Today was the final home game of the regular season for the Boston Bruins. It was also the final divisional game as well since they took on the Ottawa Senators, a team that completely cleaned house days before the trade deadline and a team that is clearly getting ready for next year.
For the game today, Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron were the healthy scratches for Boston. Up until today, Seidenberg played in every game. This is just an opportunity for players to catch a breath before the playoffs start. We should not be surprised if we do not see Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas for tomorrow's finale.
Daniel Paille put Boston on the scoreboard first on a goal that was assisted by Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. It was good to see the entire fourth line contributing to a goal since it is going to be vital for all four lines to be playing consistent and strong come postseason. Before the end of the period, Bobby Butler (OTT) tied the game at one.
In the second period, Nathan Horton scored his 26th goal of the season on a power play. There were seven total penalties in the period alone. In the third period, Rich Peverley had an unassisted goal to put the Bruins on top 3-1 and that is how the game would end. They will finish up the regular season tomorrow in New Jersey as they take on the Devils.
Gold Star: Tim Thomas (31 saves on 32 shots, 1 goal allowed, .969 save percentage)
Black Star: Mark Recchi...even though he has a solid presence in front of the opposing goal, he finished with a -1 rating and did not record a shot. Hang in there Mark.