KANATA, ON - Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Senators by a 2-1 after the first 20 minutes of play at Scotiabank Place.
1) After missing a few scattered morning skates and practices over the last couple of days Shawn Thornton is scratched with the flu-like symptoms that have been nagging at him. It's hard to believe the flu would cause Thornton to miss such an important divisional game, so one has to wonder if it's more than that. As previously stated at this address, Thornton took some heavy shots during a fight with Minnesota's Matt Kassian last weekend. Thornton has had the flu ever since that game.
2) Erik Karlsson is one damned good offensive defenseman, but he's also a liability in his own end. He showed the offensive prowess on his goal and the defensive weakness when he couldn't clear the puck on Patrice Bergeron's goal.
3) One has to wonder how this Craig Anderson freak hand is going to affect Ottawa's playoff surge. Alex Auld is what he is, but he looked reasonably sharp in the first period.
4) Best chances and Boston's two goals came from the BergeronMarchandSeguin line on a Chara rebound collected in front by No. 37. Bergeron's goal was huge as a response to Ottawa's early score.
5) Joe Corvo played in Ottawa. No reflection on his play tonight, do you know Corvo's nickname in Ottawa? "Uh-Oh" Corvo. Yeah, that's pretty good.
KANATA, ON - Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Ottawa Senators by a 3-1 score after 40 minutes at Scotiabank Place.
1) The Bruins were looking for an offensive spark from rookie Carter Camper and that's exactly what they got in the second period. Camper pounced all over a rebound of an Adam McQuaid shot for a big insurance goal.
2) Potentially costly penalty for Milan Lucic needlessly bumping Sergei Gonchar on an icing. No reason for that up two goals.
3) Craig Anderson's absence already hurting the Sens between the pipes. Camper goal shouldn't have happened.
4) Impressive B's effort in second night of back-to-back games where Buffalo took them to the shootout. They're simply out-skating Ottawa right now.
5) Another solid effort for Tim Thomas vs Ottawa. He simply owns them.