I’m sure you watched the game last night, and if not you caught the highlights. The Bruins managed to squeak out a win, with the assistance of Ottawa Senator’s goalie, Robin Lehner in overtime. This was the first NHL start for Lehner, stopping 46 shots.
The Senators haven’t been having the best season injury wise, with Jason Spezza (surgery), Craig Anderson (ankle), Erik Karlsson (season ending Achilles injury), Guillaume Latendresse (whiplash), and Milan Michalek (knee) all out. However they rode a 5-game winning streak into the Garden last night, and left with a point.
The game was tied one-one with both goals taking place on either side of the second period. The third saw no goals, but not for lack of trying, with Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid having notable blasts from the blue line. And with thirty seconds left, Milan Lucic took a penalty, starting the overtime shorthanded. The Bruins managed to redeem their penalty kill, and Bergeron (with help from Dennis Sidenberg) got the puck over the redline in just over 3 minutes in overtime.
The Senators managed to break the Bruins’ consecutive penalty kill streak at 27. The Bruins are now 60 for 63 successful penalty kills, this being a noted strength in the B’s arsenal, with a percentage of 95.2%. They are high up in first, with the next contestant at 88%.
We’ll definitely take the two points, but a concern in the locker room post-game was about tired legs. After a week of playing every other day that’s not a surprise, but the boys are going to be in trouble if they can’t find a way to get more energy. They only have today off before playing two games this weekend at home, and then hitting the road again. Their next two day break doesn’t come until the end of March, exhaustion could start to take a toll on these guys after having a pretty relaxed schedule so far. Being 13-2-2 this season the Bruins need to keep up the intensity as they catch up to other teams who are averaging with three more games played.