Bruins Wrap: Boston Rides Hot Start To Win Over Senators In Matinée

The Bruins showed their grit in the win


Feb 12, 2022

The Boston Bruins looked determined to enjoy themselves Saturday, as they took an early lead and held onto it en route to a 2-0 win over the Ottawa Senators in a matinée game at Canadian Tire Centre.

The win improved Boston’s record to 26-16-3, while the Senators fell to 16-24-4 with the defeat.

You can view the full box score here.

Sometimes how you start makes the biggest difference.

Trent Frederic scored the opening goal just 45 seconds into the contest. After seeing how costly slow starts can be last month, the Bruins reaped the benefits of starting quickly. Frederic’s goal provided the spark the team needed to jump, and stay, ahead of the lowly Senators.

Curtis Lazar doubled the Bruins’ lead at 13:26 in the first period by showing the grit on which the Bruins relied to earn the win.

The Bruins out-shot the Senators 22-8 in the first period, establishing their dominance early and creating the margin of victory.

— Give Charlie Coyle lots of credit for his fancy puck-handling in the lead-up to Frederic goal.

Coyle arguably was Boston’s Player of the Game as he had one assist and five shots on goal in a team-high 17:30 of action.

— Nick Foligno didn’t register any points but he made his presence known on the ice, delivering six hits and putting his body on the line with three blocks.

— Jeremy Swayman didn’t have to do much in the first period but he rose to the occasion after the Senators came to life. He made eight saves each in the first and second periods before making 14 more in the third.

Coming off of a heavy defeat Thursday, the Bruins had -170 odds to win in a shutout at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Boston did just that, as goaltender Swayman repelled all 30 shots the Senators sent his way.

The Bruins will visit the New York Rangers on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. You can watch the game, as well as an hour of pregame and postgame coverage, live on NESN.

Thumbnail photo via Marc DesRosiers/USA TODAY Sports Images
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