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BRUINS 16-3-3 (35 pts) AT OTTAWA SENATORS 13-8-4 (30 pts)
10:44 p.m. - Postgame Snapshots: FINAL OT BOS 3, OTT 2
Coach Julien ties Milt Schmidt: With tonight's win, Head Coach Claude Julien is now tied with Milt Schmidt on the Bruins all-time wins list with 245.
Seguin - Approached with speed and tried to put one past Lehner blocker side but missed.
Bergeron - Swung out wide left and brought it back to middle and beat Lehner five-hole to tie the shootout at 1-1
Marchand - Tried to go forehand and five-hole on Lehner like Bergeron but Lehner was able to stop it with his stick.
Krejci - Wins it for the B's with his first shootout goal of the year 3-2, beating Lehner with a forehand wrist shot top shelf.
Silfverberg - Fired one wide, blocker-side and missed.
Turris - Was able to find an opening blocker-side to put one past Rask to give the Sens the shootout lead, 1-0.
Alfredsson - Approached Rask and tried to deke to the backhand but Rask was well positioned and able to stop his attempt.
Daugavins - In a rather orignal attempt, used the tip of his stick facing downward to move the puck up the ice and tried to spin last second and sneak it past Rask, but Rask remained strong and kept the puck just out of the net to keep the B's alive.
B's Best Road Start: The two point in tonight's game gives B's best road start in club history through 12 games (20 points. The Bruins had 18 points in 1929-30 going 9-3-0 through 12 games.
B's/Sens Second OT: The Bruins and Senators will both earn at least one point in tonight's matchup with the game going into to overtime. Ottawa and Boston went into overtime in their previous meeting on February 28 with Patrice Bergeron providing the B's with a game winning goal giving the Bruins two points.
PK Goes to Work Again: Dougie Hamilton was sent to the box at 6:27 into the third period for cross checking putting the B's PK to the test once again. The Bruins PK was able to hold off the Senators with a couple of key saves by Rask keeping the game knotted at two.
Kelly Update: Chris Kelly was helped down the tunnel by Bruins medical staff in the second period and did not return to the game.
B's Postgame Coverage: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
Next Game: The Bruins waste no time and get back to work tomorrow against the Penguins in Pittsburgh tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on RDS, TSN and NBC Sports Network.
9:20 p.m. - 2nd Intermission Snapshots BOS 2, OTT 2
Paille Ties It: Paille, who was just coming on the ice off a line change, was found by a perfect David Krejci pass up the seam after he picked up the puck, leading to a clean breakaway. The speedy Paille was slowed just bit before stickhandling and unloading a wrist shot beating Lehner blocker side to tie the game at two. That goal is Paille's fifth goal of the year and Krejci's 14th assist, which extends Krejci's point streak to four straight games in his 400th NHL game. The last time Paille scored in back-to-back games was on December 14, 2011 in Ottawa when he scored two goals en route to a 5-2 win, and on December 17, 2011, scoring a goal in a 6-0 win over the Flyers in Philadelphia.
B's PK: With 13:45 remaining in the second period, David Krejci was sent to the box for slashing after chopping at Philips' stick. Despite being down a man, the B's had a tremendous shorthanded chance with a two on one rush with Bergeron and Peverley leading the way. Bergeron lost the puck for a split second but was able to settle it and send it cross-ice to Peverley who was robbed on a great save by Senators goaltender Robin Lehner. The B's followed up with another chance, this time 3-on-2, and then were able to kill the penalty to Krejci without any damage.
Campbell Line Tenacity: The Paille-Campbell-Thornton line continued their strong play from the end of the first period and brought it into the second, generating the best B's scoring chances of the second period. Thornton leads the energy line with three shots on goal followed by Campbell and Paille each with two. The three have combined for seven of the Bruins 24 shots this game, providing the B's with two goals tonight.
8:27 p.m. - 1st Intermission Snapshots OTT 2, BOS 1
Thornton Scores: The Bruins energy Merlot Line came up with a huge goal for the B's with just 44 seconds remaining in the first period to make it a one-goal game going into the second. The goal was a result of incredible perseverance by Shawn Thornton who put two shots on net, the second from the right wing boards, of which just able to hit Lehner and trickle through across the goal line to make it 2-1. A key part on the goal was Daniel Paille who was able to cause commotion in front of the net and may have even screened Senators goaltender Lehner enabling Thornton to get the puck in for his second of the season. Zdeno Chara's work to keep the puck in the zone made it possible.
