Late surge puts Bruins past Senators, 4-2


Late surge puts Bruins past Senators, 4-2

By Joe Haggerty

OTTAWA The Bruins have been fine-tuning a leaky defense for the last handful of games.It looks like they found something.There wasnt much in the way of offense for most of the contest, but the Bruins managed to grind out an emotionless, somewhat joyless 4-2 win over an Ottawa Senators team that looked more AHL than NHL at Scotiabank Place.Nathan Horton broke a 1-1 tie midway through the third period when he snapped a puck high short side over Robin Lehner to give the Bruins a workmanlike victory over a scrapping Senators squad.Dennis Seidenberg potted an insurance marker on the power play that hinted at what Tomas Kaberle will bring the unit, and Brad Marchand fired home his second goal of the night and 18th strike of the season to finish off the scoring for Boston.Marlborough, Mass native and former UNH standout Bobby Butler put the Senators on the board in the second period with a streak that whistled through the teeth of the defense and Tuukka Rask, and then celebrated with a leap into the boards. The young Bs attack evened things out when Tyler Seguin notched his fifth point in the last six games while orchestrating a Brad Marchand snapshot from the top of the right circle.The score remained the same deep into the third period thanks to Tuukka Rask, who looked free of rest and second-guessing while making30 saves in the victory. His best was a full butterfly stop in the middle of the third period on a 2-on-1 pass from Alex Kovalev to Nick Foligno that he never gave up on.Just a few short minutes later Nathan Horton sniped his 15th goal of the season, and the Bruins had themselves two wins to kick off a long road trip that continues through Western Canada next week.
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Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.