Bruins-Senators Live: B’s First Line Rolls As Boston Holds On for 3-2 Win

Bruins-SenatorsFinal, Bruins 3-2: The Bruins were able to hold on in the game’s final minutes, which included a flurry from Ottawa that saw a pile-up in the crease.

Third period, 19:28, Bruins 3-2: The Bruins are going to be shorthanded to end this game.

Johnny Boychuk was called for interference in a mad scrum around the Bruins’ net, and now the B’s have their work cut out for them with 32.3 seconds to play.

Third period, 17:32, Bruins 3-2: The Senators are making a push, and Anton Khudobin just made one of his biggest stops of the night. He turned away a Sergei Gonchar shot from the point and then did just enough to make sure there was no rebound scoring opportunity.

He got a little lucky a few minutes prior when Colin Greening redirected a Chris Philips shot in the shot, and the puck got through Khudobin, but it trickled just wide.

Third period, 14:25, Bruins 3-2: And just like that, Dougie Hamilton returns to the Bruins bench.

Third period, 14:18, Bruins 3-2: There’s still no sign of Dougie Hamilton on the Bruins bench after the defenseman delivered a big hit on Erik Condra just moments before the Nathan Horton goal.

These two teams continue to show no fear about shooting the puck. They’ve combined for 89 shots so far, with Boston holding the 47-42 edge there.

Third period, 10:21, Bruins 3-2: The Bruins have the lead once again.

And once again, it’s the first line continuing to turn it on. Nathan Horton scored his 12th goal of the year with an assist from Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

That play all started when Dougie Hamilton delivered a huge hit on Erik Condra in the Boston end. It may have come at a price, though. Hamilton got up looking a little dazed, and he eventually skated off and went down the tunnel right away.

Third period, 8:29, 2-2: Tyler Seguin has been all over the place in this one, and he’s getting his opportunities. He’s now put 10 shots on goal, and the 10th shot almost gave him his second goal.

Zdeno Chara found Seguin streaking through the neutral zone with the Senators caught in the middle of a line change, but Robin Lehner was able to come up with his 42nd save of the evening to keep this game tied 2-2.

Third period, 1:55, 2-2: It looked like Anton Khudobin may have made a brilliant save or at the very least had gotten extremely lucky.

Neither was the case, however, and the Senators have tied the game here in the third period. After a wild scramble in front of and around the Boston net, Andre Benoit unloaded a shot from the top of the slot. At first glance it looked like Khudobin recovered to make the save or the puck hit the cross bar. Play continued, but at the next stoppage, the play was reviewed and it was deemed a goal.

Third period, 0:20, Bruins 2-1: The third period begins with the Bruins leading 2-1 and playing without Patrice Bergeron.

Second period reaction: First things first. The Bruins will be in some pretty big trouble if the apparent injury to Patrice Bergeron is anything serious. He appeared to take a shoulder in the head when going for a puck in the Boston end. The Bruins just announced, actually, that Bergeron will not return to this one. That would obviously be a crushing blow for the Bruins moving forward.

Aside from that morsel of bad news, the Bruins have played pretty well through 40 minutes. They continue to pepper Robin Lehner with 33 shots through two periods, but the Senators are right there 32 shots on Anton Khudobin. Both goalies have been sensational through two periods, especially after they gave up a combined three goals in the early going.

End second period, Bruins 2-1: The Bruins try for one last rush at the end of the period, but they can’t get a shot on goal after Zdeno Chara couldn’t get all of a one-timer from the right faceoff circle.

The large shot totals continue to grow with Boston leading 33-32 in shots.

Second period, 14:06, Bruins 2-1: The Bruins were able to kill off the Rich Peverley penalty, but there’s still no sign of Patrice Bergeron yet.

Anton Khudobin is having himself another nice night, with 27 shots here late in the second period. He just had a big kick save just a few seconds ago to preserve the Boston lead for now.

Second period, 10:43, Bruins 2-1: Rich Peverley just got called for tripping, and that means the Bruins will have to kill off another penalty.

They might have to do it without Patrice Bergeron. The center went down the tunnel a few minutes ago, and it doesn’t appear that he’s returned yet.

Second period, 7:44, Bruins 2-1: The Bruins weren’t able to do anything on the power play, and they almost let the Senators tie it up actually.

Tyler Seguin got a little careless with a pass in the Ottawa end. That led to a 2-on-1 break that got Jakob Silvferburg a gorgeous goal-scoring chance, but he hit the crossbar and it remains 2-1 Boston.

Second period,2:13, Bruins 2-1: Jim O’Brien is getting pretty familiar with the TD Garden penalty box. He just earned his second penalty of the night, this one for hooking, and the Bruins go back on the power play.

Second period, 0:01, Bruins 2-1: The second period is under way here in Boston.

First period reaction: That was an unexpected first period. These two teams are among the tightest defensive squads in the league, but you wouldn’t have known that by watching the first period.

The Bruins and Senators combined for 40 shots in the first period, with three goals coming in the first 4:29.

This was one of the best first periods (or any periods) in a long time for the Bruins. They looked to have good skating legs, and while the first goal was a little disheartening, they bounced right back to grab the lead. Unsurprisingly, it has to do with the little things like going to the net and creating traffic. David Krejci got in front of the net and earned himself a goal, and Tyler Seguin’s net drive was rewarded with his 12th goal of the season just 61 seconds after the Krejci goal. Seguin has been really good so far, putting a game-high five shots on net in the first period while flying all over the ice.

The first line continues to look sharp, carrying over from the production they showed in the pair of games over the weekend. At some point, Milan Lucic is going to have to score goals. But he played, in my opinion, a strong first period. He chipped in with an assist, and he looked to take the body fairly often.

