BOSTON -- Newly acquired Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau were in the lineup for the Bruins, but it didn’t matter as Senators goalie Robin Lehner made 32 saves to shut out the Bruins and give Ottawa its first win of the season against Boston, 1-0. Tim Thomas made 37 saves but his team just didn’t seem to have it and now leads the Senators by just one point in the Northeast Division (though Boston has four games in hand).
Thomas did everything he could -- Unfortunately for Thomas, hockey is not simply a goalie’s duel because while Lehner was solid in his first career shutout, Thomas was outstanding and did everything he could to give his team a chance to win. Thomas was his old acrobatic self around the crease, but in a controlled chaos way that helped him win the Vezina Trophy last season. He stopped some point-blank chances, and in the final minutes stopped Zack Smith on a breakaway to keep the game at 1-0. This was Thomas’ first loss to Ottawa since Nov. 13, 2010. He had beaten them six straight times.
Bruins sleepwalking until third period -- The Bruins were asleep until the third period, getting outshot 31-15, and appeared to be going through the motions. Yes, they came back in the final frame and outshot the Sens 17-7, but it was too little, too late. The Bruins continue to lack a consistent effort and sense of urgency, which is why they were shut out for the second straight time on home ice and for the fifth time in their last 13 games.
Power failure -- The Bruins were 0-for-4 on the power play and failed to generate any real pressure on the man-advantage. In a one-goal game, the power play is crucial and the Bruins didn’t make the best of their chances.
Not much bad blood carryover -- After publicly saying he wanted to exact revenge on Kyle Turris for his high hit on him in the third period of the Bruins’ 5-3 win at Ottawa Saturday, Joe Corvo retracted his comments on Tuesday morning, saying he had “foot in mouth syndrome” to the media. Corvo kept his emotions in check Tuesday night and there was no retribution on Turris except for a slash and cross-check to Turris from Milan Lucic in the second period.
The newbies jump right in -- Newly acquired Mottau and Rolston were in the lineup while the other trade arrival, Greg Zanon, watched from the press box. Mottau was paired with Adam McQuaid and Rolston centered a line with Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron on his wings. Here’s what the full lineup looked like:
Benoit Pouliot-Brian Rolston-Jordan Caron
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Mike Mottau-Adam McQuaid