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Fresh off a 6-3 win over the Islanders last night, the Bruins (32-19-7) travel north tonight to take on the Eastern Conference cellar dwellers, the lowly Ottawa Senators (18-30-9).
The B’s were able to snap a season-long three-game losing streak on Long Island last night, in a game that featured six different goal scorers for Boston, and a top notch performance by backup goaltender Tuukka Rask, who made 34 saves on the night, earning himself his sixth win of the season.
Ottawa on the other hand, has gone from bad to worse lately. Winners just twice in their last 20 games, tonight the Senators will look to avoid extending their current home losing streak to 10 games, which would match the mark they set back in the 1995-96 season.
Without further delay, let’s get right to tonight’s pre-game notes to get you ready for some Friday night hockey, north of the border…
With all of these Senators either injured or traded away, it has made room on the roster for local favorite Bobby Butler to gain the spotlight. The young winger grew up in Marlboro, Massachusetts, setting all sorts of records while playing for Marlboro High School, while also playing for the Boston Jr. Bruins of the EJHL. From there, he went on to shine for four years at the University of New Hampshire, helping to lead the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament in all four seasons. During his senior year last year, Butler led all NCAA players with 29 goals, on his way to being named Hockey East’s Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker nominee. At the NHL level, Butler appeared in the final two games of the season last year for Ottawa, then started this season in the AHL with Binghamton. He has played in 11 games now with the big club this season, scoring a goal and an assist in each of his last two games.
Tags: Bobby Butler, Boston Bruins, Brian Elliott, Chris Kelly, Craig Anderson, Daniel Alfredsson, Erik Karlsson, Jarkko Ruutu, Mike Fisher, Ottawa Senators, Patrice Bergeron, Robin Lehner, Sergei Gonchar, Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask