Horton's late goal lifts Bruins over Senators, 3-2

Horton's late goal lifts Bruins over Senators, 3-2
April 2, 2013, 9:30 pm
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BOSTON -- The Bruins blew a third-period lead and then took it back on a Nathan Horton rebound, and they held on with Anton Khudobin in net, defeating the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, on Tuesday night at the TD Garden.

Both Khudobin and the Bruins have now won their last two games. Khudobin made 45 saves in the win that saw a total of 97 shots on goal combined.

The B's took a 2-1 lead into the third period, after a scoreless second. The B's scored two goals in the first after falling behind 1-0 in the opening minutes of the game.

Colin Greening knocked home a bouncing puck, 2:48 into the first, that somehow spit out to the slot from the half wall. But not even a minute later, David Krejci unintentionally re-directed a Zdeno Chara slapshot into the net with his midsection as he screened Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner, tying the game at 1-1.

One minute after that, Tyler Seguin gave the B's a 2-1 lead as he finished a perfect give-and-go with Brad Marchand from the right post.

Patrice Bergeron left the game later on in the second period after taking an unintentional elbow to the head from Greening. Bergeron went right back to the dressing room on his own power and never returned to the game.

The Senators then tied the game at 2-2, two minutes into the third, when Andre Benoit sent a rocket off the back, inside bar. It initially looked as if the puck hit the post, as Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin was diving all over the place. The play resumed, but once there was a whistle, the refs reviewed it, and as it turns out, the puck did hit the inside bar, ruling it a goal and a tie game.

But midway through the third, Nathan Horton cut across the crease and put home a Milan Lucic rebound, giving the B's a 3-2 lead, which they held onto for the win.

Talking Points:

GOLD STAR: Nathan Horton fired off three shots in 19:33 of ice time and potted the game-winning goal in the third period when he chased down the loose puck rebound of a Milan Lucic shot in front of the net, and flipped it past Robin Lehner before he could make a recovery. It was the fourth straight game that Horton has scored a goal and continues to signify the hot stretches and cool stretches that have characterized his career with the Bruins. Horton and Tyler Seguin are both tied for second on the team with 12 goals this season, and his line played one of its most dominant games at the offensive end of the ice.

BLACK EYE: In this instance it’s a literal one rather than figurative: Patrice Bergeron had to leave the game in the second period when he took a Colin Greening inadvertent elbow to the side of the head and looked a little dazed as he skated off toward the dressing room under his own power. Bergeron never returned to the game and there was no update afterward, and that’s surely a concern for a player with past concussion history like No. 37. Dougie Hamilton absorbed a collision with Erik Condra that left him dazed in the third period as well, but he returned to the game for a few shifts before it was over.

TURNING POINT: For the Bruins it was coming out early in the first period after going down by a goal, and jumping on the Senators with a pair of goals less than five minutes into the game. It was the first time in eight games that the Bruins had scored a goal in the first period, and the second quick strike score allowed Boston to seize control of the game. They would have had a third goal on a Zdeno Chara shot, but it was called back on an iffy in the crease/goalie interference goal with Patrice Bergeron battling in front of the net. The Sens ended up tying the game before Nathan Horton’s game-winner in the third period, but the early barrage of goals helped them take command of the contest.

HONORABLE MENTION: Tyler Seguin was a dominant force for the Bruins offense scoring the second of their first period goals, and putting a career-high 12 shots on net for the Black and Gold in 16:04 of ice time. Seguin could have easily had the game-winner in the second period when Dougie Hamilton found the seam with a stretch pass that freed Seguin up for a breakaway behind the Ottawa defense, but Robin Lehner made a spectacular pad save on the speeding forward on a forehand bid. Even better was that Seguin stripped the puck from Mika Zibanejad near the blue line to set up his own goal after a give-and-go play with Brad Marchand.

BY THE NUMBERS: 50 – the number of shots on net for the Bruins tonight, which is a season-high for the Black and Gold club.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “They were passing from the backdoor and there was a lot of rebounds. Sometimes you can jump [to make a save]. It’s the same as Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] sometimes jumping there. It’s not my style just to be like a cat there or tiger jumping, whatever, for some food. I just try to stop the puck.” –Anton Khudobin, after leaping across the crease to try and make a save that ended up being an Andre Benoit goal after the video replay. Clearly he doesn’t prefer cat-style or tiger-style for his goaltending.

Game story provided by Danny Picard.