BOSTON -- After review, the game-winning goal stood, and the Bruins won their fifth-straight game, 2-1, in overtime on Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators.
Dennis Seidenberg's shot from the point with 1:21 left in OT was re-directed by Patrice Bergeron, and just crossed the goal line. But it took an official review to overrule the initial call, which was no goal.
But the replay was clear, and the Bruins took two points in a game that saw them give the Senators 1:29 seconds of 4-on-3 power play time on overtime.
The B's killed it, and finished the Senators off moments later.
It went to overtime because of Ottawa's goal that tied the game up at 1-1 with 5:22 left in the second period and with five seconds left on a power play after the Bruins were penalized for having too many men on the ice. Jim O'Brien knocked home a loose puck out front while several Bruins players failed at clearing it out.
Kaspars Daugavins sent it out front after he was initially stopped by Tuukka Rask on a breakaway. The goal snapped the Bruins penalty-kill streak of 27.
Nathan Horton gave the B's a 1-0 lead six minutes into the second period after he nearly whiffed on a shot from the slot. Dougie Hamilton fed a pass back to Horton from the right circle and a stick-lift attempt prevented Horton from putting everything he could into the shot. The speed fooled Robin Lehner, and somehow got past him along the ice. Credit Milan Lucic for getting the play started by making a nice play at the blue line to keep the puck in the zone and keep the play alive.
Talking Points, from CSNNE Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty
GOLD STAR: Patrice Bergeron boogied toward the front of the net to tip the Dennis Seidenberg point shot past Robin Lehner for the overtime game-winning, and that capped off a complete effort from the two-way center. He led the Bruins with five shots on net and also won 17-of-26 face-offs in the kind of game where the 27-year-old center probably feels most comfortable: a grinding, tight game where there wasn’t a lot of room around the net in the Ottawa defensive zone. Bergeron is one of the Bruins players that needs to step up his goal production and he’s got two goals in his last four games to go along with five points.
BLACK EYE: Tough night for Chris Bourque, who took a pair of penalties in the offensive zone including an interference penalty that wiped out nearly a minute of power play time after he turned a puck over near the blue line. He then reached out instinctively to stop the Ottawa skater moving down the ice and was slapped with an interference call. Bourque did have four shots on net and did some good things offensively, but those mental mistakes are the kind of miscues that he can’t be making in tight games.
TURNING POINT: Milan Lucic was whistled for covering the puck with his hand behind the Ottawa net late in the third period, and the Senators had a full two minutes of power play in the third leading into overtime. After the Bruins had allowed a man advantage goal to snap 27 consecutive power play kills, the NHL’s premier PK unit had to step up and do the job. They did just that while holding the Senators to two shots in overtime and setting up Patrice Bergeron’s game-winner.
HONORABLE MENTION: Nathan Horton made a nice little give-and-go play with Dougie Hamilton to set up the B’s first goal, and then flipped a strange change-of-pace shot at the Ottawa net that fooled goalie Robin Lehner. Horton also had a commanding four shots on net at the end of two periods as he had another golden scoring chance on a sweeping shot near the left post. Lehner was able to stop that one, however. Horton has three goals in his last four games for the Black and Gold.
BY THE NUMBERS: 0-for-26 – the Bruins remain fruitless on the power play at home this season after going 0-for-3 in Thursday’s win over the Senators.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “I thought it wasn’t our best game, I thought our legs were kind of heavy, we weren’t first to pucks on a lot of the plays but Tuukka [Rask] played really well and bailed us out when we needed him.” –Chris Kelly, not all that impressed with Boston’s game on Thursday against the Senators.