Going into this afternoon’s contest between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators in Boston, one team is firmly in the playoffs and almost running away with the Atlantic Division, and the other is fighting for one of the two wild card spots in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins are the team firmly ahead, while the Senators are trying to string together some wins.
So with the Senators desperately needing to win this game, you would figure that they would come out guns blazing and try to take it to the Bruins, right? In actuality, it was the complete opposite. Instead of the Senators making a statement that they will not go down without a fight, it was the Bruins sending a statement to the rest of the Eastern Conference and the entire NHL: they mean business and plan on getting back to the Stanley Cup Finals this season.
The Bruins absolutely steamrolled the Senators by a 7-2 score, and were up 3-0 before the Senators were able to get on the scoreboard. Leading the Bruins in this game was their 10-year veteran and one of the most underrated centers in the game today, Patrice Bergeron. He tallied two goals and an assist as the first star of the game.
While the Bruins are well on their way to trying to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Senators are struggling to even make the playoffs, and it starts with defense. With the loss of their longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson in the offseason to the Detroit Red Wings through free agency, the Senators lack offensive scoring depth outside of their top two lines.
So because of this, the Senators need to start playing really tight defense in front of goaltender Craig Anderson and try to turn other teams’ mistakes into offense. Right now, with the regular season coming down to the home stretch after the Olympic break, the Senators cannot afford many more games like this one this one, or they will be on the outside looking in come playoff time.