Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Game 35: Shot After Shot (After Shot, After Shot, After Shot)

There is a reason why the Boston Bruins are looking to build on their momentum in the month of April. They have one of the more favorable schedules in the NHL in the final month of the regular season.

The B's will play 14 games in the month of April, starting on Tuesday night when they hosted the Ottawa Senators. Out of those 14 games, only five of them will be on the road. The rest will be played at home, including a four-game homestand later on in the month. 

With the NHL trade deadline coming Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. and several teams looking to be active, the B's are desperate to get a deal done. Hopefully, they will be looking to bring in one or two pieces to help them break out of their slump and put them over the edge. We will see what happens. 

Prior to the game, it was announced that the team traded for veteran forward Jaromir Jagr. He will provide the depth on the third line and will improve the power play. He already leapfrogged into a tie for fourth place on the team in scoring, which goes to show you just how much the Bruins have been struggling lately. 

As for the game on Tuesday, Anton Khudobin was back in goal for the Black and Gold. This was an interesting move playing him in two consecutive games, but it turned out to be a solid coaching decision.

In the first period, the Senators jumped out to an early lead on a goal by Colin Greening. The Bruins responded quickly by taking the lead on goals by David Krejci and Tyler Seguin. Aside from the early tallies, the action was quiet in the opening 20 minutes.

The game started to pick up in the second and third periods. Ottawa squeaked back into it with a quick snipe of a goal by Andre Benoit. In the end, it was Nathan Horton that sealed the game winner after some solid puck movement up ice from the Bruins. Boston ended up winning this one by a final score of 3-2. Both teams combined for almost 100 total shots on goal with Khudobin recording 45 saves.

A scary moment occurred in the second period when Patrice Bergeron took an incidental arm to the face and he had to leave the game. His status is unknown at the moment. It is worth noting that he has had three previously diagnosed concussions during his career.

The "new-look" Bruins will play their next game on Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils. 

Gold Star: David Krejci (1 goal, 1 assist)...He provided the points and he played a physical game. Maybe his wingers could learn something from him?

Black Star: Zdeno Chara...This was an awkward game for the Bruins captain. He got in his shots on goal, but he was very lazy defensively in this one. 

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