Bruins-Senators Live: B’s Can’t Convert Late Power Play, Fall to Sens 4-3 Despite Impressive Effort


Daniel PailleFinal, Senators 4-3: The Bruins tried like hell in the final couple of minutes, but they couldn’t convert on the power play.

The B’s had a handful of shots on or at the goal, but Craig Anderson came up big and kept the one-goal lead intact.

 Third period, 18:09, Senators 4-3: Zack Smith was just called for a faceoff violation after putting his hand on the puck following the draw, and the Bruins will be on the power play for the rest of the game.

The B’s have also pulled the goalie.

Third period, 18:09, Senators 4-3: Ryan Spooner just displayed his impressive speed, but he couldn’t find the back of the net.

Spooner flew in down the left wing and went behind the net before putting the shot on goal from a bad angle on the goal line that Craig Anderson was able to keep out of the net.

Third period, 15:25, Senators 4-3: That might be the crushing blow.

Torey Krug couldn’t control a bouncing puck at the blue line, and Bobby Ryan made him pay. The Senators forward was able to win the puck at the Ottawa blue line, and he was off to the races. Ryan put the puck from his forehand to his backhand before lifting it up under the bar to beat Chad Johnson.

Third period, 13:39, 3-3: With the third line’s ice time being cut, that means more chances for everyone else, including the fourth line.

Daniel Paille just had a scoring chance, which was the product of good forechecking from the entire line, including a big hit from Jordan Caron to keep the puck in the zone.

Third period, 13:00, 3-3: The Bruins have shortened their bench in the third period. We haven’t seen much of the third line at all in the third period, and that unit has just two shifts thus far in the final frame.

Third period, 9:42, 3-3: It looked like the Bruins had taken the goal as the puck was in the Ottawa net. Upon further review, however, it was no goal. The review deemed that Jarome Iginla had kicked the puck into the net, which appeared to be the right call.

Third period, 6:16, 3-3: The Bruins have tied the game,and it came from the blue line of course.

David Warsofsky bascically went coast to coast before carrying the puck into the right faceoff dot in the Ottawa end where he just blasted a slap shot by Craig Anderson.

Third period, 6:21, Senators 3-2: It looked like the Bruins were about to suffer some more bad luck on the injury front, but they may have dodged a bullet.

They would have avoided that entirely if Adam McQuaid was able to literally dodge a bullet off the stick of Joe Corvo that made solid contact with McQuaid. The Boston defenseman was shaken up and actually went down the tunnel, but he has since returned to the bench. He had not taken the ice between returning and the current TV timeout.

Third period, 4:20, Senators 3-2: The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty, but the Senators came close.

Mika Zibanejad was able to get a shot toward net from the left slot, but he ended up ringing the post on what was the best chance of the two minutes for Ottawa.

Third period, 2:04, Senators 3-2: This hasn’t been the ideal start to the third period for the Bruins.

Brad Marchand just coughed up the puck in the neutral zone, which started play the other way. He skated hard to attempt to get back into the play, but he didn’t get far enough back into the play and ended up getting called for a hook after some lazy stickwork.

Third period, 0:01, Senators 3-2: The third period is underway with the Bruins searching for the game-tying goal.

End second period, Senators 3-2: The second period just came to an end, and the Bruins are down just a goal as they head to the dressing room for intermission.

Second period, 19:00, Senators 3-2: The Senators are starting to get some chances int he final minutes of the period, but Chad Johnson looks really good right now.

Johnson just stopped Clarke MacArthur point blank after MacArthur took a gorgeous pass from Bobby Ryan. That was easily Johnson’s biggest save since being put into the game.

Second period, 17:00, Senators 3-2:  Nick Johnson just made a save on Erik Karlsson as the former Norris Trophy winner wound up and blasted a shot form the point that Johnson kicked aside.

Second period, 13:51, Senators 3-2: In the seconds after the power play expired, the Bruins scored what was basically a power-play goal.

