Talking Points: Senators 4, Bruins 3

Talking Points: Senators 4, Bruins 3
December 28, 2013, 11:30 pm
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The Bruins drop the second leg of a home-and-home series with the Ottawa Senators, 4-3. 

GOLD STAR: Cody Ceci had six generated shot attempts, a pair of assists and a plus-3 in 19:45 of ice time, and added a blocked shot and a registered hit to an all-around excellent game for the Senators. It’s been part of a great week for the Ottawa native in his rookie season with the Senators, and he was instrumental at pushing the pace early in the game to get Ottawa moving in the right direction. On a night when Torey Krug struggled a bit for the Black and Gold, Ceci showed how it’s done for a good, young defenseman at a time of need.

BLACK EYE: Torey Krug was a game-worst minus-3 and kicked away a puck to Bobby Ryan at the blue line in the third period of a time game to set up the game-winning strike to the Senators sniper. Krug looked tentative at times and was caught in the defensive zone too much in his 19:10 of ice time. Saturday night might have been his worst NHL game over the last two years, but it’s easy to overlook given how good he’s been for the bulk of this season. It was a tough weekend for Krug with shaky performances in both ends of the home-and-home vs. Ottawa.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins looked primed and ready to at least steal a point when David Warsofsky dangled through the Ottawa defense, and ripped a blast from outside the right face-off circle that beat Craig Anderson to tie it in the third period. But Torey Krug’s gaffe and Bobby Ryan’s backhanded top shelf shot over Chad Johnson ended up giving Ottawa another change at a regulation win, and the Bruins couldn’t tie it again in the closing couple of minutes with the goaltender pulled.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Warsofsky scored his first NHL goal on what should have been a beauty of a dangle through the Ottawa defense finished off with a blast from the outside of the right face-off circle. It tied the game in the third period, and capped off a quality 18:23 of ice time in his fourth NHL game with a couple of shots on net and three blocked shots. It was wiped out by the Bobby Ryan game-winner later in the third period, but he’ll always the remember of the Orr-esque one-man rush up the ice that became his first NHL marker.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 – the number of times this month that Tuukka Rask has been pulled from the net midgame after Claude Julien yanked him in the first minute of the second period after allowing a shorthanded goal.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We just have to suck it up, and everybody needs to step their game up.” –Claude Julien to NESN about the team’s attitude after learning Dennis Seidenberg will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.