Senators 1, Bruins 0: Early Goal Good Enough For Ottawa's Win Over B's

Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner made 32 stops to earn his first NHL career shutout, leaving the Bruins frustrated at the end of a long February.

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Bruins Overtime: B's Need Scoring Support, Long Road Ahead

Bruins Overtime is a postgame feature providing extra news, notes and analysis from each game. Boston fell to the Ottawa Senators, 1-0, on Tuesday night in Boston, MA.

I think everyone envisioned this game to go a lot differently for the Bruins. Normally when there is some drama with a team, they take care of business and come back to answer the call ten times over, and win in the process.

But in Tuesday night's game at TD Garden, there was something missing, and it was more than just goals in the back of Ottawa's net.

Now, in Boston's defense, they tried to drop the gloves on a number of occasions, but the Senators knew better than to do that. Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson (who scored the only goal of the night) said that it would have been a bad idea to play into that, so they continued to just play the hockey game like they knew how.

"It probably wouldn’t go so well for me," Karlsson said about getting involved with Milan Lucic. "I mean, that happens. It’s a tough game. It’s a close game. I mean, what can you do? It’s part of the game and I don’t really pay any attention to it."

So without the fights or physical aspect, the Bruins have to score, and they had no luck at that tonight as well.


This if the fifth time this month the Bruins have come out of a game without a single goal to their name. Compare that to the rest of the season, and it looks even more miserable. Taking February out of the equation, the B's have only been shutout twice. That includes the dreadful month of October.

So what gives?

Well obviously having Nathan Horton out plays a huge factor in the lack of goals. He was in prime position every time to score goals, and now they don't have another player that plays that role. He was always in front, scoring the gritty rebound goals, while Lucic and David Krejci just kept feeding him. Even though he's been out over a month, he still sits 5th on the team in goals with 17, and the top scorer only has 22.


Though they have been through half the season so far with the Islanders, both players were relieved to get the first game out of the way. Brian Rolston finished the night with just under seven minutes of ice time, but was happy with how he felt after the game.

"It takes a little bit. I played center tonight, which I haven’t played in a while, so that’s another little bit of adjustment there that I have to make," Rolston said. "But I’ve played long enough where I’ve played center for a lot of years, and it’ll just take me a game or two to feel a little more sharp here."

Fans showed their appreciation for Rolston when he stepped out onto the ice for his first shift, and they gave him an ovation. Rolston claims he heard it and was touched with the welcome.

"It was great. I’m very happy to be here, you know obviously I got a warm reception from the crowd, which means a lot to me," he said. "It was a lot of fun. And like I said, got my legs under me a little bit. I hadn’t skated in a couple days, so that’ll be good to get another practice in and start feeling more comfortable"


Even though the Bruins just came back from a lengthy road trip, they can't settle and take a breather. The last stretch of the season will certainly test this team, as they will have to play 21 games in 38 days--almost one game every other day.

Included in those games are trips out to California in the later part of March, before heading back to the East coast for the remaining games. They can't look this tired if they want to prevail, though, after a road trip they say tired legs are the norm.

But the Bruins don't 'have the luxury to come up with excuses.


The Bruins have to come back and start March off the right way with a game against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. They have outscored the Devils 14-5 in the three games they have played together and will have their own fans behind them.

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Senators 1, Bruins 0 Final Score: B's Can't Find Fire Against Ottawa, Take 1-0 Loss

Who knew that a team that outscored their opponent 19-10 in the first four games this season would come back to lose 1-0 at home, facing a goaltender who has played just three games this year.

If you said, you thought that, you might be right.

The month of February has been rough for the Bruins, as they fell to a 5-7-1 record--the first losing month they have had since October. They have also not had back-to-back wins during this month, or last month for that matter.

But if there was one good thing about tonight's game, it was Tim Thomas' play. Allowing only one goal (and with a little luck on his side for a couple of the shots), he was lights out for the majority of the game, keeping his team within one shot of coming back.

But that shot wasn't there. For the first two period, the Bruins accumulated just 15 shots, while the Senators were skating circles around them, posting 31 shots on Thomas in the same amount of time, and producing a power play goal--the first of the season series for them.

The lone goal in the game came at 14:44 in the first period, as Erik Karlsson netted his 14th goal of the season through a screen in front of Thomas. Karlsson extended his point streak to eight games and has been a force out on the ice for the Senators.

""Yup. That’s a hard two points to let slip away after we beat them last game," Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo said. " I just feel like you need to get something out of this game, a point at least, and it’s very disappointing."

One of the headlines into tonight's game was whether Corvo was going to start something with Kyle Turris after last game where Turris hit him into the glass. Nothing transpired during the game, and Corvo wasn't going to force anything.

"I asked him and he wasn’t interested," Corvo said. "It ended like that. His teammates said he wasn’t going to fight me so that’s it. I wasn’t going to be the idiot chasing him around."

There were a couple of moments where the B's were ready to drop the gloves, but none of the Senators would bite. Shawn Thornton and Adam McQuaid were among the willing.

But even without the fights, the Bruins did came back a little bit in the third period, putting up 17 shots in the final frame for a total of 32 shots. But none of them found it past Ottawa netminder Robin Lehner.

Lehner was playing in just his third game of the season tonight, and the first shutout of his NHL career. He does however, improve to 3-0-0 in those games, and has let up just four goals in that time.

"I thought the first two periods were hard for me too because I had to stand around for a bit and then they still had pretty good chances when they got them," Lehner said. "I think the D helped me a lot to see the puck and take away rebounds. I think we had a real good team game tonight."

