By; Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88
It was a frustrating night for the Boston Bruins as they lost 3-2 to the visiting Ottawa Senators. The Bruins were in a position to clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight but were unable to sweep the series against the Senators, dropping their final match-up.
B’s opened up the scoring in the first when Marc Mclaughlin tipped the puck from a Nick Foligno backhanded shot, giving Boston a 1-0 lead at 06:36 into the period. The Senators had too much zone time in the Bruins’ end, forcing Linus Ullmark to make some highlight-reel saves.
Boston had two power-play chances when Ottawa was called for too many men on the ice and an elbow on Erik Haula. With a little under one minute left in the first, Jesper Froden would score his first NHL goal making it 2-0. Boston closed out the period with the lead.
END OF FIRST SCORE: BOS-2, OTT-0
TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-16, OTT-10
Jeremy Swayman took over netminding duties to start the second period (Ullmark was not seen on the bench). Unfortunately, the Senators took advantage and scored 47 seconds into the game. Brady Tkachuk would nab his 27th goal of the season.
Momentum quickly shifted in favor of Ottawa as they had a two man-advantage. Mike Reilly went to the penalty box for hi-sticking and seconds later Patrice Bergeron was called for hooking. The Senators had control of gameplay and scored two power-play goals to take a 3-2 lead.
Boston had a chance to tie the game when they went on the power play however were unable to capitalize. Their man-advantage drought is currently 0-for 21 in their last few games.
Frustration boiled over for the B’s as an animated Brad Marchand went to the penalty box on a tripping call against Connor Brown. The period closed out with the Bruins down a goal.
END OF SECOND SCORE: BOS-2, OTT-3
SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-8, OTT-15
Minutes into the final period, the Bruins had a chance to regain the lead as they went on the man-advantage when Ottawa’s Colin White was called for hooking against Craig Smith. Boston’s power-play woes continued as Boston was unable to tie the game.
The B’s were shorthanded once again as Curtis Lazar was called for roughing after a hit on Taylor Hall by Parker Kelly. Luckily no goal for the Senators. Boston was back on the power play when Artem Zub was called for interference against Curtis Lazar. Another too many on men on the ice penalty shortened the B’s power play to four-on-four action.
Despite some blistering scoring chances, the B’s would fall to Ottawa 3-2 in regulation. This will be the Senators’ first win in Boston since 2017. The Bruins had a chance to clinch a playoff berth tonight however they will have another chance Saturday night when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins.
NEXT GAME: Saturday, April 16th with puck drop at 12:30 pm at the TD Garden.