Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins
Goals: Nick Foligno (Ottawa), Milan Lucic (Boston), Stephane Da Costa (Ottawa), Patrice Bergeron (Boston), Chris Kelly (Boston), Jared Cowen (Ottawa), Johnny Boychuk (Boston), Daniel Paille (Boston)
Goalies: Tim Thomas (.885%), Craig Anderson (.878%)
Man, it sure does feel nice to win again after so long! I was starting to forget how Dirty Water sounds. Plus, it’s a bit pleasant to snap the Senators’ six-game winning streak.
We did very well putting shots on goal–we had 41 overall to Ottawa’s 26–and killing penalties. On some of Ottawa’s power plays, they registered zero shots on goal. Ottawa also kept taking penalties of their own, which at one point led to the first Boston goal of the night, scored by Milan Lucic. He barely had time to properly celebrate before Stephane Da Costa, whose tenure as a Bruin is legitimately shorter than Kim Kardashian’s wedding, potted one, though.
Also, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell both got in fights that involved pushing the other guy against the glass. Thornton’s fight came after the team gave up a thoroughly ugly goal–more on that later–but Campbell’s went down when the game was already 5-3.
Let’s talk about scoring! Between goals and assists, 12 different Bruins notched at least one point tonight!
Like a parent of multiples, each goal was lovely in its own way, but my favorites were from Patrice Bergeron, of course, and then when Daniel Paille scored on a breakaway. That was pretty great to witness.
Special thanks to Campbell for getting all physical to break off an Ottawa breakaway and to Tyler Seguin for going all Michael Ryder to help make a save.
The guys weren’t being selfish enough with the puck at certain points, especially in the first. Forget about who might get an assist and just shoot the puck! Sometimes guys would wait a few seconds too long or pass to someone who ended up not being there to intercept it and it just got frustrating. This dissipated in the other periods of the game, so maybe the coaches saw this too and told the players to cut it out a bit.
There were also some vexing open net chances that weren’t capitalized on, leaving fans shouting in frustration at their screen of choice. Imagine what the score might have been!
That first goal by Ottawa was straight-up disgusting. So many things went wrong and I think that the assist could actually have been given to a Bruin. The net did get dislodged, but a moment after the puck was already in, so even though it went to review, the goal stood. It was just hideous. No more of those, please.
at Toronto Maple Leafs
Saturday, November 5
Well, we did very well the last time we met Toronto. Here’s to more of that!