The Bruins have the opportunity to put February behind them and look towards a March month that has them playing 17 games in 31 days. If they want to make a run before the playoffs, they have to get out of their funk and find ways to string wins together, especially when they are playing nearly every other day.

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Bruins Vs. Senators Score Update: Ottawa Puts Up 18 Shots, But Still 1-0 Through Two

The Bruins should be thrilled that they are only down 1-0 after the second period of play. Though there were no goals in the middle frame, the Senators sure tried to make it as hard for the Bruins to stay in the game as they could.

Adding another 18 shots in the second period alone has them ahead in shots 31-15 while the B's found just eight more shots against Robin Lehner.

Lehner has only played two games this season, but has two wins and only four goals against.

Meanwhile, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has continued to remain lights out, stopping everything that was shot at him this period, including a penalty kill situation courtesy of Milan Lucic.

The most exciting moment of the period came halfway through the frame, and a struggle in front of the net had Thomas down on the ice and looking in the wrong direction. Erik Condra had a gaping wide open net in front of him, right in front of the crease, but shot it wide, keeping his team at just the one goal.

Things started to get a bit physical as well, and twice Bruins wanted to drop their gloves and dance, but Ottawa wouldn't bite.

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Bruins Vs. Senators Score Update: Karlsson Gives Ottawa 1-0 Lead After First Period

The only thing the Bruins outdid the Senators in was hits. They picked up nine while Ottawa only had six.

But that didn't matter when it came down to it. The Senators took a huge period and finished the first 20 minutes up 1-0 thanks to their power play.

Prior to this game, the Senators were 0-10 against the Bruins this season on the power play. However, defenseman Erik Karlsson changed that rather quickly, picking up his 14th goal of the season and extending his point streak to eight games now.

But even with that one goal, one thing that was consistent was Tim Thomas. He was bombarded with 13 shots that period, and a number of them left the Garden crowd in awe.

Dennis Seidenberg also had a save. Halfway through the period, the Senators come up with a barrage of shots that nearly end up in the back of the net. Thomas made the initial save, but the puck was left in his crease, while Chris Neil was closing in. Seidenberg quickly cleared it though, and kept the Bruins in the game.

While the Bruins allowed 13 shots through to their netminder, they were only able to produce seven of their own. It took them over six minutes to get their first shot on net, and didn't have much presence in the Ottawa zone.

Brian Rolston came out for his first shift to a round of applause from the Garden faithful. He had two blocked shots and 4:08 on the ice. He was also responsible for the Bruins first penalty of the night.

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Bruins Vs. Senators Preview: TV/Radio Info, Time, Location And More

Event: Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 7 p.m. EST.
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: The Bruins had a couple days rest after Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Senators--the final game of their six-game road trip. But they haven’t forgotten about the game at all.

Though Patrice Bergeron scored the empty netter goal with 18 seconds left to go to earn the two points, no one on the team was completely satisfied with how the game went.

In the third period, they lost one of their top defensemen, Johnny Boychuk after he was drilled early on in the final frame by Chris Neil. He did not return and since then has been diagnosed with a mild concussion and will not be playing tonight.

Meanwhile, Zdeno Chara tried to step in to stand up for Boychuk minutes later, but it seemed like the Senators found the momentum from that fight, and captain Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals in a minute and a half to put Ottawa within one goal late in the third.

Bergeron scored the first goal of the game for the B’s as well as the last, and in between were Brad Marchand, Carter Camper (first NHL goal) and David Krejci.

The Senators on the other hand played a game on Sunday against the Islanders where they took a 5-2 win.

Islanders forward John Tavares picked up the first goal of the game in the first period, but they didn’t hold the lead long into the second.

Both Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza scored their 28th goals of the season and put the Senators up 2-1 with two power play goals.

Storyline: Though these two teams are divisional rivals, Saturday’s game was the first time you really sensed any bad blood between Boston and Ottawa. The Senators currently sit second behind the Bruins--three points behind. However, they have played four more games than Boston, so the three points is a far away three points.

However, with the way the Senators almost came back in the third period on Saturday, it will be interesting to see the backlash from it all.

Not only did the Boychuk hit cause an uproar in Boston, but also the hit on Joe Corvo from Kyle Turris. With no suspension slapped on Turris from Brendan Shanahan, know that the Bruins are going to add a little extra to their physical play.

Players To Watch: Obviously Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek are two players that you need to keep your eyes on. They are constantly moving their feet on the ice, and--as fans saw on Saturday--without Chara on the ice, putting them with Alfredsson and Erik Karlsson, is one of the most dangerous combinations in hockey.

For the Bruins, they should be showcasing some of their news players tonight, with both Nathan Horton and Boychuk out. B’s will welcome back Brian Rolston to Boston and one of the two defensemen the Bruins picked up before the trade deadline yesterday--Greg Zanon or Mike Mottau.

Prediction: This game could be the opportunity the Bruins are looking for to kick start the rest of their season. With 22 games left to go, and not having won back-to-back games since mid-January, a couple hits, a couple goals and a couple new faces could be all they need . Final Score: Bruins 5, Senators 2.

For more Boston Bruins coverage, visit our team page and blog, Stanley Cup Of Chowder.


Bruins Vs. Senators: B's Hope To Take Back-To-Back Games Against Ottawa

Things could get heated tonight after what happened in Saturday's game, as the Bruins host Ottawa back in Boston for the fifth meeting this season.

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