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Bruins score three in the third to skate away with 4-2 win over Sens

February 18, 2011

The Bruins took it to young goaltender Robin Lehner, scoring three times within six minutes in the third period. (Getty)

After a listless first period the new-look Bruins would find some comfortability with each other and exploded for three goals in six minutes in the third period to come away with a 4-2 win over the Senators. Tuukka Rask, got his second win in two days on a strong 32-save effort, keeping his team in it early and ahead late. The offense was led by Brad Marchand‘s two goals and Nathan Horton‘s two-point night. Andrew Ference also chipped in with two assists for the victors.

After a busy day of traveling and trading, it was somewhat understandable that the Bruins came out slow. Ottawa was rested and waiting for the Bruins to come to them and although they had a hybrid AHL/NHL roster, they were the better looking team in the first period. It was clear that the Bruins chemistry needed to be retooled as well with Chris Kelly and Tomas Kaberle seeing their teammates for the first time.

The Bruins played tentative until they got the games first power-play, showcasing their new power-play quarterback for the first time. The segment saw some good perimeter passing but that was about it. They never really got much rubber on Robin Lehner, the Senators young, untested goaltender. Tuukka Rask however, showed no ill effects from playing the night previous, making 12 saves in the first period, including some good reflex saves.

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The Senators would open up the scoring early on in the second period when Massachusetts native Bobby Butler scored a pretty goal on Rask. Jason Spezza raced with the puck up the right side, drawing attention before wheeling to Butler in the slot. Butler curled and dragged while he tried to fully control the puck and then fired while never really drawing the puck in. The shot beat Rask under his armpit and could have been saved if he had been ready.

The Bruins second power-play was more of the same as the first one, a lot of perimeter passing and shots from the point, but little to test the Senators goaltender. However, the Bruins did get some momentum back from the bid and would score a few shifts after it expired when Brad Marchand sniped high blocker side on Lehner. Just seconds after the Bruins scraped a puck out of their own crease, the Bruins raced back up the ice and scored. Andrew Ference led the rush up the middle, passed to Tyler Seguin on the right side. Ference then charged towards the net, opening up a slot for Marchand. Seguin found Marchand who took a few strides then fired home far side for the goal-scorers goal.

The Bruins would look to become the better team as the game went on, working long shifts in the Senators zone and once again, drawing a penalty, the third power-play of the game. The power-play would continue to look listless as the two units worked on developing chemistry.

The Bruins would end the period with their four consecutive power-play to start the game. The Bruins played a responsible game through the first two period but couldn’t muster enough offense to tear away from the lowly Senators.

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The Bruins power-play was cancelled out 30 seconds into the third period when Mark Recchi, who drew the power-play in the beginning, was called for tripping. The penalties would go by the wayside without any fanfare.

Tuukka Rask would keep his team in the game in the first part of the third period with several big saves. He did a good job of being aggressive in his crease, saving at least one goal in that fashion when he got a pad save while going left to right. A few sequences later Rask made a save with his shoulder and head off a bomb from the slot.

The Bruins would then turn around and get a goal of their own after some hectic time in their zone when Nathan Horton ripped a dragging wrist shot past Lehner low blocker side. The Bruins led a rush into the Ottawa zone and Milan Lucic was nearly offside on the play. David Krejci took the screen to wheel to a streaking Horton on the left side who then fired a heavy shot past Lehner for the Bruins first lead of the game.

Nathan Horton’s status as hero didn’t last very long as the sniper took a stupid penalty for holding on the backcheck on his next shift, giving the Sens a power-play with 8:22 left. The Bruins penalty-kill looked pretty good, limiting the Senators to only a couple of shots and clearing the puck a few times over the course of the penalty. They also got a power-play of their own just seconds after the Sens power-play expired and with just over six minutes left, they’d look to put the game away.

The Bruins power-play finally clicked in their fifth attempt, much thanks going to Tomas Kaberle. The Bruins began to weave up high with Nathan Horton getting the puck on his stick in the slot and wheeling towards his shooting hand. He then passed to Dennis Seidenberg who took shop on the right boards. Horton laid a nice pass in Seidenberg’s wheelhouse which Seidenberg hammered home off the crossbar and in for the cushion goal.

The Bruins snipe show would continue just moments later when Patrice Bergeron out-muscled his man behind the Ottawa net and found Brad Marchand out front. Marchand ripped a shot off the post and in for the Bruins second goal in 32 seconds before Lehner could even react.

The Bruins would elongate the game when Chris Kelly went to the box for tripping with just under three minutes left. Alex Kovalev would pad his stats with a nice tip-in goal from the top of the paint with 1:30 left. Kovalev had been walking around a lot on the power-play but snuck in front of the net, deflecting a shot past Rask.

The Senators would pull their goalie on the next faceoff with a glimmer of hope hanging in the balance. The Senators would crash the net with the goalie pulled, making it hard for Rask to see but Tuukka made all the necessary saves and got the win.

The Bruins will take the weekend off and then play the Flames on Tuesday.

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