Ottawa Senators post-game report: Boston gets the bounce, Lehner stands tall and a rough night in the faceoff circle

Sooner or later, the Ottawa Senators string of good fortune had to run out.

 

Sooner or later, the Ottawa Senators string of good fortune had to run out.

When you’re relying on overtime or shootouts to pull out victories night after night, eventually you’re going to end up on the wrong end of the stick.

Or, as was the case Thursday, the puck is going to end up crossing the wrong goal line.

The lasting image from Thursday was Robin Lehner’s desperation dive, with his glove off and bare hand exposed, trying to prevent Patrice Bergeron’s deflection from sliding across the goal line. In the end, video review got it right, as the puck slipped only a centimetre or two across the line, giving the Boston Bruins a 2-1 overtime victory.

It’s not the result that Lehner — playing in his first NHL game in year — or the Senators wanted, but it was yet another decent game from a Senators team that continues to battle through its injury issues.

Ultimately, there are two ways to look at Thursday’s result. The glass is half empty group will talk about the end of the five-game losing streak. The glass is half-full people can talk about the fact the Senators have picked up at least a point in six straight games.

The Senators’ post Erik Karlsson record is now 5-1-1.

Here’s a thought or two to carry you through until Saturday’s matinee against the Philadelphia Flyers:The game after Ben Bishop stopped 44 shots against the Montreal Canadiens, Robin Lehner saved 44 against the Boston Bruins.

And Craig Anderson is expected to take part in full practice Friday.

THE QUOTES

Senators goaltender Robin Lehner

“I almost had it. Bergeron had my glove, so I reached out (with my hand), but it was too late.”

“You always want to win, so that part of it is no fun. But the good part is we got one point.”

“For me, I’ve got to try and take the good things out of it. I didn’t feel lost out there. I just wanted to come in here and help the team if I got a shot. I felt pretty good out there.”

 

Senators coach Paul MacLean

“We were, at times, chasing them. For a lot of the game, they might have controlled it, but we found a way to stay in it.”

“The shot count guy might be a little rusty. I didn’t think the shots (against) were that overwhelming. But we got a point on the road in a tough building.”

“I think (Lehner) had to make four or five big (saves) and that’s what we expected from him. He gave us great goaltending.”

“Every game these (young) guys play in is something. These are great experiences that are going to make them better players.”

 

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson

“I don’t think our power play is consistent enough. When you’re playing top teams, you have to take advantage.”

“I don’t think we can question our effort. It’s great to see everyone working extremely hard.”

“You want to go for it (in overtime). (Kyle) Turris had a great chance earlier in overtime. I like th way we played with the injuries we have. We used good judgment.”

“(Lehner) was solid. He was really good today. The goaltending is continuing to be extremely good for us.”

THE NUMBERS

0-10: Peter Regin’s record in faceoff circle

7-1: Jim O’Brien record in faceoff circle

10-2: David Krejci in faceoff circle

7-2: Chris Kelly in faceoff circle

4: Shots by Kyle Turris and Patrick Wiercioch

5: Shots by Patrice Bergeron

7: Hits by Milan Lucic, most on both teams

22:55: Sergei Gonchar’s ice time, tops on the Senators

26:16: Zdeno Chara’s ice time, the most on the Bruins

31: Number of saves by Tuukka Rask

44: Number of saves by Robin Lehner

 

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