WHY THE SENATORS LOST
Their valiant attempt at keeping up with the big bad Bruins collapsed late. Here was a team wracked by injuries to key veterans, recovering from four trades in eight days (with more to come) and fielding a lineup featuring seven players who have spent time in AHL Binghamton this season. Yet they took an early lead and kept things close until finally falling by a 4-2 score.
Dennis Seidenberg, Bruins
He put the game away in style. With Ryan Shannon off serving a slashing penalty late in the third period, Seidenberg took a nice feed from Nathan Horton and blasted a one-timer over Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner’s shoulder. That made the score 3-1 and pretty much killed Ottawa’s hopes.
Erik Karlsson, Senators
Though to pick a dud in such a close-fought game, but we’ll give it to Karlsson for being the only Senator to finish a minus-three. Actually, Karlsson has been on the wrong side of scoring plays a lot lately. He’s a minus-12 in his last 10.
The Bruins took their first lead of the game midway through the third period on a play that should have been whistled down on the offside. Replays showed Milan Lucic was a step ahead of the play, but it carried on and Nathan Horton cashed in with a blocker-side shot on Robin Lehner.
- 10: Consecutive losses at home for the Senators.
- 2: Wins in Ottawa’s last 21 games.
- 2: Goals for Boston’s Brad Marchand.
- 5: Points for rookie Bobby Butler in his last three games.
- 3:55: Time remaining in the first period when new goalie Craig Anderson officially took over for Pascal Leclaire as backup.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
Hard to believe it’s only been three days since the Senators traded centre Chris Kelly to the Bruins, given all the activity since. There he was during the first T.V. timeout though, watching a video tribute to his time here and waving as the Scotiabank Place crowed gave him a standing ovation. Kelly, wearing No. 23, had zero points and played 15:09 in his first game for Beantown.
If you didn’t watch this one, you might have been expecting to read about another Tim Thomas shutout the next day. And with good reason — he has two against the Senators already this season and a 13-3-0 record in his last 16 games against Ottawa. Thomas, far and away the best goaltender in the NHL the first half of the season, watched from the bench as Tuukka Rask played his second game in as many nights, however. Could it be that the Bruins are already losing faith in Thomas because of a handful of bad games recently?