Friday, February 18, 2011

Game 59: "Oh, Canada" Road Trip Game 1 of 5

The big story before this game was that through some crafty dealing, Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli finally got what he was after. The Bruins acquired Tomas Kaberle from the Toronto Maple Leafs. The deal included that the B's would send a minor league player, a 2011 first-round pick, and a conditional second-round pick in 2012 to the Leafs.

The nifty GM was not done yet. In order to clear up the cap space to pick up the rest of Kaberle's contract, which was about $4.25 million, the B's sent forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart to the Atlanta Thrashers for center Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik.

It might be premature to say that the Bruins are done shopping before the trade deadline, but they got their puck moving defenseman and some veteran centers. Just take it and leave it. Are they contenders now? They always were, but now they have some veteran fire power that will be essential in the playoffs.

With all of that being said, we have a game to get to. It was the Bruins second game on their six game road trip and their first of five in Canada. Tonight they took on divional foe Ottawa Senators. After a solid game in New York last night, Tuukka Rask got the start in goal.

After a scoreless first period, the second period opened up with Senators going up 1-0 on a nice goal by Bobby Butler, his third goal in three games. However, Brad Marchand tied it up at 1-1 on a fast break away and on a nice pass from Tyler Seguin.

The Bruins were called for three penalties in the third period, but only allowed one power play goal, scored Alexei Kovalev late in the game. However, Nathan Horton (15th of the season), Dennis Seidenberg (6th of the season), and Marchand (18th of the season, 2nd of the game) netted goals earlier in the period. This proved too much much for Ottawa as the Bruins won 4-2. The Senators have the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 18-31-9 (45 points).

Gold Star: Tuukka Rask (32 saves on 34 shots, .941 save %)
Danielle Paille...It is not like that it was a terrible game for Paille, but with only 11 shifts and finishing with a -1, it is hard to generate production.

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