Now the Bruins need to build on that first period, and really put this one away.

End first period, Bruins 2-1: The first period comes to an end with the Bruins holding on to their 2-1 lead.

The B’s outshot the Sens 21-19 in the first.

First period, 14:20, Bruins 2-1: The Senators are starting to find their legs again after the Bruins’ two-goal outburst earlier in the period. Ottawa has evened up the shot total 14-14.

First period, 12: 11, Bruins 2-1: It looked like the Bruins had pushed the lead to 3-1 when Zdeno Chara put a big slap shot by Robin Lehner, but the goal was waved off.

The referee ruled that Patrice Bergeron was in the crease, and the goal was waved off.

First period, 8:50, Bruins 2-1: The Bruins weren’t able to score on the power play, but they got a couple of real nice chances.

They put two shots on goal and have now outshot Ottawa 13-6.

However, the B’s will go on the penalty kill for the first time after Andrew Ference was called for putting his hand on the puck in the Boston zone.

First period, 6:05, Bruins 2-1: The Bruins are going on the power play for the first time in this one.

Jim O’Brien was called for hooking.

First period, 4:29, Bruins 2-1: We expected a low-scoring affair, and so far it’s been the exact opposite of that.

Tyler Seguin just scored the third goal in the first four and a half minutes, and it gives the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Seguin had one of the easiest goals you’ll see him get, thanks to a gorgeous cross-slot pass from Brad Marchand.

First period, 3:28, 1-1: It didn’t take long at all for the Bruins to respond.

David Krejci did a great job of creating traffic in front, and it turns into a Bruins goal when a Zdeno Chara shot from the point deflects off of Krejci and into the net to tie the game.

First period, 2:48, Senators 1-0: This is certainly not the way the Bruins wanted to start.

The Bruins have come out somewhat lethargic, and the Senators have taken it to them, and that resulted in an early goal.

Boston turned it over in their own zone, and Zack Smith poked a bouncing puck in the slot by Andrew Ference to Colin Greening who beat Anton Khudobin with a backhander to make it 1-0 Ottawa.

First period, 0:30, 0-0: The game is under way here at TD Garden.

6:50 p.m.: Here’s what Peter Chiarelli had to say about where Jaromir Jagr fits in on the Bruins:

“We’ll have to see how he fits in. Obviously there’s a need on the third line, but he obviously has a higher line pedigree. I told Jaromir that we pride ourselves on four strong lines and he’s an important part, but not the part to success. So he could be on the third line. There were times when our third line has been our fourth line and vice versa so it depends on who’s going. We try to even it out, and he seemed very receptive to that.”

6:29 p.m.:  Peter Chiarelli just wrapped up his pregame media availability, and he nothing but good things to say about Jaromir Jagr.

Chiarelli said that he spoke with Jagr earlier in the day and explained to the new Bruins forward that he’s not expecting Jagr to come in and be the man. The GM said likened the addition of Jagr to the addition of Mark Recchi.

Here’s the scouting report on Jagr, according to the general manager:

“His career speaks for itself. He’s a strong player who carries the puck well. He’s consistent with our style in the sense that there’s a cycle element to his game. He’s good on the halfwall, a really good shot. He’s just a real good player. He’s 41 now, but he’s been one of the best players in Dallas, and last year he was one of Philly’s best players. He gives us an element of offense, he gives us an element of size, shooting, and in this day and age in this game you need to have the strength and fortitude — the body, whatever you want to call it — to get to the net. Whether it’s to take a shot or just to get there, to protect the puck, we believe Jaromir has that and we’re happy to get him in this rich trade market.”

We’ll have much more on that soon enough.

The Bruins and Senators just took the ice here at the Garden. Anton Khudobin will indeed start for the Bruins, while Robin Lehner will get the call for the Sens.

3:14 p.m.: The Bruins have officially acquired Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars. The B’s have yet to make any formal announcements, but the Stars did, so the trade has been completed.

Check out some instant reaction/analysis on the deal from yours truly by clicking here.

2 p.m.: Well then. We’ve already had a very, very busy day, and game time is still a few hours away.

As you may or may not have heard by now, the Bruins have reportedly acquired future Hall of Fame forward Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne and a conditional second-round pick. Nothing is official at this point, and if the Jarome Iginla fiasco taught us anything, it’s that we must make sure a deal is truly done before we get too carried away. However, it sounds like all we’re waiting on at this point is the trade call with the league.

In other news, it sounds like Anton Khudobin will be the starter against the Senators on Tuesday night. He was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, likely indicating he’s making his second consecutive start.

8 a.m.: The Bruins are struggling to score goals right now, so the Ottawa Senators probably aren’t the team they want to see. That’s who will be awaiting them on Tuesday night at TD Garden, though.

The two Northeast Division rivals will meet for the fourth time this season on Tuesday night in Boston. Only four points separate the two teams jockeying for Eastern Conference playoff position, although the B’s do have a game in hand against Ottawa.

It’s been a pretty one-sided season series thus far, at least in terms of win-loss. The Bruins have won all three meetings between the two teams, although the Senators did take points in two of those three. They were less than two minutes from getting at least a point in the two team’s last meeting on March 21, but Dennis Seidenberg scored with 1:04 left to give the B’s the win. All three meetings have been low-scoring. The two clubs are Nos. 1 and 3 in goals allowed per game, with the Sens recently overtaking the Bruins (and Blackhawks) for the league lead.

Tuesday night may also mark the Bruins debut of new forward Kaspars Daugavins, who was claimed off waivers by the Bruins from the Senators last week.

Puck drop at the Garden is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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