McQuaid and Wiercicoch Battle: Moments after McQuaid put a hit on Senators forward Chris Neil, Patrick Wiercioch engaged McQuaid. The two wrestled and exchanged a couple punches briefly, before both tumbling to the ice. The referees broke the two up and Wiercioch was sent down the tunnel for fighting, misconduct and two instigator penalties (an extra for instigating with a visor on) putting the Bruins on a two-minute power play. McQuaid received a boarding minor and a fighting major for the sequence of events. The Senators, with the NHL's second ranked PK, was able to kill off the penalty to preserve their 2-0 lead on the B's.
Bruins on the PP: The Bruins were able to generate great scoring chances on their power play with the minor penalty to Senators Zach Smith. Nathan Horton led the way on the power play for the B's with a two shots on net, one of which was reviewed with video replay by the referees and deemed no goal. The Bruins were unable to put in a power-play goal past Lehner against the second best penalty killing team in the NHL, but the power play certainly built momentum for he B's.
Turris Makes it 2-0: At 7:18 in the first period, the Bruins turned over the puck in their own end giving Chris Phillips the chance to throw a centering pass to Kyle Turris who was able to rip a shot past Rask to make it 2-0. That goal was the fifth goal of the season for Turris and Phillip's fifth assist of the season (second assist of the game).
Senators Go Up 1-0: At 55 seconds into the first, Senators forward Guillaume Latendresse took advantage of a mishandled puck at center ice by B's defenseman Adam McQuaid. Latendresse was able to control the puck that got past a retreating McQuaid leaving only Rask as the final line of defense and was able to beat the B's netminder to put the Senators up 1-0. That goal proved to be Latendresse's first goal of the year, assisted by Chris Phillips (4) and Sergei Gonchar (5).
7:31 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots:
Matchup: The Bruins come into tonight's contest having won their last two games with victories against Toronto on March 7 and Philadelphia on March 9. The B's will look to make it three in a row versus an Ottawa team that has been looking to establish consistency ever since the Bruins halted their five-game streak on February 25, topping the Senators in overtime. The Bruins had a season high 46 shots on goal in that game , while Ottawa was able to snap the Bruins stretch of 27 straight penalty kills that same night.
Starting Goaltenders: Rask (12-2-3, 1.97 GAA, .927 Save %) vs. Lehner (1-0-2, 1.91 GAA, .948 Save %). Rask is 3-0-0 with a 1.40 GAA and a .957 Save % with one shutout in four career games against Ottawa. Lehner is 1-1-1 with a 1.97 GAA and .946 Save % with one career shutout in three career games against Boston.
Streaking: Linemates Milan Lucic and David Krejci look to extend their three-game point streaks tonight, with Lucic earning three helpers and Krejci potting one goal and three assists during that span. Tyler Seguin rides a streak of his own having netted three goals in his last two games.
Faceoff Leaders: Patrice Bergeron leads the NHL in faceoff percentage, giving his team possession of the puck at a rate of 61.5% off the drop. Teammates Chris Kelly (4th in NHL) and David Krejci (7th in NHL) are among league leaders as well winning their faceoffs at a clip of 60.0% and 58.6% respectively.
Bruins Success in Ottawa: The B's have enjoyed success in recent years playing on the Senators home ice, having won nine straight road games in Ottawa. The Bruins last loss against in Ottawa came in a 3-2 decision on April 7, 2009. In their last 11 games against the Senators, the B's have only lost once with their last loss coming on February 28, 2012.
Milestones Approaching: B's Captain Zdeno Chara will skate in his 500th game (NHL game 1,030) in a Boston Bruins sweater alongside forward David Krejci who will be appearing in his 400th (NHL game 400)… Bruins forward Chris Kelly is currently one goal shy of his 100th NHL goal… The next win by the Bruins will be Head Coach Claude Julien's 245th, which will tie him with Milt Schmidt for 2nd all-time on the B's win list.
Special Teams Comparison:
Boston: 11-for-68 on the PP (16.2%, 21st in NHL), 82-for-89 on the PK (92.1%, 1st in NHL)
Ottawa: 14-for-83 on the PP (16.9, 14th in NHL), 82-for-92 on the PK (89.1, 2nd in NHL)