Seriously I mean it when I say it is about time. The Boston Bruins defeated the Ottawa Senators by a score of 5-3. That means the negative talk is over. We can all exhale a big sigh of relief.
The Bruins still hold the last place in the Northeast Division and knocking off a divisional rival like they did tonight is a step in the right direction. But they still need to dig themselves out of the early hole that they have created.
Boston actually fell behind again in the opening period. Nick Foligno and Stephane Da Costa had the goals for Ottawa in the first 20 minutes. Milan Lucic scored a power play goal in between the opposing tallies. The power play looked very well tonight for Boston despite only capitalizing on one man advantage. They worked the puck around and took high percentage shots.
By the end of the second period, the Bruins had taken the lead. Patrice Bergeron scored his third goal of the season after receiving a nice pass from Tyler Seguin. Chris Kelly, who is not known for his offensive capabilities, had a beautiful goal near the top of the point. It was set up by Rich Peverley and Zdeno Chara. Both Peverley and Chara each had two assists in this game.
Johnny Boychuk and Daniel Paille had the third period goals for Boston and Jared Cowen had the lone third period goal for Ottawa. 12 different players had points for the Bruins. Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with Zenon Konopka and Zack Smith, respectively. Thornton and Campbell did their job by picking their spots and controlling their emotions, something no one did during the past two games with the Montreal Canadiens. They also had assists in the game too. All they needed was a goal each and they would have had Gordie Howe hat tricks....hey it's funny to imagine things right?
All kidding aside, this is a Bruins team that we are used to seeing from season's past. They played their style of hockey and defeated an Ottawa team that was riding a six game win streak. The B's next game will be Saturday night in Toronto when they take on the first place Maple Leafs.
Gold Star: Zdeno Chara...Along with the two assists, he was a huge physical presence on the ice.
Black Star: David Krejci...I am getting sick of Krejci already this season. There are times where it seems like he does not want to play hard. His wingers (Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton) are playing better, but I do not think it is because of him. He is not a first-line center.