Your Ottawa Senators went into Boston tonight looking to extend their winning streak to seven games as they were in a benchmark game against the Stanley Cup Champs. Riding a high, the Sens needed to play an entire sixty minutes if they were hoping to get their seventh in a row.
With the Sens surprising the league with their early season turnaround, many are wondering if this is the real Sens, or are they just taking advantage of a weak schedule.
The Sens got off to an early start as they got a lucky bounce to open up the scoring. With the Sens crashing the net, Nick Foligno scored his third of the year as he is on his his way to having a rebound year. Seconds after the goal, veteran enforcer Shawn Thornton got the Bruins the momentum back as he took on Zenon Konopka in a spirited tilt. Check out the Fight courtesy of HockeyFights.com.
With the crowd back in the game, the B’s drew a penalty and were able to capitalize on the powerplay as Milan Lucic scored his fourth goal in his last five games. But 16 seconds later, the Sens got another lucky bounce where Foligno made a sweet pass to Stephane Da Costa for his third of the year. Craig Anderson made 16 saves in the period as the Sens were outshot 17-9.
The second frame belonged to the Bruins as they out shot the Sens 16-7 and out scored them 2-0. Patrice Bergeron evened up the game with his third of the year while former Sen Chris Kelly gave the B’s the lead with his third of the year too. If it wasn’t for the play of Anderson, who was shelled with 33 shots in the first two periods, the game could have really gotten out of hand.
With the Sens in a familiar position as they went into the final frame trailing by one goal, Ottawa once again mounted their comeback. Rookie Jared Cowen notched his first career NHL goal as his wrister found its way to the back of the net from the point to tie the game at three apiece. But in a span of 2:14 minutes, the Bruins put up two goals to put the Sens in a deep hole. With the game winding down, Zach Smith and Gregory Campbell dropped the mitts in a good bout. Check out the video.
The game ended in a 5-3 Boston win which ended the Sens winning streak.
Here are the Game Highlights courtesy of NHL.com.
The Sens were outmatched tonight as the Bruins clearly wanted the game more. With Ottawa earning 12 points out of their last 14 points available, they can be proud of their play lately. However, the win streak is now in the past and the Sens have to refocus and get back on the train. The Sens don’t play until Friday when they will take on the Montreal Canadiens in Ottawa. Saturday will featured a back-to-back home game as the Sens battle the Buffalo Sabres.With Ottawa ahead of these two teams in the standings, Ottawa will need to win these games if they hoped not to be passed by them in the division and conference. ‘Til next time Sens Army, GO SENS GO!!!
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