Jarome Iginla crashed the net and Milan Lucic found his linemate with a gorgeous pass. Lucic put it right on Iginla’s stick, and he banged it home to bring the Bruins within a goal.

Seccond period, 13:50, Senators 3-1: The Bruins could not score on the power play and didn’t really have much of a chance to do so.

Second period, 11:48, Senators 3-1: The Bruins are going back on the power play.

Craig Anderson just tripped Reilly Smith in front of the net, and the Sens will have to kill off that two-minute penalty.

Second period, 9:54, Senators 3-1: We’re finally getting to a TV timeout here in the second period where we’re about halfway through the middle period and the game.

The Bruins are struggling to do much of anything offensively and have just two shots on goal in the second period. They did have a somewhat decent chance when Torey Krug flipped a wrist shot from the blue line at the net, but it appeared to hit Marc Methot in front of the net.

Second period, 6:00, Senators 3-1: The Bruins certainly haven’t had any sort of jump after pulling Tuukka Rask in favor of Chad Johnson.

Then again, it may be one of those nights where nothing does the trick. Johnson has stopped the two shots he’s seen since being inserted into the game.

Second period, 2:30, Senators 3-1: The Bruins were not able to do anything at all on the power play other than watch Zack Smith score a shorthanded goal.

Second period, 0:29, Senators 3-1: Looking like one of those days and nights for the Bruins.

Zack Smith just took advantage of a shorthanded 2-on-1 out of the Ottawa zone, and Smith ended up putting the backhander by Tuukka Rask to push the lead to 3-1.

That goal chases Rask, and Chad Johnson is now the Bruins’ goalie.

Second period, 0:15, Senators 2-1: The Bruins are getting a power play early in the period.

Patrice Bergeron just undressed Joe Corvo and stole the puck from the Ottawa defenseman, and then Corvo just grabbed Bergeron by the shoulder and was called for holding.

Second period, 0:01, Senators 2-1: The second period is underway in Ottawa with the Bruins looking for the game-tying goal.

End first period, Senators 2-1: The siren just sounded on the first period, and the Bruins will head to the room down 2-1 in Ottawa.

First period, 19:00, Senators 2-1: The Bruins were not able to score on the power play, and the game is back to even strength.

First period, 16:39, Senators 2-1: The Bruins are going on the power play.

Joe Corvo was called for holding, and this will be Boston’s first man-advantage.

First period, 14:28, Senators 2-1: Just like that, the Senators have the lead back.

Cory Conacher will get credited with the goal after an impressive deflection in front of Tuukka Rask that Conacher tipped from the left wing up over Rask’s left shoulder to give Ottawa the 2-1 lead.

The good news for the Bruins is that David Krejci is back on the ice.

First period, 13:54, 1-1: Jordan Caron took exception to a couple of hits from Matt Kassian, and then he decided to fight the Senators tough guy.

Caron was a big-time mismatch, but he just tied Kassian up before they fell to the ice. Good on Caron for trying to defend his teammate there against a tough customer in Kassian.

First period, 12:06, 1-1: Welcome back, Daniel Paille.

The Senators looked to have won a faceoff in the Boston end, but Paille was able to win a puck battle near the blue line and charge out of the zone with the puck and speed. Erik Karlsson tried to cut Paille down at the Ottawa blue line, but Paille worked around him before coming in and scoring the game-tying goal.

First period, 11:20, Senators 1-0: And the issues continue, or at least it appears that way. David Krejci has gone to the dressing room with some sort of issue. Unsure if it’s an injury or equipment issue.

First period, 7:04, Senators 1-0: And there it is.

It was pretty much a matter of time the way that things have gone for the Bruins, and the Senators have the early lead. Patrick Wiercioch was the beneficiary of a favorable deflection after Cody Ceci’s shot was blocked in the high slot.

The puck went straight to Wiercioch, and he bounced on the rebound and scored from the left wing.

