Saturday, February 25, 2012

Game Sixty: B's Win In Ottawa Despite Late Surge, Questionable Hits By Sens

The Bruins handled the pesty Ottawa Senators on Saturday night and finished their six-game road trip with a 3-2-1 record. The final score of Saturday's game was 5-3 in favor of the Bruins. After what took place during this game, the final score seemed almost irrelevant.

Let's discuss the game first. Shawn Thornton was scratched from this game due to his lingering flu. Benoit Pouliot skated with Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille.

The Bruins looked real good for about the first 50 minutes of this game (spoiler) and held Ottawa to 15 total shots through the first two periods. After Erik Karlsson put Ottawa on the board first, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand responded by netting a goal each.

Carter Camper scored his first career NHL goal in the second period with an assist from Adam McQuaid. David Krejci put the Bruins up 4-1 in the third period by scoring his 13th goal of the season on the power play. No problem right? Well, there are 60 minutes in a hockey game.

Senators' captain Daniel Alfredsson netted two goals to cut the lead to 4-3. He sniped the puck from the left side of the ice on both goals, leaving Tim Thomas shaking his head. Despite a late push by the Sens, Bergeron added an empty-netter to seal the victory.

Senators' forward Chris Neil delivered a punishing, yet clean, hit on Johnny Boychuk, causing him to leave the game. Neil, known for his physical play, hit Boychuk right in the chest and followed through. Neil was also "hurt" on the play. The term "hurt" is being used very loosely in this case because Zdeno Chara skated right over to respond and Neil stayed down holding his shoulder. They did end up dropping the gloves late in the game.

Another incident took place just minutes after the Neil hit. Kyle Turris of Ottawa blindsided Joe Corvo by hitting his head into the boards. He was called for a boarding penalty on the play. A suspension should be coming Turris' way.

The Bruins remain unbeaten (4-0-0) against the Sens and hold a five-point lead over them in the Northeast Division. The B's return to the TD Garden on Tuesday night to conclude the home-and-home series against Ottawa.

Gold Star: Patrice Bergeron (2 goals, 1 assist, plus-2 rating, 9 shots on goal, 60% face-offs won)...What a way to silence the crowd by putting the game away with the empty-net goal.

Black Star: Jordan Caron...Will this be the last time we see him in a black and gold sweater?

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