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On a great offensive night, the Bruins turned around their recent struggles with a nice 5-3 win against Ottawa. Boston had been struggling coming into action on Tuesday night, and needed a strong performance to begin turning their season around. They had lost their previous two games to Montreal, and came into the game against Ottawa with a conference worst 3-7-0 record as defending Stanley Cup champions. Tim Thomas got the start in net against Craig Anderson.
There a slight sense of desperation in the building, as Bruins fans tried their best to get the team going early on. They delivered a mighty offensive presence, firing four shots on goal amidst their first power play. A developing theme through the night, the Bruins defense was not up to par with their scoring opportunities. Ottawa scored first on a goal by Nick Foligno, hurting the intensity of the crowd. However the Bruins managed to jump right back into things and scored on a power play goal by Milan Lucic, assisted by both Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg. The goal was the fourth , of the season for Lucic, and it put the Bruins back in business…until 16 seconds later when Stephane Da Costa scored, giving the Senators two quick goals on just five shots and a 2-1 lead.
Entering the second period trailing Ottawa, the Bruins would need to play well on both ends of the puck to stay strong against the Senators. Both teams were sloppy as things got underway. The Bruins especially struggled early with maintaining possession of the puck, failing to develop plays before turning it over to Ottawa. However things changed when Patrice Bergeron finished a sequence started by Brad Marchand across the ice. Marchand scooped up the loose puck and began the play, which ended with Bergeron’s 3rd goal of the season. He now has a 5-game point streak as well, and the game was tied at 2-2.
The goal re-energized Boston with newfound life. The Bruins played with much better rhythm offensively but were lacking defensively behind Thomas. Ottawa managed to kill off a power play, but the Bruins responded with another in which their offense created scoring chances for both Bergeron and Tyler Seguin. However it was a great snipe of a shot by Chris Kelly that put Boston ahead 3-2. Chara received his second assist of the night on the goal, and the Bruins were showing signs of offensive dominance by outshooting the Senators 32-16. The game was far from over though, as Ottawa has the most third period goals in the entire NHL this season.
The Senators stayed true to their late scoring trends, opening the period with 5 early shots, including a goal by Jared Cowen 14:56. Thomas was blinded out in front of the net and never saw the puck coming, and with that the game was knotted at 3-3. It was the first career goal for Cowen, and momentum seemed to be shifting towards Ottawa while more misery was creeping in on the Bruins. But then Johnny Boychuk surprised everyone, reaching the back of the net and giving Boston a 4-3 lead. His goal was followed up by the fifth of the night for the Bruins, coming from Daniel Paille and sending the crowd into a frenzy. The Bruins won the game by the 5-3 final and got back into the win column in what could hopefully turn into a promising restart to this title defending season. They’ll look to follow it up this Saturday when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs after a few days off.