WHY THE SENATORS LOST
They were playing Boston, which has been an awful match-up. The Bruins’ 3-1 win was their fifth in six games against Ottawa this season, as they outscored the Senators 18-5. A big reason for their dominance has been goalie Tim Thomas who, after allowing just one goal on 32 shots Sunday afternoon, set a new NHL record for best save percentage over a full campaign (.938). The Senators were big contributors to that record, failing to score in two games against him.
Daniel Paille, Bruins
Paille is supposed to be a fourth-liner for the Bruins, but he certainly isn’t playing like it. He scored his third goal and fourth point in the last four games to set the Bruins off on the right foot in the first period.
Ryan Shannon, Senators
One mistake may have cost the Senators the game. With the score tied 1-1, Shannon hit Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid near the eye and drew blood. The Bruins scored just six seconds into the ensuing double-minor to take their second and final lead of the game. Did Shannon do it on purpose? Absolutely not. Is a player responsible for his stick at all times? Yep.
The closest the Senators got to tying things up was an Erik Condra breakaway midway through the third. He sliced in toward the net and took a shot, then picked up his own rebound with Thomas seemingly down and out. The Bruins’ unorthodox keeper somehow managed to stop that too and trap the puck with a snow angel save. Shortly thereafter, Rich Peverley beat Curtis McElhinney on the backhand to seal the game.
- 16-4: Bruins’ record against the Senators last 20 games.
- 9: Points for Jason Spezza in his last four games.
- 3 Goals for Bobby Butler in as many games.
- 26: Saves for McElhinney in perhaps his last Ottawa game.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
The CBC broadcast of the game featured an interview with Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who insisted he hasn’t thought about retirement despite back and nerve problems that stole some of his skating speed this season. Alfredsson also reiterated that he never wants to play for another team, even if it means a shot at his first Stanley Cup ring. “I obviously thought about it and obviously, even this year, we were pretty much out of the playoffs. If it was 10 years ago, probably, but I just have in my mind if I want to win a Cup, I want to do it here.”
FIGHT OF THE YEAR?
There have been some great fights involving Senators this season, but arguably the most entertaining occurred in the last game. Nathan Horton and Zack Smith, who clearly despise each other, dropped the gloves midway through the second period and didn’t stop throwing haymakers until the linesmen stepped in an eternity later. It was a bloody draw, with both players landing huge blows.