They outplayed and outworked a road-weary and seemingly disinterested Boston Bruins team for most of the night, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The Senators probably deserved a better fate here, firing 33 shots, hitting two posts (more on that later) and really fighting for every inch of ice. They may not win a ton of games from here on out, but at least they look like a young, passionate team again. The Bruins, who do win a ton of games, closed out a lengthy road trip 6-0.
Tuukka Rask, Bruins
Rask won his second game in 11 days against the Senators, stopping everything for his second shutout of the year. It would seem a little counterintuitive for Beantown to sit Tim Thomas — he of the seven straight wins in Ottawa — but you can’t argue with success. Rask stole this one for his teammates.
Erik Karlsson, Senators
He is running away with the league’s worst plus-minus, dropping another point after he couldn’t contain Patrice Bergeron in the corner on Boston’s lone scoring play. The closest player to him in that dubious department? Filip Kuba, who was also on the ice at the time.
A couple inches. The Senators nearly took the lead with about 23 second left in the second period when Bobby Butler blasted a shot off the post from the top of the circle to Rask’s left. It bounced harmlessly away, however, allowing Nathan Horton to respond quickly for the Bruins. He scored go-ahead goal for just 1:43 into the third period, allowing his team to play shutdown defence the rest of the way.
- 10: Wins in 13 tries at Scotiabank Place for the Bruins.
- 81: Points in the standings for the Bruins, who are now tied with Tampa for second in the East.
- 20: Saves for Craig Anderson in another strong outing.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
Another example of how badly Ottawa’s veteran players have underachieved this season. Prior to the game, the February Molson Cup award — based on three-star selections — was handed over to a guy who didn’t even play a game until the ninth day of the month (Bobby Butler) and another who scored two goals and three assists (Ryan Shannon) over 28 days. No offence to two hard-working young players, but that’s pretty telling.
Early in the first period, the Senators featured an extended shot of veteran defenceman Chris Phillips and his career numbers, a move that would usually elicit a nice crowd response for a player who just signed on to stay here three more years. Instead, Phillips heard a lame smattering of applause, perhaps reflecting fans’ split opinion on the deal. In our most recent SenatorsExtra.com poll, 51 per cent of respondents felt it was a good contract and 49 didn’t.