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Mark Recchi tied his skates and took to the ice for his 1,500th career NHL game Saturday night against the Senators, and added a goal in the Bruins 4-3 shootout win. Down 3-1 with less than two minutes to go, Recchi notched his second goal of the year to bring the B’s within a goal.
David Krejci scored the tying goal with less than a minute to go to force overtime. After both teams failed to score in the OT period, the game was to be decided on a shootout. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron scored on the team’s second shot, sending a wrister from 12 feet away to the back of the net. Jason Spezza failed to answer the goal, and the Bruins escaped Ottawa with the comeback victory.
The first two periods featured three fights and just two goals (a shorthanded goal for Daniel Alfredsson and a tally for Blake Wheeler). Byron Bitz and Matt Carkner traded fists in the scoreless first period, and then Carkner went to blows with Shawn Thornton (back from a two-game absence) in the second. Also in the middle period, Steve Begin and Chris Neil went at it, with all playersinvolved receiving the typical five-minute majors for fighting.
The third period was more finesse, and featured four goals. Ottawa lit the lamp twice to take a 3-1 lead after Milan Michalek scored his sixth of the year and Mike Fisher added his third. Then, the Bruins decided they really wanted a win down 3-1 with 1:28 left to play. Recchi scored his second goal of the year, then Krejci added the game-tying goal with just seconds remaining.
“They had no business winning that game,” Alfredsson said. “They get one goal and then get a little bit lucky. We failed to clear and [Anton] Volchenkov loses his stick and they score.” (AP Quote)
Tim Thomas finished with 27 saves for the winners, while Brian Elliot added 25 saves in the losing effort.
The teams were awful on the power play. The Bruins finished 0-for-4 and allowed a shorthanded goal in the process, while the Senators finished 0-for-3.
The Bruins next take the ice Thursday against the Devils.