Bruins slip by Senators with another late goal

Once again, the Ottawa Senators came close, hanging with the Boston Bruins for most of the night. Once again, they came away with nothing.

Bruins slip by Senators with another late goal
Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin puts the puck in the net past Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner (40) and left wing Andre Benoit (61) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON — Once again, the Ottawa Senators came close, hanging with the Boston Bruins for most of the night.
Once again, they came away with nothing.
Nathan Horton’s game-winning goal with 9:39 remaining gave the Bruins a 3-2 victory in an entertaining, back-and-forth thriller, kicking off the Senators seven-game road trip.
The Bruins have now won all four meetings this season between the teams by a single goal, continuing the heartache for the Senators, who came within centimetres of tying the game as time wound down.
Coming into the game, Senators goaltender Robin Lehner had been impressed with how his team had matched up against the Boston Bruins in the three previous games between the teams.
“We just need to step it up a little bit,” he said. “We’ve been playing (well), very hard against them, but we just need to step it up just one more step, I think, and do all the small things right.”
Again, though, the Senators just didn’t have enough.
Lehner did his part, making a career high 47 saves, but that was little consolation. Lehner is now 0-2-2 in the four games against the Bruins this season.
Senators coach Paul MacLean is now 1-7-2 against the Bruins.
Horton’s winner, over Lehner’s trapper, came after Lehner kicked out a shot from Milan Lucic.
Andre Benoit had tied the game for the Senators at the 1:55 mark of the third period, a goal which was awarded after video review showed that his shot from the blueline sailed over a diving Khudobin and off the post inside the net before bouncing out. Play had continued after the shot and officials went to Toronto to review the play at the next stoppage.
The Bruins led the Senators 2-1 heading into the third period, a hardly surprising score given the recent history between the teams.
However, the way the teams had reached that point was atypical.
The first three goals came in the opening 4:29.
Colin Greening opened the scoring for the Senators, but David Krejci and Tyler Seguin quickly responded to give the Bruins the lead that held up until…
The chances kept coming from there, as Lehner and Khudobin took turns making big stops.
The worst news for the Bruins in the second period was that star centre Patrice Bergeron left the game, holding his head, following a collision with Greening. He didn’t return to the game, but there was no immediate word on the nature or severity of the injury.
Senators rookie Mike Hoffman also left the game in the third period, following a solid check by Bruins rookie Dougie Hamilton. Hoffman, who missed eight weeks with a broken collarbone earlier this season, was favouring his shoulder as he left the ice.
While the Senators and Bruins are familiar with tight-checking games, this one was different. While there were some big hits, the contest also featured countless chances at both ends, with Lehner and Khudobin taking turns making big stops. In short, it had great tempo.
The line of Greening, Zack Smith and Chris Neil exerted control for extended periods, but couldn’t cash in while buzzing around Khudobin. Jakob Silfverberg also hit the post a shorthanded 2-on-1 break with Daniel Alfredsson.
In the first three games between the teams, the clubs had combined for only 10 goals. The Bruins had claimed a 2-1 overtime win, a 3-2 shootout victory and a 2-1 triumph.
The game opened with an exhibition of pond hockey.
The Bruins outshot the Senators 21-19 in the first period. The shot count was 33-32, in favour of the Bruins, after two periods.
GAME FILE
CHEERS: Nathan Horton, Bruins. Horton’s 12th goal of the year, midway through the third period, broke the 2-2 tie, paving the way for yet another one-goal Bruins win.
JEERS: Team defence, both teams. It’s not every night an NHL team hits the 50-shot mark, which the Bruins did. Then again, the Bruins allowed 47 themselves.
WHY THEY LOST: The Bruins got the big goal at the big time and the Senators failed to cash in with their countless chances around the Bruins net.

DEFENCE, WHAT’S THAT?: The Bruins outscored the Senators 2-1 in the opening 4:26 and the clubs combined for 40 shots in the first period. The shot counter might have a slightly itchy trigger finger, but just the same, it was far from your typical tight-checking Bruins-Senators display.

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