Bruins Live Blog: Tuukka Rask Blanks Senators As B’s Finish Perfect Road Trip with 1-0 Win in Ottawa

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Final, Bruins 1-0: There were some scary moments in the closing seconds, but the Bruins hold on for the victory.

Tuukka Rask makes 33 saves to get the shutout for his fourth win in a row and the Bruins finish the road trip a perfect 6-0-0.

The Bruins finally return home on Thursday when they host Tampa Bay in a clash of Eastern Conference division leaders at the Garden.

Third Period, 19:08, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins get called for icing with Anderson pulled. Big defensive-zone faceoff here with the extra attacker on for Ottawa. the Bruins use their timeout for a quick strategy session.

Third Period, 18:23, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins survive that penalty, with Bergeron and Campbell actually creating some good scoring chances shorthanded.

Third Period, 16:23, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins face a huge penalty kill here, as Brad Marchand gets called for holding out in the neutral zone trying a swim move around a defender. Not the kind of penalty to take at this point in a 1-0 game.

Third Period, 14:20, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins doing a good job clogging up the neutral zone and denying Ottawa clean entries into the zone as they protect this lead.

Third Period, 9:46, Bruins 1-0: Chris Neil makes his presence felt again, plowing over Recchi with a big hit at center ice.

Third Period, 8:50, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins can't convert that power play either, though Horton nearly had a second goal with a tip off the post.

Third Period, 6:50, Bruins 1-0: Rask comes up with a couple more big saves to keep it 1-0, and the Bruins now head on another power play as Erik Condra is called for hooking.

Third Period, 5:24, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins are able to kill that off, as Campbell comes out of the box and the sides are at even strength again.

Third Period, 3:24, Bruins 1-0: Now the Bruins will have to protect that lead, as Ottawa gets its first power-play chance with Greg Campbell sent off for charging.

Third Period, 1:43, Bruins 1-0: And we finally have a goal, with Nathan Horton scoring from the top of the crease to break the stalemate.

Horton finished a play started by Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, finally putting one home at the right post with his first shot of the night.

Third Period, 0:00, 0-0: And the final frame is under way. Well, it might be the final frame if anyone actually scores in this one.

Bruins Live Blog: Tuukka Rask Blanks Senators As B's Finish Perfect Road Trip with 1-0 Win in Ottawa

Second Intermission Notes: The goalies are still the story of this one, as Tuukka Rask and Craig Anderson have matched goose eggs through 40 minutes.

Rask has been the busier keeper, as Ottawa has a 24-15 edge in shots, including 14-9 in the second.

The Bruins had their best pressure on the game's only power play. They didn't score, but the combination of Tomas Kaberle and Zdeno Chara on the points showed it has the chance to be something special.

Johnny Boychuk leads the Bruins with four shots, while Dennis Seidenberg has three hits and two blocked shots. Plenty of chances for Milan Lucic, but just one of his seven shot attempts has been on net. Nathan Horton hasn't even attempted a shot yet.

End Second Period, 0-0: After 40 minutes there's still no goals in this one, as Rask and Anderson continue to duel in this one.

Second Period, 19:40, 0-0: Rask comes way out of his net to challenge Spezza, then Bobby Butler clangs iron on a shot that Rask may have gotten a piece of on the way by in a wild final minute of the second. After a review of that chance, as well as a look at Chara's earlier bid, this one stays scoreless.

Second Period, 16:02, 0-0: The Bruins with a ton of pressure on the power play, but they can't get anything past Anderson. The best chance was a one-timer by Chara in the right circle from Kaberle, but Anderson slid post to post to rob him.

Second Period, 14:02, 0-0: It took more than 34 minutes, but we finally have our first penalty of the night. The Bruins will get the power play, as Ottawa's Jason Spezza is sent to the box for tripping.

Second Period, 11:11, 0-0: Have to give credit to this motley collection of Senators, they're giving the Bruins all they can handle. Rask has been the difference as Ottawa has outshot Boston 20-11 so far.

Second Period, 9:12, 0-0: Krejci makes a hit in the corner that leads to a chance in front for Lucic, but his shot from the slot sails high.

Second Period, 5:56, 0-0: Both teams are robbed on golden chances. Bergeron sets up Recchi in front, but it hit Derek Smith's skate as Anderson tried to slide across the crease in time. Spezza then has a breakaway going the other way, but Rask stones him to keep this one scoreless.

Second Period, 4:38, 0-0: Strong shift by the Krejci line as the Bruins finally mount some pressure on Anderson.

Second Period, 2:07, 0-0: This one has the feel of a game where one mistake, one goal could be the difference.

Second Period, 0:00, 0-0: The middle frame is under way, with both clubs still looking for the first goal of the night.

First Intermission Notes: There wasn't a lot of action in the first, as the clubs felt each other out and goalies Tuukka Rask and Craig Anderson made the stops when needed.

Rask looks sharp as he draws his second straight start for the second time on this road trip. He's won three so far on the trip and could add a season-high fourth straight win in this one. He's been tested more so far, as Ottawa has a 10-6 edge in shots.

