Bruins Post-Game Recap: Ottawa at Boston: 11/02/19

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

After a dominant October, the Boston Bruins are back to play their first game in November, against the Ottawa Senators. Boston is coming into this game on a four-game winning streak including a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. Ottawa has not played since Sunday, a 5-2 win over the Sharks as well, but still, have a record of 3-7-1 and sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Pre-Game Notes:

Arena: TD Garden – Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Home: Boston Bruins (9-1-2)

Away: Ottawa Senators (3-7-1)

Bruins Last Game: Bruins def Sharks 5-1

Bruins Gameday Lineup:

Head Coach Bruce Cassidy said that Brett Ritchie (infection) is out of the lineup while Connor Clifton will be a healthy scratch for Steven Kampfer. Forward Joakim Nordstrom (infection) will be out for at least the next three games, resulting in the emergency call-up of forward Peter Cehlarik. Par Lindholm (upper-body) is the final scratch for the Bruins.

First Period:

Beginning the game, the Bruins came out aggressive, shooting on Anderson with multiple easy entries and a couple post-whistle scrums. Less than a minute into the game, the Senators are caught with more than five players on the ice – a too many men penalty, Boston to the man-advantage. In a short time, Torey Krug blasts a bomb from behind his own blueline all the way to the end boards right for Pastrnak, who makes a slick move to bury it early. 1-0 Bruins.

3:08 into the first period, David Backes attempted to bring the puck up and out of the Bruins zone to start the rush until Scott Sabourin comes over to throw a hit. Sabourin and Backes collide heads, causing Sabourin to fall directly to the ice head-first. The 27-year-old was unconscious on the ice for several minutes with the TD Garden dead silent, applauding when the smallest movement occurred.

David Backes was evidently shaken up at the collision, showing a bleak look on his face and eventually left to the locker room as he appeared to be crying. Completely accidental play that turned brutal. The entire benches of both teams went out to show their respect to the Ottawa forward as he was stretchered off. Sabourin did give a thumbs-up as he was wheeled off.

Following the delay, the Bruins control the play, bringing the puck in the zone on numerous occasions and just holding onto possession of the puck for a large majority. When the Senators eventually brought the puck into the zone, Charlie Coyle takes an interference penalty and Boston goes to their first penalty-kill of the game. The B’s keep Ottawa from getting even a single shot on the penalty, doing an excellent job killing it off. The game returns to even-strength.

With less than eight minutes to go in the period, the Bruins turn the puck over in the defensive zone, leading to a 3-on-1 chance for the Senators who end up missing the net on the eventual shot. A quick cycle leads to Anthony Duclair burying a one-timer, extending his point streak to four games and this game is tied 1-1.

Later in the frame, another Senators forward goes down the tunnel with what appears to be a hand/arm injury. Logan Brown came in for a hit on Bruins forward Danton Heinen in a seemingly meaningless play, but his arm appeared to get caught up on Heinen and Brown went down on the ice in evident pain. Senators now down to 14 forwards.

Ottawa showed improvements in their game as the period began to close, but the siren sounds to signify the end of the opening frame.

Shots on Goal: BOS: 11 OTT: 6

Score: 1-1 Goals – Pastrnak (13) PPG Assists: Krug (9); Duclair (5) Assists: L. Brown (2), Borowiecki (3)

Second Period:

Boston comes back after a slow second-half to the first period to score less than two minutes into the middle frame. The first line does a fantastic job keeping the puck in and somehow, Pastrnak is all alone right in front of Anderson. Instead of shooting, he waits the extra second to pass it to Patrice Bergeron who buries it, 2-1 Bruins.

In a very short amount of time after the goal, former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Connor Brown throws the puck towards the net along the goal-line and the puck manages to bounce off of Rask and into the net, Sens tie the game within the first five minutes of the second.

Again, not long afterward, the Bruins get caught themselves with too many players on the ice at the same time and they head to their second penalty-kill of the hockey game so far. Ottawa gets a few really good chances early on the man-advantage, but Tuukka Rask makes some big stops and got lucky on some missed shots to keep the puck out.

