KANATA, ON – Here are 17 thoughts after the third period with the Bruins taking the Ottawa Senators down by a 2-1 score after 60 minutes of action at Scotiabank Place.
1) Rich Peverley is a healthy scratch and Ryan Spooner is the third line center between Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron. Claude Julien clearly looking to send a message to a team that’s been playing some very inconsistent hockey, and to a player in Peverley that hasn’t been good all season. Four goals and a team-worst minus-9 for Peverley in 28 games and there might be a lot more of that for other players in the future if they don’t start playing with much more urgency.
2) Bruins continue to be sluggish at the end and beginning of periods. This time it was the Kyle Turris and Jakob Silfverberg with three scoring chances in the final 50 seconds while they had Spooner, Pandolfo and Caron pinned into the defensive end. Patrick Weircioch finished off the flurry with a shot from the right circle, but Khudobin managed to turn them all away.
3) Anton Khudobin getting the call after Claude Julien called out Tuukka Rask following Boston’s collapse against Winnipeg on Tuesday night. He responds with 10 big saves and covered for his teammates at the end of the period when things were falling apart for them.
4) The Bruins almost caught up at the end of the period, but the Senators won the registered hits battle by a 13-11 margin in the first period and were up 11-6 with seven minutes to go in the first stanza. Bruins just don’t look emotionally invested in the game or sending a message coming off an embarrassing loss in the Peg. That’s a problem.
5) Tyler Seguin with a couple of shots in 5:12 of ice time and had another attempt blocked when it clocked Brad Marchand in the shoulder/neck area. At least No. 19 is playing with good skating legs and some aggressiveness in the offensive zone. That line had the best scoring chance at the end of the first when Patrice Bergeron pressured Mike Lundin, who turned it over to Marchand in front. Robin Lehner knocked away the backhander, but there wasn’t nearly enough back pressure from the Bruins consistently in the period.
6) Always liked Mike Lundin at the University of Maine, but he’s handling the puck like it’s a hand grenade tonight for the Sens. Wonder if he’ll factor into something positive offensively for the Bruins.
1) Daniel Paille fires in a goal from the right face-off dot in final minutes of the second period as part of a fourth line that’s really been one of the few good things about tonight’s game. Scary to think where the Bruins would be without Paille this season: he’s scored some very timely goals and been so consistent with his six goals.
2) Daniel Paille has two more goals scored this season than Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley. Let that sink in for a second. Credit to him but a real indictment of what those two haven’t been doing this season.
3) Anton Khudobin once again made a big stop on Jakob Silfverberg at the end of the second period immediately after Paille had scored the game-tying goal. He’s got 20 saves in the game and he’s made all of the timely stops at the end of each period to retain the momentum for his team. Huge saves and a big performance for a goalie that’s screaming for more playing time.
4) Tyler Seguin with four shots on net and helped create the goal for Daniel Paille with his net drive down the middle of the ice.
5) Good outlet pass from Johnny Boychuk with his head up to create Paille goal as well. Johnny Boy has had some tough moments this season and the third period vs. Winnipeg wasn’t one of his best, but he’s battling tonight with three blocked shots and an assist.
1) Shawn Thornton and Guillaume Latendresse nearly brawl behind the Boston bench. Instead both players go off for matching rough penalties. That’s a win for the Bruins. There could have been a Matt Kassian/Thornton brawl a couple of times but it never materialized.
2) Johnny Boychuk deserves a heap of credit for playing an excellent game tonight. Assisted on Boston’s goal in the second period on a nice pass and blocked a ton of shots in front of the Boston net. He was one of the players on the ice for the Winnipeg meltdown shift and he answered resoundingly in the game tonight.
3) One shot and one hit for Nathan Horton. Lucic had six hits and a couple of shots on net. Once again not a very demonstrative or visible performance from the bookend power forwards.
4) Plenty of hate in the third period. It’s about time for these two division rivals. First the Thornton/Latendresse scrap and then David Krejci gets jumped by the entire Ottawa fivesome on the ice after following up in the crease on a bobbling save by Robin Lehner. Bruins get a power play out of it.
5) Awful power plays for the Bruins against the Sens tonight. They’re 0-for-8 in the last three games and reverting back to horrible form from earlier this season.
6) Dennis Seidenberg always makes his goals count, doesn’t he?