Ottawa also has a 12-8 edge in hits, with Chris Neil and Colin Greening each collecting four so far. Greening also made a nice defensive play to break up a scoring bid by Patrice Bergeron. Adam McQuaid and David Krejci lead the Bruins with two hits each. Krejci is also 3-0 on faceoffs as the Bruins have won 64 percent of the draws as a team (7-4).

End First Period, 0-0: The first period is in the books and it remains scoreless as the Bruins and Senators haven't been able to solve Anderson and Rask yet.

First Period, 18:15, 0-0: The Senators with a nifty passing play, but Jason Spezza can't handle the final dish to put it away. Bergeron is then denied on a chance at the other end as things open up a bit late in the period.

First Period, 15:44, 0-0: The Senators are putting some consistent pressure on Rask now, but the Bruins goalie has responded well. Chris Neil had the latest chance with a bad-angle shot from the right side that Rask smothered with Zack Smith at the top of the crease looking for the rebound.

First Period, 12:13, 0-0: Rask with the save on Ryan Shannon from the left side. That's one of the few threats the Senators have mounted in what's been a pretty quiet first period so far.

First Period, 7:32, 0-0: Michael Ryder with a nice move in the neutral zone and a burst of speed for a scoring bid down the right slot, but Anderson makes the save. The Bruins are starting to find their legs and create some chances.

First Period, 5:25, 0-0: Steven Kampfer takes a big hit from Ottawa tough guy Chris Neil, but Kampfer makes the play to get the puck in deep.

First Period, 3:03, 0-0: Some early pressure from the fourth line, with Tyler Seguin crashing the net trying to bang in a feed from Shawn Thornton.

First Period, 0:00, 0-0: This one is under way in Ottawa, with the Bruins looking to extend their season-high win streak to six games and finish a perfect 6-0-0 on this road trip.

7:30 p.m.: The Bruins will open this one with Patrice Bergeron between Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi up front, Tomas Kaberle and Adam McQuaid on defense and Tuukka Rask in goal.

The Senators counter with Colin Greening, Jason Spezza and Bobby Butler up front, Filip Kuba and Erik Karlsson on the blue line and Craig Anderson in goal.

7:20 p.m.: The Bruins have scratched Daniel Paille again, while Andrew Ference (lower body) remains out.

Ottawa is without Daniel Alfredsson (back), Milan Michalek (foot), Pascal Leclaire (groin), Peter Regin (shoulder) and Matt Carkner (lower body). No healthy scratches for the Senators, who shipped out all their healthy spares in their pre-deadline fire sale.

7 p.m.: It's Tuukka Rask against Craig Anderson in goal as expected.

Anderson was a Bruins briefly back in 2006. He never got into a game, but did dress as a backup for five games. He was claimed off waivers from the Blackhawks, then lost on waivers to the Blues in a wild month for the goalie.

6:30 p.m.: The Bruins are almost ready to come home. They just have one more bit of business to take care of in Ottawa with the sixth and final game of their longest road trip of the season begins in about an hour.

Tuukka Rask is expected to get the call in net for this one, as he was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate, the traditional tip-off of who will be starting that night.

Tim Thomas will get another couple days to rest up for a pair of big Eastern Conference clashes later in the week when Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh come to the Garden. Andrew Ference will also get some more rest with a lower-body injury expected to keep him out about two weeks. Steven Kampfer will again replace him on the blue line.

The Senators will get some reinforcements with Sergei Gonchar, Chris Neil and Jesse Winchester expected back from injuries, and Ottawa will need all the help it can get with the exodus of players with the club's fire sale before the trade deadline.

8 a.m.: The Bruins will wrap up their season-long six-game road trip Tuesday in Ottawa, and they'll have a chance to make it a perfect trip.

Boston is 5-0-0 so far on the trip, their first five-game win streak of the season. One of those victories already came in Ottawa, as the Bruins beat the Senators 4-2 in the second game of the trip back on Feb. 18.

That wasn't an easy win, though. The Bruins needed three goals in the third to pull away from the Senators, who have been putting up quite a fight against a lot of teams lately, despite all the veterans traded away in Ottawa's fire sale.

Ottawa has won three of its four games since that loss to the Bruins, including a 4-1 win over Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia in their last outing on Saturday. Ottawa also shut out a suddenly hot Toronto team 1-0 and pounded Florida 5-1 in this recent stretch.

Still, the Senators are last in the East at 21-32-9 and have traded away Mike Fisher, Chris Kelly, Jarkko Ruutu, Brian Elliott, Alex Kovalev and Chris Campoli, while Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Michalek, Sergei Gonchar, Chris Neil, Jesse Winchester and Peter Regin are all injured. Their roster is filled with call-ups from the AHL and reclamation projects plucked off waivers.

The Bruins, meanwhile, have been bolstered by the additions of Tomas Kaberle, Nick Peverley and Kelly, and are playing their best hockey of the season as they look to finish this trip in style.

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m., so check back here throughout the day for updates on all the action.

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