Bruins Fend Off Senators Late, Win Second Straight

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – a late go-ahead goal helped push the Bruins by the Ottawa Senators in a tightly contested, exciting night of hockey. The B’s squeezed out their third one-goal victory over the Sens this season on Tuesday night, with a Nathan Horton tally late in the third period serving as the dagger in Boston.

The Good

Shots, Shots, Shots – For the first time in, like, forever, the Bruins managed to put together a full 60 minutes of hockey. The Senators peppered the B’s with 47 shots on the night and yet, amazingly, they were outchanced. A full game’s effort resulted in the B’s offense unleashing 50 shots on net and a plethora of scoring chances, a promising sign for an offense that has looked lackluster at best recently.

OMG A FIRST PERIOD GOAL - The B’s managed to get on the board in the opening period for the first time in seven games on Tuesday night. In fact, they scored twice in the opening 20 minutes. Way to get the game’s start time right, guys!

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Tyler Seguin - Seguin had arguably his best game of the season on Tuesday night, scoring his 12th goal of the year in that opening period, and, in all honestly, probably should have had at least a few more. He only ended up getting the one but he managed to create scoring chances aplenty for himself and had 12 shots on net (the most by a Bruin since Bill Guerin back in 2001). After a slow start to the season, it’s encouraging to see Seguin get his confidence back and return to his role as an offensive force on this team.

DobbyTuukka Rask enjoyed a second straight off night while backup Anton Khudobin put forth another awesome effort in net for the B’s. Dobby had 45 saves en route to his second W between the pipes in as many starts and almost made the save of the year when he nearly pulled off a superman diving save on an eventual Andre Benoit goal in the third period.

Nathan Horton - With Tuesday’s acquisition of Jaromir Jagr, many have speculated that the Bruins will slide Horton down to the third line and insert Jagr in the first line alongside fellow Czech David Krejci. Well, after a less than stellar first half of the season, Horton has found his game and making his case for avoiding a demotion. The winger found the back of the net for the game-winner in the third period, making it his fourth consecutive game with a goal.

The Bad

 Johnny Boychuk – Boychuk didn’t have a terrible game but he committed a brutal cross-checking penalty late in the third period that put forced his team to kill off the final half minute in a 6-on-4 disadvantage. The B’s haven’t exactly been rock solid with third period leads this season so it would be in the team’s best interest to avoid stupid penalties that could potentially lead to another deflating letdown.

Jerome Iginla - Not a whole lot to complain about the B’s effort against the Sens, but Iginla scored his first goal for the Pens on Tuesday night. That bastard.

The Ugly 

Head Games – Patrice Bergeron left the game midway through the second period when he took an incidental elbow to the head from a Senators player in front of the Bruins net. Bergy looked a bit shaken almost immediately and never returned to the game. He’s had issues with the head in the past so Bruins fans better pray that this was only a minor blow. Dougie Hamilton also came up woozy and headed down the tunnel after delivering a vicious open ice hit during the third period, though he later returned to the Bruins bench. Here’s to hoping their aren’t any long-term setbacks for either of these important pieces.

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Pete Blackburn
Founder & lead editor of The Nosebleeds. Journalism graduate of Endicott College, Class of 2013. Boston born & raised. Lover of sports, binge television watching, music that doesn't suck & everything '90s. Not a tall drink of water. Follow @PeteBlackburn