and it comes through when the Bruins need it most.
Chara and Krejci continue to regain form: After struggling through most of the month of February, Zdeno Chara and David Krejci are starting to find their games and it couldn't come at a better time for the Bruins. Chara had two helpers and also dropped the gloves with Senators tough guy Chris Neil in retaliation for Neil's big third-period hit on Johnny Boychuk, who did not return. Chara has three points in his past two games after scoring the Bruins' lone goal Friday at Buffalo. Meanwhile, Krejci scored his second goal in his past five games and is playing with more confidence and more physicality.
Camper scores first NHL goal: In only his third NHL game, Carter Camper registered his first NHL goal at 3:57 of the second period. Camper battled hard in front and was able to knock home the rebound of an Adam McQuaid shot. Thus far, Camper has shown no fear driving to the net. His keen hockey sense may be able to keep him on the Boston roster longer than expected.
Thornton out with flu; Hennessy returns: Shawn Thornton was able to battle through flu-like symptoms the past two games but it appears the flu bug finally got the Bruins enforcer and leader. Thornton was not in the lineup Saturday and as a result Josh Hennessy returned. Hennessy skated most of the game with frequent Providence Bruins teammates Carter Camper and Jordan Caron. Here's what the lineup looked like Saturday:
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-Chris Kelly-David Krejci
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Benoit Pouliot
Josh Hennessy-Carter Camper-Jordan Caron
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid