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Bruins Overtime is a postgame feature providing extra news, notes and analysis from each game. Boston defeated the Ottawa Senators, 4-3, on Tuesday night in Boston, MA.
Well once again the Bruins managed to find a way to win Tuesday night after being down two goals late into the second period. They pulled off more third period heroics as well, outscoring the Senators 2-0 in the last frame and outshooting them 13-7-- a drastic shift from being outshot 13-5 in the second.
Boston now leads the Northeast Division by six points over second best Ottawa.
Arguably the most exciting goal of the game also happened to be the game winning goal for the Bruins, and it came from the hands of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. With 12:51 left to play in the game, and the score tied 3-3, Seidenberg took a slapper from the center red line and managed to beat Senators goalie Craig Anderson to take the 4-3 lead.
"It took a one bouncer and then, yeah, it hit my stick and went in," Anderson said about the goal. "So, it’s just one of those things where I have to make the save and at the same time it took a crazy bounce."
Defenseman Joe Corvo had the assist on the goal, and while Seidenberg has been known to shoot (and score) on that kind of play, it still got the bench excited for obvious reasons.
"That was pretty good," Corvo said. "I was pretty much the equivalent of the old dump in off the dasher and going in. But, yeah, he had one like that in the first period that, if it was on net, it would have went in. It was exactly the same thing. And that second one on net went in."
When asked if he could make that shot from the red line, Corvo said, " No. No, I can shoot as hard as I want from there and it’s never going in."
Not only are the Bruins good at coming back in the third period to win games (they have a +38 differential in the third period alone), but they also have a knack for scoring late into periods. Tuesday night, Milan Lucic cut Ottawa's lead in half with 45 seconds left in a rather dismal second period performance for the Black and Gold. His goal was one of only five shots they recorded in the period, but it was the right thing they needed heading into intermission.
"It’s huge," Lucic said. "Obviously it’s a great way to finish off a period, feeling good about yourselves heading into the dressing room. Obviously, you know, still wasn’t that great of a feeling because we felt like we got outworked and lost a lot of battles in the second period, but in the end we still had some confidence knowing that we were just one goal down, instead of two goals down heading into the third. And obviously our power play came up big and we were able to pull one through."
The Bruins power play did go 2-for-4 on Tuesday, including the tying goal from Brad Marchand in the third period.
Boston now has a 10-1-1 record when they score in the final minute of any period this year.
After a week of whirlwind talk about things not involving hockey, fans and media alike can stop talking about how Tim Thomas' off-the-ice life decisions will affect the team. The crowd gave Thomas a standing ovation at the beginning of the game, and in return, Thomas put up a win in the record column.
"Yeah, I was happy to hear the reception from the fans," Thomas said. "It was just good to hear, you know? And I wanted to get them a win real bad. When we got down there in the second I didn’t know if we’d be able to pull it off, but we found a way again."
Thomas had 30 saves on 33 shots and faced 13 of those shots in the second period, when the Bruins looked out of sorts the entire 20 minutes.
"I think that people just – I didn’t see the ovation; I just saw them cheering him--everybody was probably waiting to see what the reaction was going to be," head coach Claude Julien said. "So it was pretty clear that they still respect him for his hockey skills, and they certainly are not holding anything against him for his view on the rest."
The B's should be still relatively rested, and they will have to be ready for the Carolina Hurricanes that come in on Thrusday. The B's have yet to win a game against this team, and this will be the fourth meeting between the two this year.
The Bruins have developed a love for the third period heroics, now increasing their third period differential to a +38 and their overall differential to +71--best in the NHL.
The B's headed into the locker room after a rather dismal second period where they only managed to put five shots Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson for the whole twenty minutes. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ice, Tim Thomas was being bombarded and faced 13 shots in that same period.
But that all changed in the third, the as has been the case for the majority of their games, the Bruins came back in the third and dominated.
It started when Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson was called for tripping 46 second into the final frame. The Bruins were already 1-for-1 on the power play and Brad Marchand's diligence and determination on that particular opportunity tied the game up, just 2:20 into the third.
However, the back breaker came five minutes later, when Dennis Seidenberg slapped a routine puck towards the net from the center red line. The puck evidently caught Anderson off guard, and the Bruins suddenly found themselves up 4-3 on the flukey goal, with half a period to go.
The B's were able to hold onto the lead and earn two points in the first game of the second half of the season.
Boston now sits just one point behind the first place New York Rangers with 66 points after tonight. In the Division, they have sole ownership of first place--six points ahead of the Senators.
However, this game wasn't all fun for the Bruins, and they had to fight their way back a number of times.Though the B's were the first team to score in the game, there were some obvious holes in their play.
Captain Zdeno Chara netted the first goal of the game with a hard slapper from the blueline. That put Boston up 1-0. However, Colin Greening came back in the same period and put one past the All Star goaltender Tim Thomas evening up the score.
The Bruins did not commit a penalty all game, except for the two major fighting penalties they were charged in the first period. Shawn Thornton and Adam McQuaid squared off with Chris Neil and Zenon Konopka respectively.
After forty minutes of play, the Bruins fell behind 3-2 after registering only five shots on net the entire period. Meanwhile the Senators found the back of the net twice in the period, putting up 13 shots in the second frame.
The Senators then took a two goal lead six minutes later when defenseman Erik Karlsson caught Zdeno Chara off guard and formed a 2-on-1 in the Bruins defensive zone. He pulled the trigger near the hash marks and snapped it again past Thomas.
Thomas currently has 23 saves on 26 shots this game.
Milan Lucic gave the Bruins a little bit of hope with 45 seconds left in the period. The Senators defense fell apart a little bit and Lucic found an open slot with Peverley and he scored his 18th of the season, cutting the Senators lead to just a goal.
The period captured two goals and two fights in the first 20 minutes of play as each team tried to vie for the advantage early on.
The Bruins captain most appropriately started the scoring, blasting a shot from the blueline 11:57 into the game, traffic clogging the slot.The goal came on the power play after Sergei Gonchar was called for hooking down Brad Marchand.
But the Senators came back, though it was late in the period. Greening tied it up with 1:20 to go in the period after taking a pass from Filip Kuba. Thomas was facing Kuba, and Greening came crashing through the zone and tapped it in through the slot.
Both teams finished with 12 shots on net, after starting off the period slowly. The Bruins only had one shot on net through the first five minutes.
Event: Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 7 p.m. EDT.
Location: TD Garden (Capacity: 17,565), Boston, MA.
Broadcast Info: Tuesday's game between the Bruins and the Senators will be broadcast live on NESN. The game can also be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.
Last Time Out: It’s been a while since either team has played in a regulation game, and both dated back to last Tuesday--a total of seven days ago.
The Bruins took on the Capitals and amidst the turmoil they have experienced the past few weeks, they were unable to convert two points on the game, losing 5-3.
Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley each netted a goal, but Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault stole the show with his first career hat trick. His third goal put the Capitals up 4-3 in the third, and former Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman put in the empty netter.
Meanwhile before hosting the All Star weekend, the Senators headed over to Phoenix to take on the Coyotes. However, they were unable to come up with two points, though captain Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Neil each put up a goal in a 3-2 loss.
Storyline: In this past weekend, the All Star Game was all about "Team Chara" versus "Team Alfredsson," and though both teams will be a little different heading into tonight, the mentality still stays the same.
There will be seven players that could potentially be getting the nod to play tonight that were also in the All Star game. For the Bruins, Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin and for the Senators, Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek were all named all stars.
Alfredsson had a chance to net a hat trick in front of his home crowd in the third period on Sunday, but the wall that was Tim Thomas prevented the captain from getting too excited, and instead he just took the two goals in a 12-9 game.
Now, as the second half of the regular season begins, the Bruins will face the Senators for the third time this season, taking the first two meetings so far. The B’s were able to score five times on them in each game, and Thomas was in the net both times.
Nathan Horton will remain out of the lineup tonight, still suffering concussion like symptoms, while Andrew Ference will serve his third game of a three-game suspension tonight.
Players To Watch:
Today is Tyler Seguin’s 20th birthday, and it would be fitting coming off the All Star break with an all star performance in tonight’s game. The lines were shaken up a bit with the absence of Horton, so also expect some hard play from Zach Hamill, Benoit Pouliot and Steven Kampfer as they will try and fill some of the holes created by absent players.
Prediction: The Bruins have taken some much needed rest, and I think they will come out more focused and driven for the beginning of the second half of the season. Final Score: Bruins 4, Senators 2.
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Just two days after the All Star Break, and the two All Star team captains from last weekend will lead two very different teams tonight at TD Garden and for two important points.