Bruins snap skid, top Senators, 5-3


Bruins snap skid, top Senators, 5-3

BOSTON -- The Bruins snapped a three-game losing skid on Tuesday night at the TD Garden, as they out-shot the Ottawa Senators 41-26 and left with a 5-3 win.

Johnny Boychuk gave the B's a 4-3 lead, 6:41 into the third period, when his low blast from the right point beat Craig Anderson far-side. It came just 1:37 seconds after Jared Cowen's shot from the left point beat Tim Thomas short-side, which had tied the game at 3-3.

Daniel Paille made it 5-3 Boston just 37 seconds after Boychuk put the Bruins ahead, when he took a Shawn Thornton chip pass up the middle of the ice, came in all alone, and put a shot past Anderson add some much-needed separation on the score board.

The Bruins went into the third period with a 3-2 lead, after Chris Kelly ripped a slap shot upstairs from the high slot with two minutes left in the second. Kelly one-timed a pass from Rich Peverley, who skated the puck down the right wing, all the way behind the net, and dished the puck to his wide-open centerman.

Kelly followed up a Patrice Bergeron goal to begin the period, when Bergeron took a wrist shot from a similar spot on the ice, 4:21 into the second. Tyler Seguin made the set-up pass from the lower-right circle, sliding it back to Bergeron, the third-man in on the Bruins' rush.

Bergeron buried it and tied the game at 2-2.

Ottawa held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the first period, and quickly took the wind out of Boston's sails with the second goal.

Nick Foligno picked up a loose puck in front of the Bruins' net, after a Chris Neil shot from the right point hit B's defenseman Joe Corvo in the midsection. Corvo had no idea where the puck went, and Foligno picked it up and dropped a pass back to Stephane Da Costa, who snapped it top shelf for a 2-1 Senators lead.

The goal came just 16 seconds after Milan Lucic tied the game at 1-1, 7:12 into the game. Lucic put home a rebound from the right post with 19 seconds left on a Bruins power play.

Foligno gave the Senators an early 1-0 lead, 5:19 in, when he took advantage of a Kelly turnover in the neutral zone by skating through the high slot putting a shot off Tim Thomas' blocker. Players then swarmed to the net to get the rebound, and it bounced off several Bruins bodies and in.

Bergeron 'feeling good' in return, plays role of third period hero

Bergeron 'feeling good' in return, plays role of third period hero

BOSTON – It certainly feels appropriate that Patrice Bergeron would author a clutch game-winning goal late in the third period of his first game back after missing a week of games with a lower body injury. That Bergeron’s game-winner also arrived in the home opener at TD Garden was an added bonus once No. 37 hammered a shot from the high slot with 1:15 to go in the third period to give the Bruins their first lead of the game in a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden.

The goal arrived courtesy of a nifty setup from linemate Brad Marchand working behind the New Jersey net, and also thanks to David Pastrnak winning a battle in the corner thanks to newfound grit in his game. But the hero of the day again turned out to be No. 37, who went from missing an entire week of action to reclaiming his center role on the top line, playing 16:49 of ice time and winning 13-of-24 face-offs while generating five shot attempts.

“I think it’s pretty obvious with what he did [against the Devils]. After being off for over a week and to come back and have one practice with us then back into the game, he scores a clutch goal for us. That’s what he has always been, a clutch player for us,” said Claude Julien. “I think the third period we gave it a really good push there and I like seeing that from our team that you come out and you don’t play on your heels and you push hard and we went down by a goal but we got our game going like I said and we got a couple goals to win this for us.”

Bergeron modestly said postgame that he was just trying to get into the flow of the game after missing a healthy chunk of time with injury. But he certainly looked like he was vintage form once it crunch time. The timing was perfect as he stepped into the one-timer shot off Marchand’s pass, and beat Cory Schneider amid a strong 34-save performance by the kid from Marblehead.

“I mean I was just trying to, I guess, get my feet wet right away and use the first few shifts to kind of just get, feel good about my positioning and my skating,” said Bergeron. “As the game went on I just felt better. Of course you want to start on a good note, especially at home, and we talked about our home record in the last few years. We wanted to do the job early, especially in the first game, and it’s one step but we’re happy with it.”

It was like Bergeron didn’t miss a single beat after missing the first three games of the season with a lower body injury, and those kinds of instincts and natural ability are things worth marveling about when it comes to the Bruins.

“I was feeling good [on the ice],” said Bergeron. “It would have been nice to ride the wave of the World Cup, but that being said I thought in the first I was trying to be good position ally and kind of get myself going with the first few shifts, and just kind of go from there. Overall I thought that happened.”

While the comeback win was certainly good news for the Bruins, the best news of all is that Bergeron has returned to the lineup with no signs of an injury that surprised everybody right before the start of the regular season.