Tuukka Rask made 38 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Senators in the Canadian Tire Centre Saturday night. Boston played their first game with Brad Marchand back in the lineup after his 3 game suspension.
Ottawa and Boston had a back-and-forth first period, with only one goal off a beauty play involving Erik Karlsson and Mika Zibanejad, who finished the play with a sweet backhand shot that fooled Tuukka Rask.
Boston was outshot in the opening frame 16-10, Rask stopping 15 of them.
The second period of play started off really well for the B’s, getting on the scoreboard :41 seconds into the period. The goal came from David Pastrnak, his first goal with the Bruins following his foot injury and the World Junior Championships. It was a deflection off a seemingly harmless wrist shot from captain Zdeno Chara, a deflection that completely tricked Craig Anderson.
Boston showed some life in the second frame, although they still trailed the Sens in shots on goal. The second period’s shots ended at 11-9 BOS.
A goalless third period had some solid chances on Rask and Anderson, but both goaltenders stopped all of the combined 20 shots, 11 for Anderson and 9 for Tuukka Rask. Matt Beleskey and Erik Karlsson each received roughing minors, which set up a 4-on-4 scenario. No goals on that 4-on-4, which set up a 5-minute, 3-on-3 overtime period to attempt to solve a winner.
Why I love 3-on-3 overtime. It is entertaining. Even though Boston was handed a loss, it was a valiant effort. One team would get a 2-on-1, then the opposite team would do the exact same thing. Loui Eriksson had two chances to bury the game for Boston. First one on a breakaway, he attempted a five-hole shot, but Craig Anderson just tossed it away. Later in the overtime, Loui hit the post. Back the other way, Mark Stone tried a wrap around shot, Rask made a diving save with the stick, the rebound though, hit the mesh and gave Ottawa the second point.
NOTES: Even in a loss, Boston still managed to earn a point and is still ahead of Ottawa in the Atlantic division, by 1 point. Brad Marchand didn’t register a shot on goal nor get on the scoreboard, but he did manage to get some opportunities to score in 20:24 in ice time.
- Mark Stone – OTT – 1G
- Mika Zibanejad – OTT – 1G
- Craig Anderson – OTT – 34SA
Post Game Quotes:
“That’s how 3-on-3 goes–got to bury your opportunities. We had a few chances there, and they get one late.” – Brad Marchand
“As a whole, thought the team played a pretty solid game except for 1st period, and we got a point, so just try to move on w/ it.” – Ryan Spooner
“You can always take the positives, and today we got a point on the road. If you look at who deserved to win more, I think they did” – Tuukka Rask
“Haven’t played for a while, haven’t scored in the NHL for a while, so it was a good play and lucky I got that goal.” – David Pastrnak
“Not unhappy with our effort, and we had a chance to win this game. Could have easily gone the other way.” Claude Julien
“Thought we had a bit of a slow start… We got better. In overtime, they just got that one [chance] & made the most of it.” – Claude Julien