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Dennis Seidenberg‘s wrist shot deflected off of Patrice Bergeron and barely crossed to goal line, but it was enough to give the Bruins a 2-1 win in overtime to beat the injury-ridden Ottawa Senators at the TD Garden. The goal, Bergeron’s fourth of the season, underwent video review but was ruled that it crossed the goal line to give the B’s their fifth win in a row. Their record improves to 13-2-2 and Boston is now one point behind Montreal for 1st place in the Eastern Conference with three games in hand.
Tuukka Rask made 30 saves, including a huge kick save on a breakaway opportunity by Senators center Kyle Turris midway through the second period. He also had two key saves during a high tempo, end-to-end overtime period. Having won his last five starts, Rask’s record has improved to 11-1-2. He has stopped 100 out of 103 shots in the last three games.
Nathan Horton started off the scoring with a goal (7) 5:48 into the 2nd period off a Dougie Hamilton assist in front of the Ottawa net. Milan Lucic also picked up an assist on the goal after having a great checking shift in the offensive end that kept the puck in the zone.
The Senators would answer 14:38 into the 2nd period after a breakaway by Kaspars Daugavins was stopped by Rask. The puck remained loose in the crease and Jim O’Brien would knock in the straggling puck for his fifth goal of the season. Rask was visibly upset after letting in the goal with under 20 seconds left on the power play. The goal snapped the Bruins penalty kill streak at 27 straight.
Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner was very strong between the pipes, stopping 44 of the 46 shots he faced. Fortunately for the Bruins, he just wasn’t quite strong enough.
Notes: The Bruins improve to 9-0-0 on the year when scoring first. But they also went 0 for 3 on the power play, though they did total 10 shots on net however. Boston is now 0 for 26 at home with the man advantage.
The Bruins will look to make it six straight wins in a matinee match-up against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. The puck drops at 1 PM.