WHY THE SENATORS LOST
As usual, they were terrible in their own end and couldn’t score at the other one. A handful of turnovers put the Senators down 3-0 in the first 22:50, and the Bruins put the pedal down from there. It was another distressing loss in a season full of them. There is no argument left that this campaign and team can be salvaged as is. The Senators have plenty of contracts coming off the books in the summer and high draft picks coming. It’s rebuild time.
Patrice Bergeron, Bruins
The Bruins’ centre is on an exception run. He scored two goals Saturday against the Canadiens and added two assists in Pittsburgh Monday. His hat trick against the Senators makes it seven points in four days. Honourable mentions to Tyler Seguin, David Krejci and Brad Marchand, who each picked up a couple points.
Chris Campoli, Senators
Campoli has quietly gone about his business this year, playing a solid game and avoiding many of the glaring mistakes that have plagued his defence colleagues. Not Tuesday night, though. He was responsible for two of the terrible giveaways that resulted directly in goals against, essentially costing the Senators the game.
The first period. Had the Senators gotten off to a quick start, they might have been able to put a tired team on the ropes. The Bruins were coming off a hard-fought, emotional comeback win over the Pittsburgh Penguins the night before. Ottawa lost its concentration instead, and giving up an early, multi-goal lead to the best goaltender in the league this season (Tim Thomas) is a recipe for disaster.
- 6: Career shutouts against the Senators for Thomas.
- 1: Period of play for Mike Brodeur after Brian Elliott got the hook.
- 0-4-2: Ottawa’s record in its last six games.
- 1: Number of losses in the Senators’ last four trips to Boston.
- 27th: Ottawa’s position in the overall standings.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
It’s a good thing Bergeron completed his hat trick at 5:04 of the third period — there would have been a lot of wasted headwear otherwise. Beantown fans thought he’d actually tipped No. 3 in during the second period and showered the ice with caps as a result. A replay showed Marchand’s pass to the front of the net actually bounced in off Sergei Gonchar, however.
The only battle the Senators won in this game was a second period fight between Matt Carkner and Boston’s Shawn Thornton. It started out fairly even, but ended with Carkner landing a powerful right that bloodied his opponent’s nose. Momentum-builder? Not so much. Boston scored two quick goals in the following minutes.