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The Boston Bruins never led in the game, but came back to beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a shootout after trailing 2-0. David Krejci scored the game winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout and also had an assist to cap off his 400th career NHL game. Bruins net minder Tuukka Rask made 30 saves to improve to 13-2-3 on the year. The Bruins beat the Senators last on Feb. 28th in OT.
Unfortunately it was not all good news for the Bruins in the win. Chris Kelly collided knees with Senators forward and former teammate Chris Neil early in the opening moments of the second period. Kelly was visibly in pain and was helped off the ice and down the tunnel to the locker room and did not return. The hit did not look malicious.
The Senators scored early off some sloppy play by the Bruins. Guillaume Latendresse scored first after a long pass from Sergei Gonchar got through Adam McQuaid in the first minute of the game. Latendresse gained control of the puck and raced past Zdeno Chara before dekeing Rask for his first goal of the season. Minutes later after a Boston turnover in their own zone, Kyle Turris beat Rask with a wrist shot to make it 2-0 and forcing the Bruins to call an early timeout. The timeout and two good power play opportunities changed the momentum of the game. The Bruins got on the board with a goal of their own in the final minute of the period off the stick of Shawn Thornton. Thornton second shot in a row trickled past Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner, who made 33 saves, for his second goal of the year. The B’s 4th line continues to play great, uptempo hockey.
The Bruins tied it up midway through the second period when Krejci fired a two line pass to Daniel Paille for a breakaway goal. Paille was coming off the bench after the B’s had just killed a penalty and skated all alone and beat Lehner for his fifth of the year.
After a scoreless third period and overtime, the Senators scored the first shootout goal off the stick of Turris who beat Rask under the blocker in the second round. Patrice Bergeron followed that up with one of his own, beating Lehner five hole. Rask made a highlight reel save off a highlight reel shootout attempt by Kaspars Daugavins (video here). Krejci then beat Lehner top shelf to end it.
With the win, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien tied Milt Schmidt for second all time with 245 wins as Bruins Head Coach. But he has quite a ways to go to catch Art Ross who has 361 wins.
NOTES: The Bruins have won their last 10 games at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa…The Bruins are 9-1-2 (20 points) on the road so far this year, which is their best road start in team history…Tuukka Rask made a big save in the final minute of regulation on Zack Smith to help improve to 4-0-0 with a 1.51 GAA lifetime against the Ottawa Senators.
The Bruins will take on the red hot Pittsburgh Penguins on the road Tuesday night. Puck drops at 7:30 pm.
Tags: Adam McQuaid, Boston Bruins, Chris Kelly, Chris Neil, Daniel Paille, David Krejci, Guillaume Latendresse, Kaspars Daugavins, Kyle Turris, Ottawa Senators, Patrice Bergeron, Robin Lehner, Sergei Gonchar, Shawn Thornton, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara