April 5, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Senators

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 2
OTT - 1

SHOTS
BOS - 19
OTT - 34

The Bruins and Senators had a goal apiece in the second period. Boston will head to the third leading 2-1.

Greg Zanon scored his third goal of the season and first as a Bruin with a slapper that found its way through traffic from the point to make it 2-0 with 3:51 gone in the middle frame.

With 6:04 to go, Jason Spezza's 34th of the year cut the lead in half. Erik Karlsson picked up his 59th helper of the campaign on the tally.

With under two minutes to go, Khudobin made a fantastic stop on Nick Foligno with his left leg, kicking out what should've been the tying tally.

Play went the other way thanks to a nice breakout pass from Torey Krug. He sent Dan Paille and Shawn Thornton in on a 2-on-1, but Bishop robbed Thornton's bid.

Ottawa had 17 shots for the second-straight period.

Joe Corvo is plus-2 through two periods. The last time he was plus-2 or greater in a game was Jan. 5 (plus-4 in 9-0 win over Flames).

Adam McQuaid, who returned from a head injury tonight, did not see any ice time past the 2:22 mark of the second period.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 1
OTT - 0

SHOTS
BOS - 7
OTT - 17

Twenty minutes are in the books up in Ottawa where the Bruins lead the Senators by a score of 1-0.

 At the 10:36 mark, Brian Rolston and Benoit Pouliot perfectly executed a 2-on-1. Rolston got in about ten feet shy of the net and made a perfect pass from left to right over to Pouliot, who just had to tap it in past a helpless Ben Bishop to put Boston ahead.

Other than that, you'd be hard-pressed to name a memorable moment that happened down Ottawa's end of the ice. The Bruins were sloppy in the offensive end, misfiring on a number of opportunities and failing to put enough pucks on Bishop.

Down the other end of the ice, the exact opposite was going on. Anton Khudobin, making his first start as a Bruin, was under attack for the entire frame. But after stringing together a bevy of pad, glove and blocker stops (though with more rebounds than he'd probably like), Khudobin finished the period a perfect 17-for-17.

Despite having possession of the puck for most of the period, the Senators were credited with a 16-5 edge in hits. Sounds pretty bogus to this scribe.