Senators collapse in Boston

The Ottawa Senators were sailing along, playing well and sitting on a 3-1 lead, when all of a sudden their world turned upside down.

Senators collapse in Boston

The Ottawa Senators were sailing along, playing well and sitting on a 3-1 lead, when all of a sudden their world turned upside down.

The Boston Bruins scored three unanswered goals in just 7:44 from the end of the second to early in the third to take the lead and hang on for a 4-3 win.

The worst goal was the fourth — a shot from the centre red line from Dennis Seidenberg that was going wide but which took a weird bounce and deflected in off Craig Anderson’s stick.

Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic, and Brad Marchand also scored for Boston.

Colin Greening, Kyle Turris, and Erik Karlsson scored for Ottawa.

Tim Thomas faced 33 shots for the Bruins while Anderson faced 30.

The loss was Ottawa’s fourth straight and their third to Boston this season. They’re now 0-7-0 in their last seven against the Bruins.

“We had the game,” said Anderson.

“We were going into the third with the lead. We were playing real well. Give them credit. They battled hard. They battled to the end.”

He was ruing the long goal, a combination of a bad bounce and bad luck.

“It took one bounce, then it hit my stick and went in,” he said.

“Just one of those things where I’ve got to make the save, but at the same time it took a crazy bounce.”

Karlsson said the game is an object lesson in playing all three periods.

“I don’t think we had the game,” he said.

“There’s 60 minutes to play and they did a good job for the full 60 minutes and we had some minutes where we weren’t really on top of our game against probably one of the best teams in the league.

“We know that we can’t really take our foot of the gas for one second, or it’s going to cost us.”

Coach Paul MacLean noted the obvious — that the four-game losing streak isn’t fun. But he had to give his players credit.

“I thought we played real well for a lot of the game,” he said.

“We had the lead going into the third in a tough building against a real good team. But we took too many penalties, made a bad line change, and then a puck skips and goes in.

“So we had a little bit of bad luck as well, but I thought our team played real hard for the whole game and we certainly gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game.”

He was, however, dismayed that his team didn’t get one power play while the Bruins were given four.

“Obviously we’re not doing enough,” he said. “We’ve got to play harder to get more respect, that’s all there is to it.”

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WHY THEY LOST: Because they couldn’t hold on to a 3-1 lead. After scoring three straight goals to take the lead, they gave up three straight goals – including one from the centre red line.

STUD: Brad Marchand. He’s the kind of guy you hate unless he’s on your team. He a big tying goal early in the third by outmuscling Chris Phillips to get to a rebound that Anderson couldn’t hold.

DUD: Craig Anderson. He actually played great for much of the game. But anytime you give up a goal on a shot from centre ice, you pretty well lose the argument.

KING OF THE PENALTY BOX: Zenon Konopka’s first-period fight with Adam McQuaid was his 17th major of the season. It gave him 159 penalty minutes so far and a comfortable lead over Philly’s Zac Rinaldo, who went into the night second with 124 penalty minutes.

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