Bruins-Senators Live: Tuukka Rask Shines in B’s 3-2 Shootout Win


Milan LucicShootout: The Bruins win the shootout 2-1, and they win the game 3-2.

Round 1
Ottawa: Jakob Silfverburg shoots wide
Boston: Tyler Seguin stopped by Robin Lehner

Round 2
Ottawa: Kyle Turris scores
Boston: Patrice Bergeron scores

Round 3
Ottawa: Daniel Alfredsson stopped by Tuukka Rask
Boston: Brad Marchand stopped by Robin Lehner

Round 4
Ottawa: Kasparas Daugavins stopped by Tuukka Rask
Boston: David Krejci scores

Bruins win.

End overtime, 2-2: The Senators’ best chance to win it in overtime came in the final seconds, but Tuukka Rask wasn’t going to let it happen.

Rask moved well laterally to close up the opening at the left post, and in the process, he was able to deny Daniel Alfredsson a rebound attempt after Sergei Gonchar shot one wide.

Overtime, 3:00, 2-2: Play has opened up some in the overtime period, but there haven’t been any real true scoring chances.

Brad Marchand continues to show that he’s a two-way player, though, with a nifty stick check on the back check in the Ottawa slot that ruined any potential chance for the Senators.

End third period, 2-2: The Bruins’ fourth line continues to give the team chances, and they almost scored the game-winner in the final minutes.

Gregory Campbell had a chance, but he was turned away by Robin Lehner in the game’s final moments. The B’s tried to scoop up the rebound, but had no such luck.

The Senators then took the puck the other way and almost scored a game-winner as well, but Tuukka Rask came up with a big point-blank save on Zack Smith.

We’re going to overtime.

Third period, 16:22, 2-2: It remains a defensive battle in Ottawa with both teams playing cautious hockey as to avoid making a big mistake.

One thing to keep an eye on: the ice has looked chippy all night, which has made for some weird bounces. With the ice getting cut up toward the end of the period, we could see a bad bounce make the difference in this one.

Third period, 11:31, 2-2: The Bruins killed the Dougie Hamilton penalty with ease.

These are two teams that pride themselves, essentially, on being stingy. So it should come as no surprise that this game has tightened up in a big way here in the third. The two teams have combined for just eight shots in the third period, with the Sens outshooting Boston 5-3 in the third.

Third period, 6:27, 2-2: The third period has been pretty back and forth, but the Bruins now have to go to work on the penalty kill.

Dougie Hamilton was guilty of cross-checking behind the Boston net, and the B’s will have to kill off a penalty for the second time. A couple of Senators took exception to the hit that sent a player into the boards and gave Hamilton a shove, but Dennis Seidenberg jumped right in to protect the rookie.

The Bruins also announced that Chris Kelly will not return, which is no surprise.

Third period, 0:30, 2-2: The third period is under way. It’s winning time.

Second period reaction: The Bruins have proved all year that they are a resilient bunch, and this game just serves as the latest example of that.

There’s still one more period to play, but the Bruins deserve credit for bouncing back to tie this game after a forgettable start to the game that saw them down 2-0 just 7:18 into the game.

The fourth line continues to impress, as it was Daniel Paille who scored the game-tying goal in the second period. He was helped along by a beautiful pass from David Krejci (still on the ice after serving a penalty). Paille, who has been known to come up short on a breakaways from time to time, buried this one with a gorgeous move and shot by Robin Lehner’s blocker side.

The injury to Chris Kelly could end up being a pretty important story line not just in this game, but in this season moving forward. To be honest, it did not look good as Kelly had to be helped off the ice and he was putting no pressure on that leg. He’s yet to return to the ice, and there hasn’t been an announcement from the team yet, but like we said, it didn’t look good. We mentioned Kelly’s faceoff prowess before the game, and he’s obviously a player who buys into the two-way game. What this means for the Bruins moving forward we won’t know until we get the extent of the injury, but this is one that could start the reshuffling of the roster if Kelly misses an extended period of time.

End second period, 2-2: The second period comes to an end with not much of anything happening.

The Bruins weren’t able to much at all going on the power play following the Zack Smith penalty.

