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This crop of Bruins is special, and they once again rallied behind Tim Thomas Saturday to take down the Ottawa Senators 4-0. And it didn’t take long to begin the delightful process of ripping the collective hearts out of everyone in Ottawa. The Senators did make a good save point-blank 3:28 in, but whatever. David Krejci took a turnover in front of the net and easily flipped a slap shot in unassisted 1:04 later. 1-0 Bruins.
Ottawa attempted to respond, but couldn’t quite get past Thomas, who stopped a flurry of opportunities in the 6th minute. More life arose for Ottawa after a Blake Wheeler slashing call at 17:06. Within a 30 second span shortly thereafter, Thomas stopped four quick shots.
Then, life kept sticking it to the Senators. They dinged a shot off the post at 6:26 in the 2nd, and finally scored at 7:27. Or so they thought, but the goal was immediately disallowed for a player in the crease preventing Thomas from attempting a save.
In response, Boston kept their patient defense on, and waited until the time was right for another attack. A power play is a good time to do that, so after Zack Smith was called for tripping, the Bruins sprinted down the rink with the puck, and amongst a crowd of players, Mark Recchi threaded the puck to Tyler Seguin, who followed that up with the tip-in, perfectly placed. 2-0 Bruins.
Nathan Horton had a great shot to make it 3-0 during a 1-on-0, but Brian Elliot made the save. Whatever. Lucic just went ahead and converted at 18:24 in the 2nd, moments later. 3-0 Bruins. Seguin, while he was at it, almost added another goal during a rush just past 7:00 into the 3rd.
Seguin didn’t get it done in that moment, but at 9:03, Jordan Caron sure did, on a disheartening (to Ottawa fans, at least) wrist shot. 4-0 Bruins. You could feel the energy leave the arena continuously throughout the night, but that was the definitive nail in the coffin and football in the groin for the Senators. All the remaining fans could do to pass the time was break into the Candiens’ “Ole Ole Ole” chant for a spell.
Down 4-0, and with 2:07 left, Ottawa was frustrated. Chris Neil provoked Dennis Seidenberg, and threw a few punches before the refs intervened. It wasn’t much, but that was it for fisticuffs on the night.
|04:32||BOS||David Krejci (2) Slap Shot – Assists: none|
|13:55||BOS||PPG – Tyler Seguin (3) Tip-In – Assists: Mark Recchi (5) & D. Seidenberg (4)|
|18:24||BOS||Milan Lucic (4) Wrist Shot – Assists: David Krejci (7) & Andrew Ference (1)|
|09:03||BOS||Jordan Caron (3) Wrist Shot – Assists: Patrice Bergeron (3)|
|10:53||BOS||Gregory Campbell: Roughing – 2 min|
|12:00||OTT||Mike Fisher: Cross checking – 2 min|
|17:06||BOS||Blake Wheeler: Slashing – 2 min|
|00:37||OTT||Nick Foligno: Too many men/ice – bench – 2 min|
|12:26||OTT||Zack Smith: Tripping – 2 min|
|15:54||BOS||Nathan Horton: Hooking – 2 min|
|17:53||BOS||Dennis Seidenberg: Fighting (maj) – 5 min|
|17:53||OTT||Chris Neil: Fighting (maj) – 5 min|
|17:53||OTT||Chris Neil served by Nick Foligno: Roughing – 2 min|
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