First period, 6:40, 0-0: As expected, the Bruins — particularly Tuukka Rask — are being tested early by the Senators.

The Sens have already put six shots on goal in the first almost seven minutes, as they are certainly getting their chances early on. The loss of players like Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara really can’t be understated, and we’re already seeing it here in the opening minutes.

First period, 3:30, 0-0: Nick Johnson nearly took advantage of sloppy play from the Senators.

He intercepted an errant Ottawa pass in the Ottawa end and had a scoring chance in the slot, but he couldn’t control the puck and find the back of the net.

First period, 2:30: 0-0: The Bruins killed off the penalty to Brad Marchand despite a couple fo shots on goal from the Senators.

First period, 0:11, 0-0: The Bruins’ misery has continued right into the game.

Brad Marchand was called for slashing, and the Senators get a power play against the depleted Bruins defense just 11 seconds in.

First period, 0:01, 0-0: The game is underway with Tuukka Rask in net for the Bruins and Craig Anderson going for Ottawa.

6:45 p.m.: Zach Trotman, it’s your turn to step on up.

The youngster will make his NHL debut Saturday night with Zdeno Chara out of the lineup, and that comes after an emergency call-up. The NESN telecast just reported that the Bruins had to hire a limo to get Trotman to the game on time. With that in mind, he wasn’t on the ice when pregame warmups began before eventually getting out on the ice.

Here are the new defensive pairings (as well as lines) for the Bruins with Chara out.

Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Reilly Smith
Nick Johnson — Ryan Spooner — Matt Fraser
Daniel Paille — Gregory Campbell — Jordan Caron

Matt Bartkowski — Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug — Adam McQuaid
David Warsofsky — Zach Trotman

6:35 p.m.: On the other side of the ice, both Jason Spezza and Chris Philips are out for the Senators.

6:30 p.m.: The Bruins’ hits just keep on coming. Zdeno Chara will not play tonight and is day-to-day with an injury.

5:30 p.m.: It’s obviously been a busy afternoon, so let’s recap all that has gone on and all of the roster moves that the Bruins have had to make.

As mentioned earlier, Dennis Seidenberg is out for the season with a knee injury, so he obviously won’t play tonight or any other nights this season. The Bruins will also be without Carl Soderberg on Saturday night, as he didn’t make the trip after experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

So that left the Bruins with some moves to make. They recalled both David Warsofsky and Nick Johnson on an emergency basis on Saturday morning, and it’s expected both will play against the Senators. The Bruins then recalled defenseman Zach Trotman in conjunction with the Seidenberg injury. That’s three call-ups with only two injuries, so the Bruins sent Niklas Svedberg back to Providence, which puts his hard-earned NHL opportunity on hold indefinitely.

With all of that in mind, what will the Bruins’ lineup look like on Saturday night? Glad you asked. Here are the projected lines for now, which I’ll update if there are any changes during pregame skate.

Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Reilly Smith
Nick Johnson — Ryan Spooner — Matt Fraser
Daniel Paille — Gregory Campbell — Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara — Johnny Boychuk
Adam McQuaid — Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski — David Warsofsky

3:30 p.m.: The Bruins are looking to win two games in as many nights on Saturday night, but they will have to do so without one of their most important players.

When Boston takes the ice on Saturday night in Ottawa, it will do so without the services of Dennis Seidenberg. The veteran defenseman was lost for the entire season Friday night when he suffered a torn MCL and ACL late in the Bruins’ 5-0 loss. It’s a tough blow, no doubt, but the Bruins will have to try and find a way to move on starting Saturday.

That’s where the B’s will look to finish off a back-to-back, home-and-home set with the Sens. The Bruins played a lethargic first period Friday night in which Tuukka Rask bailed them out in a big with 15 first-period saves. The B’s rebounded from there and went on to put a five-spot on Ottawa including four in the final 20 minutes. They’ll be looking for more of the same Saturday night.

Puck drop from Ottawa is slated for 7 p.m.

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