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The Senators came into Boston and shut the Bruins out 1-0. Erik Karlsson scored the only goal of the game on the power play in the first period. The Bruins had 32 shots on goal, but once again struggled to put goals on the board. The power play unit went 0-4, including a last chance in the final minutes of the third period. Tim Thomas played extremely well, making 37 saves, but his counterpart Robin Lehner stopped all 32 Boston shots.
The Bruins fail to score a goal for the fifth time this month and seventh time this season. With no help from the power play most nights, this Bruins offense needs to score early to get confidence.
Tyler Seguin has just about disappeared for the last 14 games with only one goal during that stretch. He needs to find his game if this team is going to be successful heading towards the playoffs. Seguin was aggressive Tuesday night with five shots on goal, but he also missed the net a handful of times.
The power play finished the night at 0-4 but did produce a few chances in the third period. It is easy to see the importance of a power play goal with the Senators winning the game with a goal on the man advantage.
Tim Thomas and Robin Lehner both deserved to win the game.
Lehner, the backup goalie for the Senators, got his first career shutout. He fought off the third period surge when the Bruins started to put a few shifts together with solid offensive time.
Thomas was only scored on one time while being double-screened on a power play. He really did play well enough to win, though. He made several key saves, including a late breakaway bid by the Senators.
Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau played for the first time with the Bruins. Rolston only logged 8:21 of ice time and Mottau saw 10:49. It should take these guys a few games to feel comfortable with a new team and they will see more ice time as we move forward.