March 21, 2013

Postgame Breakdown: Seidenberg's late strike downs Sens

By Jesse Connolly

Anton Khudobin thanks Dennis Seidenberg for making sure he didn't suffer yet another tough-luck loss, and for being a pal and setting his DVR back home to record Grey's Anatomy. (Getty Images)

Final: Boston 2, Ottawa 1

Recap: After 20 minutes of scoreless hockey, Kaspars Daugavins put the Sens up 1-0 with a top-shelf snipe past Anton Khudobin at the 4:55 mark of the second period. The Bruins managed to even things up late in the middle frame, as Dan Paille notched his sixth goal of the year 1:22 shy of the intermission.

That wasn't the only clutch goal the B's scored at the end of a period. Dennis Seidenberg's shot from the point with 1:04 to go in regulation found its way past Robin Lehner, giving the B's a 2-1 win in Ottawa.

Records: Boston 20-6-3, 43 points; Ottawa 16-9-6, 38 points

Key Play of the Game: The Bruins were awfully flat until Paille's goal. His tally seemed to inject some much-needed life into the Black and Gold, and sparked a strong third period in which the B's outshot Ottawa 10-7.

Connolly's Commendations: Anton Khudobin was undoubtedly the First Star of the Game, stopping 27-of-28 shots. The B's backup came up with a number of extremely timely saves, notably during flurries at the end of the first and second periods.

David Krejci deserves a nice little golf clap for gutting it out tonight. The center was clearly hampered by his knee injury -- and he did finish minus-1 on the night -- but the fact that he logged nearly 20 minutes of ice time is certainly commendable. It's kind of redundant to state that, given that this section is called "Connolly's Commendations," but my brain's had to access its internal thesaurus too many times today and I'm fresh out of queries.

Connolly's Critiques: Pretty puzzling decision by Claude Julien to make Rich Peverley the healthy scratch. Peverley's struggles this season have been documented 'round these parts, but I just can't see how you make him the odd man out over Jordan Caron or Jay Pandolfo.

Notes: Former Bruin Sergei Gonchar extended his assist streak to nine games. The B's improved to 3-0 on the year against Ottawa. Seidenberg's goal was his first since April 1, 2012.

Final Thoughts: Winning ugly or losing ugly. It seems to be either one or the other for the Bruins in 2013. After a few recent cases of the latter, they managed to rebound by pulling off the former tonight in Canada's capital.

Next: The B's will head to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs Saturday night at 7 o'clock.

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