Nothing provides the antidote for a Boston Bruins slump quite like a visit to Scotiabank Place it seems. Boston secured its 11th straight win at the Ottawa Senators‘ home to the tune of 2-1 on Thursday night, stretching this bizarre run of road success dating back to the 2008-2009 season while simultaneously breaking a three-game losing streak against general NHL competition.
“We don’t look at it [as always beating the Senators on the road],” Boston’s Dennis Seidenberg said after scoring the game-winner against Ottawa, via NHL.com. “We’d lost the last couple of games, so it’s just a matter of us trying to execute. I take every goal I can – it was a nice pass by [Zdeno Chara] with one minute to go. It was perfect. I don’t anyone who wouldn’t want those two points.”
Delving further into this odd streak of road ownership, it appears there are ebbs and flows to this matchup, but this peculiar stat becomes a little less strange when accounting for the overall domination Boston has doled out in the series: the Bruins own a 61-39-8 series lead over the Senators (61 percent win percentage) over the 21 years spent together in the Northeast Division.
Fast-forwarding to more recent developments, this ability to have the Senators’ number applies to both home and way contests. The Bruins had won 11 of their last 12 meetings overall with the Senators heading into Thursday’s contest.
And it’s not like the Senators have been terrible the past five years either, having finished second in the Eastern Conference in both 2010 and 2012. Ottawa now sits five points behind Boston at third place in the Northeast Division.
It’s odd, but sometimes one team just has another team’s number and frustratingly refuses to let go.