February 28, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Senators

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
OTT - 1 
BOS - 0

SHOTS
OTT - 31
BOS - 15

The Senators will carry a 1-0 lead into the third period over the Bruins.

Boston got outshot 18-8 in the middle frame, as -- once again -- Thomas was busy was the Sens buzzing, while the rebound-happy Lehner saw little vulcanized rubber.

The highlight of the period came midway through when Milan Lucic tried to take out half the Senators. First he slashed Karlsson, which prompted a delayed penalty. On his way back up the ice, he exchanged a few shoves with Daniel Alfredsson before absolutely trucking Kyle Turris.

Turris, of course, was the one who elbowed Joe Corvo on Saturday night. During the period (and before Lucic leveled him), the former Coyotes forward went hard to the net then took his sweet time getting up off of Thomas. I guess you could say he had it coming.

The Bruins hold a 20-10 edge in hits, but their performance has been fairly lifeless through 40 minutes. 

Kudos go to Thomas for keeping his team in this one, as the netminder has stopped 30-of-31 on the night.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
OTT - 1 
BOS - 0

SHOTS
OTT - 13
BOS - 7

Twenty minutes are in the books here at the Garden where the Bruins trail the Senators by a score of 1-0.

It took until 14:44 for either team to get on the board. With the Sens on a power play thanks to an interference call on Tyler Seguin, captain Daniel Alfredsson set up for an effective screen in front of Tim Thomas.

That cleared the way for scorching-hot defenseman Erik Karlsson to rip one from the point and past the Boston netminder, making it 1-0 Ottawa.

Newcomers Mike Mottau and Brian Rolston are both in the lineup for the B's. Mottau saw 3:55 of TOI in the first and was credited with one hit. Rolston had 4:08 of ice time, won 1-of-4 at the dot (25%) and was whistled for an erroneous tripping call.

Boston outhit the Senators 9-6 in the opening frame, but that's about all they can pat themselves on the back for. Robin Lehner had it way too easy in the first period, as the B's did little to test the young, Swedish netminder. 

PREGAME NOTES

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Thomas (26-12-0, 2.23 GAA, .928 Save %) vs.
Lehner (2-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .927 Save %). Thomas is 23-8-2 with a 2.01 GAA
and .935 Save % with six shutouts in 33 career games against Ottawa.
Lehner is 0-1-0 with a 4.07 GAA and .879 Save % in one career game
against the Bruins.

Thomas has won 12 straight games against Northeast Division opponents
and is 13-1-0 against the Northeast this year.

SENS STREAKING: Erik Karlsson set a new franchise record among
defensemen for most points (65), assists (51) and multi-point games
(18). Over his current seven game assist/point streak, he has recorded
17 points (six goals, 11 assists), which is more than any other NHL
player over the span.  He was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week
yesterday.

Center Jason Spezza currently leads the team in points and goals with
28-42=70 totals and has a nine-game point streak in progress with
8-12=20 totals during this span. The nine-game point streak is the
longest active streak in the NHL.

SENATORS NOTEBOOK: The Senators and Bruins face off tonight in their
fifth of six meetings in the 2011-12 season… The Bruins have won the
previous four meetings this season… Currently Ottawa (74) is three
points behind Boston (77) in the Northeast Division, although the Sens
have played four more games...  On February 27th the Sens acquired
defenseman Matt Gilroy from Tampa Bay in exchange for defenseman Brian
Lee. Gilroy has 2-15=17 totals this season so far with 1-1=2 totals in
his last five games.  The Senators are tied for the NHL lead in having
won six games when trailing after two periods this season and rank
second in the league in having won 10 games when trailing after the
opening 20 minutes.