Second period, 15:42, 2-2: The Bruins’ second line gets things going again, and while they weren’t able to score, they did earn the B’s another power play.

Tyler Seguin took a pass from Brad Marchand into the offensive zone, and he was tripped by Zack Smith as the Bruins forward brought the puck into the slot. As Seguin was falling to the ice he dished a nifty no-look backhanded pass to Patrice Bergeron, but Robin Lehner made the save.

The Bruins are going back on the power play nonetheless.

Second period, 14:48, 2-2: This game has certainly been a physical affair. Both teams have shown a willingness to just throw their weight around at will, and those hits are starting to add up.

It has also been a pretty open game for two teams who insist on playing a defensive style of hockey. The two teams have combined to put 43 shots on goal thus far, and this one is certainly up for grabs at the moment.

Second period, 8:53, 2-2: The Bruins got burned with some bad luck in the first period on the first Ottawa goal, but they just got a little bit lucky in the middle of a line change.

Daniel Paille just scored his fifth goal of the season when he took full advantage of a gorgeous pass from David Krejci who found Paille after the fourth liner had just hopped over the boards and got behind everyone.

Paille buried the game-tying goal by Robin Lehner to tie the game at 2-2.

Second period, 6:15, Senators 2-1: It hasn’t been an ideal second period for the Bruins who are still working to find some sort of consistency within this game. It won’t be easy to do that for the next two minutes, though, with the B’s set to kill off a penalty.

David Krejci was just called for slashing, and he gets sent to the box for the first Boston penalty kill of the game.

Second period, 0:43, Senators 2-1: The Bruins have been pretty lucky with injuries this season, but that might have just taken a turn for the worst.

Chris Kelly collided with Chris Neil in the neutral zone, and it looked like their knees collided. Kelly looked to have gotten the worst of it, as his knee appeared to bend backward. Kelly was down on the ice in a lot of pain for a few moments before he was helped off the ice. He didn’t put much (if any) pressure on the injured left leg as he was helped off.

Second period, Senators 2-1, 0:13: The second period is under way, with a near Brad Marchand goal on a weird bounce around the Senators’ net.

First period reaction: This was as bad of a start to a game that you’re going to see by the Bruins. The B’s allowed those two goals in the game’s first 7:18, and they looked to be in for a long night against the Senators.

However, give them credit for limiting the damage there and allowing themselves to climb back into the game. Some of the credit must go to Claude Julien for calling timeout after that second goal, one that came on just a brutal play in the Boston end. But Julien’s use of the timeout helped right the ship to an extent.

Credit must be paid to Tuukka Rask as well. The Bruins goalie came up with a huge save on Colin Greening on a 2-on-0 breakaway, and that kept the score at 2-0.

That made Shawn Thornton’s second goal of the season even more important. Not only did his tally cut the lead in half, it also gave the Bruins some much-needed momentum heading into intermission.

End first period, Senators 2-1: The first period comes to an end with the Bruins trailing by just one.

Also, upon a second review of the game summary, it looks like Adam McQuaid did get the boarding penalty on his hit against Chris Neil.

That matched the instigating minor, but the Bruins got a power play because Patrick Wiercioch also got an additional two minutes for instigating while wearing a visor.

First period, 19:16, Senators 2-1: The Bruins’ fourth line has been playing very, very well as of late, and that’s not only being measured in the small things that may not show up on the stat sheet, but they’re also starting to show up in terms of goals.

Shawn Thornton just scored his second goal of the season on what was certainly a full-line effort. The line established possession in the Ottawa end and Thornton eventually scored after his shot into net-front traffic eventually found its way into the net.

That’s obviously a big goal being able to cut the lead in half heading into the dressing room.

First period, 15:04, Senators 2-0: It was an ugly power play for the Bruins, and maybe that was the hockey gods evening things out.

Either way, the Bruins waste an opportunity to get back into this game, and they still trail 2-0 with the first period winding down.

First period, 11:41, Senators 2-0: The Bruins looked like they just got a little bit lucky.

Adam McQuaid appeared to board Chris Neil with a hit in the corner that left Neil on the ice for a couple of minutes. Patrick Wiercioch went right after McQuaid and instigated a fight with the Boston defenseman. However, McQuaid wasn’t called for the boarding, so the Bruins actually get a power play out of it with Wiercioch going to the penalty box for instigating.