With 55 seconds left on the penalty, Marchand gets called for hooking but after the whistle, he makes a poor decision to spear DeMelo in the side, getting an additional four minutes of penalty time. Bruins have to kill off 0:55 of 5-on-3 and then over five minutes of 5-on-4 penalty-kill. Boston does a tremendous job killing over seven minutes of penalties, with a big thanks to Tuukka Rask – back to even-strength.

Boston’s power-play gets another chance with 6:07 remaining as Mark Borowiecki gets called on a slashing minor. Ottawa does a much better job preventing any opportunities to score for the B’s and Boston fails to bury one, penalty expires. However, Borowiecki heads right back to the box for another two minutes as he was caught tripping Brad Marchand, Bruins to their third power-play. Nothing. Another excellent kill for the Sens. Period ends right after.

Shots on Goal: BOS: 21 OTT: 21

Score: 2-2 Goals – Bergeron (6) Assists: Pastrnak (13), Marchand (15); C. Brown (2) Assists: Borowicki (4), DeMelo (3)

Third Period:

After ending both periods in what has been a chaotic, entertaining contest tied, both teams come out going back-and-forth at the start of the final regulation period. For the third-straight period, the Bruins strike early on as Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen put hard pressure on Thomas Chabot, allowing Heinen to attack a loose puck and bury it – 3-2 Bruins.

Within the next few minutes to follow the go-ahead goal, Mark Borowiecki takes his third minor penalty of the game – giving Boston yet another power-play to now extend their lead to two goals. And extend the lead is what they would do. Ottawa’s defense found themselves chasing Pastrnak who made it seem as if he was heading behind Craig Anderson, but Pasta magically slides the puck through the traffic to a wide-open Marchand – 4-2 Boston.

Boston has taken over the game since those two rapid-fire goals. The entire team has been playing at a great level, on all levels, and that continues when Jake DeBrusk does a fantastic job on the forecheck, poking it free for Heinen who feeds it back to DeBrusk for a slapshot one-timer. 5-2 Bruins final score.

Shots on Goal: BOS: 32 OTT: 32

Final Score: 5-2 Bruins

Max’s Three Stars:

1st Star: BOS F David Pastrnak – 1 Goal, 2 Assists, 3 Shots, 17:03 TOI

2nd Star: BOS G Tuukka Rask – 30 Shots, .938 SV%

3rd Star: BOS F Danton Heinen – 1 Goal (GWG), 1 Assist, 14:08 TOI

Bruins now have won five-straight games and look ahead to their first game of a back-to-back against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday in Boston.

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Bruins Game 13 Preview: Ottawa Senators

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

Following one of their best months to start a season in franchise history, the Boston Bruins are setting themselves up to start November off right against the Ottawa Senators. The Bruins have a 9-1-2 record in October, tied for the second-best start in the 95-year history of the organization. As of October 31st, the Bruins are second in the overall league standings, behind only the Washington Capitals – largely due to their four-game winning streak.

Undergoing a noticeable rebuild, the Ottawa Senators are not expected to be a good team in 2019-20 and after the first month of the season, they sit in the basement of the Atlantic Division with a record of 3-7-1. Heading into Saturday’s game against Boston, the Senators have come out victorious in two of their last three games with a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday being the most recent result.

Starting Goaltenders:

BOS: Tuukka Rask 6-0-1 1.42 GAA .951 SV% Last Game: 16 Saves in 5-1 win vs SJS

OTT: Craig Anderson 2-4-0 2.80 GAA .909 SV% Last Game: 34 Saves in 5-2 win vs SJS

Who’s Hot:

Bruins forward David Pastrnak is one of the hottest players in the National Hockey League right now averaging a goal-per-game with twelve goals in as many games. In addition, Pastrnak has twelve assists for twenty-four points on the year. The 23-year-old winger has scored a point in each of his last ten games including seven games with more than one point. Against the Sharks on Tuesday, Pastrnak buried the game’s opening goal on the power-play with a bomb from the face-off circle.

