Bruins vs. Senators: Khudobin Stellar In Net, B's Hold Up 2-1 Lead In Third Period

The Bruins hope to finish their final away game of the season off right before heading back home, but they will have to do it without some key players in the lineup.

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Bruins vs. Senators Final Score: Milan Lucic Pads Boston's Lead, Bruins Win 3-1

Greg Zanon's first goal of the season proved the decisive one as a short-handed Boston Bruins squad got a stellar performance in net from Anton Khudobin in his first start as a Bruin and held off the Ottawa Senators by a 3-1 score on Thursday night at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

Benoit Pouliot and Milan Lucic also scored for Boston, which forced Ottawa to compete for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and the right to play the Bruins in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With Washington's win over Florida, the Capitals could still clinch seventh with a win and an Ottawa loss on Saturday.

Torey Krug got hit first career NHL point on Lucic's goal, which he had the secondary assist on.

Jason Spezza scored the lone goal for the Senators, who couldn't tilt the ice in their direction for any extended period of time.

Ottawa plays at New Jersey on Saturday. Washington plays at the New York Rangers

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Bruins Vs. Senators Score Update: Zanon, Spezza Tally; Boston Leads 2-1

Greg Zanon scored his first goal as a member of the Bruins and Anton Khudobin continued his strong play in between the Boston pipes as the Bruins increased their lead to 2-0 courtesy of a Zanon slapshot from the point early in the second period at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Thursday night.

A holding call against David Krejci produced a second Senators power play, but again Ottawa was unable to capitalize on the advantage, even though Daniel Paille spent the last 30 seconds of the kill playing without his stick.

A strong move into the middle of the ice by Jason Spezza created a chance off a deflection that Khudobin got his blocker on but wasn't able to keep out of the net just before the 14 minutes mark of the period, and Ottawa seemed to get some momentum from the goal, but couldn't find a way to even the score.

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Bruins Vs. Senators Score Update: Benoit Pouliot Puts Boston Up 1-0 After 20 Minutes

Brian Rolston and Benoit Pouliot connected on a beautiful goal and the shorthanded Boston Bruins skated out to an early lead against the homestanding Ottawa Senators in the first 20 minutes of play from Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Thursday night.

Anton Khudobin looked more than comfortable in between the pipes for Boston during most of the period, despite the fact that he was playing behind what was practically an AHL defense with Zdeno Chara in Boston and Johnny Boychuk on the shelf with a knee sprain. Khudobin stopped all 17 Ottawa shots he saw.

The Bruins controlled play for most of the period, attacking the Ottawa zone with ease despite the fact that they, too, were shorthanded without Selke Trophy candidate Patrice Bergeron (yeah, he's in Boston, too).

A slashing penalty called on Rolston gave Ottawa a power play and a chance to tie the game up, but the Sens were unable to make much of the man-advantage.

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

Event: Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators
Date/Time: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Location: ScotiaBank Place (Capacity: 19,153), Ottawa, Ontario.
Broadcast Info: Thursday’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 did not improve their record against the Penguins in their last game, after Pittsburgh took a 5-3 win against them in Boston.

The B’s were down 2-0 rather quickly in the first period, with Sidney Crosby and Paul Martin scoring to put the Senators in the lead. However, Benoit Pouliot also scored before the end of the period and cut the lead in half.

Just 18 seconds into the second frame, Milan Lucic netted his own goal tying the game up, but it wasn’t enough for the B’s. They gave up two quick power play goals late and that was enough to bury them. Rich Peverley did score late in the third though, but it was too little too late.

Senators forward Jason Spezza scored his 33rd goal on Tuesday, but it was one goal too short for the Senators who fell 2-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

However, they have won four of their last five games heading into the playoffs.

Storyline: The Bruins have the season series won against the Senators, and tonight could be a preview of the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins will be without some of their key players, including Tim Thomas, captain Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk.

Jason Spezza has been a Bruins killer this year and continues to shine after netting that 33rd goal in his last game. For the Bruins, David Krejci has been on a roll and looks to help his team even without some of the elite players before the playoffs.

Players To Watch: Tonight’s game could be the time for anyone to shine, though both teams are going to put an emphasis on not getting injured. Anton Khudobin could definitely be one to watch for the Bruins though.

Prediction: B’s have done well against this team this season, and just because they are without a couple of players, doesn’t mean they won’t shine. Final Score: Bruins 4, Senators 2.




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

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NHL Standings 2012: Bruins Primed For First Round Matchup With Ottawa

It's not as if they aren't familiar with the Senators as it is - they are, after all, the Bruins fiercest division rival these days - but the defending champs ought to take notes on tonight's game against Ottawa, as the two are on a collision course to meet in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Boston, with 97 points and the Northeast Division wrapped up, is locked into the second seed in the Eastern Conference. That prompted head coach Claude Julien to leave team captain Zdeno Chara, center Patrice Bergeron, and goalie Tim Thomas behind on the team's final road trip.

The Senators, with 92 points, are close to securing the seventh seed in the conference, needing just a point in either of their final two games to do so.

Here's a look at the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, where two spots remain up for grabs:

1. New York Rangers (109 points)

2. Boston Bruins (97 points)

3. Florida Rangers (92 points)*

4. Pittsburgh Penguins (104 points)

5. Philadelphia Flyers (101 points)

6. New Jersey Devils (98 points)

7. Ottawa Senators (92 points)

8. Washington Capitals (88 points)*

9. Buffalo Capitals (88 points)*

*Denotes teams who have not yet clinched a playoff berth.

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

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Bruins vs. Senators: B's Rest Up Players, Face Off In Ottawa

The Bruins hope to finish their final away game of the season off right before heading back home, but they will have to do it without some key players in the lineup.

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