It looks like acquiring one stately older player destined for the Hall of Fame is what it takes to shake the Boston Bruins out of their recent funk after all. On the same day that the team got Jaromir Jagr, they managed to get another one-goal victory, a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.
This extends the season series to 4-0-0 against the Senators and marked Anton Khudobin‘s busiest game of his career so far. He saw 47 shots and stopped all but two of them while the Bruins tested Robin Lehner with 50 shots total. Yes, 50! By contrast, the Bruins had 31 shots in their entire game before this one.
Now, this win did come at a cost when Patrice Bergeron was hurt in the second period after taking what looked like an elbow or forearm to the head. He did not return and was declared out for the rest of the game. The Bruins also allowed the first goal and an eventual game-tying tally that was so strange, it needed to be reviewed. But in the end, they won, working a lot harder than I’ve seen them work recently, having an immensely productive first period and even scoring in the first 20 minutes of the game.
David Krejci scored to put the Bruins on the board–or, rather, his rear end did (he confirmed as much in an intermission interview) with a big helper from Zdeno Chara. Just over a minute later, Tyler Seguin found the back of the net with assistance from Brad Marchand. Remember the old ba-boom, ba-boom goals? The heart’s beating again.
The second period saw the Bruins slow down just a bit, to 12 shots on goal instead of 22, and of course Bergeron was injured. After Khudobin made what initially looked like an amazing save, it was actually reviewed and declared an Andre Benoit goal. Of course, that same benefit of the doubt was not given when Chara looked to have put the Bruins up 3-1 in the first period, only to have it waved off because Bergeron was in, or had been pushed into, the blue paint. But never mind that.
When Dougie Hamilton sacrificed his body–and possibly some of his teeth from the looks of it–to make a big hit, his physicality paid off as Nathan Horton scored the go-ahead goal.
The first star of the game went to a very busy man: Seguin, who registered 12 shots on goal. The next busiest player this evening was Rich Peverley, who had six shots. All but two Bruins had at least one shot tonight, though. However, despite this win, coach Claude Julien still said that the team could have been stronger defensively, which is definitely true.
Here’s to Bergeron being better again in time for the team’s next game on April 4, when the New Jersey Devils are on tap and Jagr should be in the lineup.