Surprisingly, former Toronto Maple Leafs forward, Connor Brown, is having himself a great first season with the Senators since joining the team as apart of the trade that sent Cody Ceci to Toronto. In eleven games thus far, Brown has one goal and nine assists for ten points – good enough for the team-lead in assists and points. To go along with that, the 156th-overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft has points in each of his last four games including a two-point night in the win over San Jose.

Typically when one player on a team has 24 points in the first 12 games, he has another teammate that is not too far behind doing the scoring and for the Boston Bruins, that is exactly the case with David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand. While Pastrnak has the 12-12-24 numbers, Marchand has 7-14-21 numbers during his 11-game point streak to begin the ’19/’20 campaign and he is showing no signs of slowing down. The 31-year-old tallied one assist and five shots on goal in Tuesday’s game versus the Sharks.

Who’s Not:

Since the 2013-14 regular season, forward Bobby Ryan has been one of the most recognizable players on the Ottawa Senators, even though he started his NHL career with the Anaheim Ducks. Through these tough times in Canada’s capital, Ryan has remained on the team, however, with only 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in ten games, that time could be coming to an end. On Sunday, Ryan was made a healthy scratch by Head Coach D.J. Smith and there are now rumors circulating about a potential move from Ottawa. Whether or not he plays on Saturday is still up in the air, but if he does, the Senators will expect a lot from the 32-year-old.

If there was a game for Jake DeBrusk to break out for the Bruins, it would be on Saturday. The 6-foot, 188-pound, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada native has only one goal and three assists on the entire season so far and he has not been his usual goal-scoring self. It is fair to note that DeBrusk has been a hard-worker on the power-play, but his depth scoring at 5-on-5 is needed as we head further into the regular season. With Krejci back in the lineup for the second-consecutive game, now is the time to start tallying those goals again.

If Craig Anderson does indeed get the start in between the pipes for Ottawa against the Bruins, it will be the seventh time that he gets that call this season. So far in 2019-2020, the 38-year-old netminder has a record of 2-4-0 with a goals-against-average of 2.80 and a save percentage of .909%. Anderson did, however, make 34 saves on 36 shots in the 5-2 victory over San Jose, but before that, he allowed four goals on 22 shots in his last start against the Arizona Coyotes back on October 19th.

Milestone Watch:

Boston Bruins:

  • F Patrice Bergeron is one assist away (499) from 500 career NHL assists
  • D Torey Krug is three points away (297) from 300 career NHL points

Ottawa Senators:

  • There are no notable milestones that can be reached for Ottawa in Saturday’s game versus the Boston Bruins.

Bruins vs Senators Outlook:

Being in the same division, the Bruins and the Senators lock horns four times a year during the 82-game regular season. In 2018-19, the Bruins won all four games over the Sens, taking wins by scores of 6-3, 4-1, 2-1 OT, and 3-2. Boston averaged 3.75 goals-for-per-game in the four meetings while only allowing an average of 1.75 goals-against-per-game.

Saturday’s game is the second-straight game at home for the Bruins, who have a 5-0-1 record in the TD Garden this year. Their only defeat at home was a 4-3 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 17th. Ottawa, on the other hand, is 0-3-1 on the road and they have not shown any signs that they can erase that zero off of that record.

Boston’s power-play will most likely be, once again, the biggest factor in the game. The Bruins have the best power-play percentage in the National Hockey League has of October 31st, scoring on 30.9% of their man-advantages. In turn, the Senators have 56 penalties this season – the 5th-most of any other team in the league. Ottawa also has an 81.6% success rate on the penalty kill, good for 14th in the NHL.

Flipping the roles around, the Senators have the worst power-play in the entire league according to NHL.com, ranking 31st with a power-play percentage of 5.4%. The Sens have only two goals on the power-play on 37 opportunities. Boston has been short-handed 51 times so far this season, 12th-most in the league, but have successfully killed off 83.8% of those penalties – ranking them in the top-ten.

Puck drop for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Projected Lines:

Boston Bruins:

Head Coach Bruce Cassidy said that forward Brett Ritchie was given a maintenance day and believes that he will play Saturday, however, there was a “level of concern” with him missing practice.

Ottawa Senators:

Craig Anderson is getting the start for the Senators.

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