First period, 11:27, Senators 2-0: The Bruins aren’t able to get anything on the board during the power play, but it was a pretty solid power play nonetheless.

The Bruins got a handful of chances on the man-advantage, and one of those near chances even led to an official review. It was clearly no goal on a Nathan Horton wraparound attempt, but the B’s did put the pressure on there.

However, when you’re down 2-0 in the first, you need results.

First period, 9:21, Senators 2-0: The Bruins will get a chance to get back in this game, thanks to a questionable call.

Zack Smith tried to let up on a check against Chris Kelly, but it was just enough to get him a boarding call. He goes to the box for two minutes, and the Bruins will try to get something going.

First period, 7:18, Senators 2-0: This is not how the Bruins wanted to start this game, not by a long shot.

The Bruins just got sloppy with the puck in their own zone, and the Senators made them pay yet again. Johnny Boychuk tried to pass the puck to Nathan Horton along the boards in the Boston zone, but Horton couldn’t corral the puck.

That allowed Kyle Turris to pick the puck up in the slot and beat Tuukka Rask with a wrist shot from the slot to give the Sens a 2-0 lead.

First period, 6:42, Senators 1-0: You’d be hard-pressed to find much positive about the Bruins’ first few minutes. They gave up the early goal, and they’re being outshot 6-0 in the early going.

But the one good thing, relatively speaking at least, was the latest shift from the third line. They did get a near scoring chance in front after they were able to get some puck movement in the Ottawa zone that produced a shot from Dennis Seideneberg at the top of the offensive zone.

First period, 0:55, Senators 1-0: The Senators just got a lucky break and they took full advantage of it.

Sergei Gonchar sent a pass up ice that bounced through the neutral zone and past Adam McQuaid, and Guillaume Latendresse was the lucky recipient. He slipped in behind McQuaid and used a deke to get Tuukka Rask out of the net some before sliding the backhander by the Boston goalie.

First period, 0:01, 0-0: It’s time to play hockey in Ottawa. The Bruins and Senators are under way.

7:20 p.m.: Here are a couple of quick notes from the Bruins’ game notes.

This game will mark the 400th career game for David Krejci, and it also marks Zdeno Chara’s 5ooth game with the Bruins.

The Bruins have four players in the top seven in faceoff percentage. Those players are Patrice Bergeron (first), Chris Kelly (fourth) and David Krejci (seventh).

Claude Julien is one win shy of tying Milt Schmidt for second on the Bruins’ all-time wins list.

6:35 p.m.: If there was a place for the Bruins to open this brutal stretch, it might be in Ottawa against the Senators.

The B’s have absolutely dominated Ottawa in the Sens’ own barn as of late. Boston hasn’t lost at Scotiabank Place since April 7, 2009. Boston was won nine straight in Ottawa, which is their longest road winning streak going right now.

The Bruins won their three games in Ottawa last season by a combined score of 13-6.

2:26 p.m.: The Bruins are going with Tuukka Rask, who was first off the ice this morning, according to the team’s Twitter account.

Opposing Rask and the B’s will likely be Robin Lehner. <<JB

10:30 a.m. ET: When the NHL schedule was first released in January, one week likely stood out for the Bruins. That week would be this week.

The B’s head to Ottawa on Monday night for their first game of the week, their first in a week that will see them play five games in seven days. Boston plays Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of this week. Counting their travel from Boston to Ottawa, the Bruins will travel four times this week.

The Bruins will take on the Senators for the second time this season Monday. The B’s beat their Northeast Division rival 2-1 in overtime on Feb. 28 in Boston. That begin a stretch of five road games for the Senators, a stretch they struggled with. The Sens went 1-2-2 on the trip, salvaging it with a win on Friday against the Rangers.

The Bruins, meanwhile, have won two in a row and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. That’s thanks in large part to the play of the Patrice Bergeron line, which has seen Tyler Seguin start to turn things around. The young forward has five goals in his last five games entering Monday night’s divisional battle with Ottawa.

Puck drop at Scotiabank Place is set for 7:30 p.m.

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