Tim Thomas stopped 21 shots and the Bruins used two third period goals in a .37 second span to snap their three-game-losing streak, and hand the Senators their first loss in seven games.
In what’s been a common theme this season, the Bruins allowed the first goal of the game. A Bruins turnover in the neutral zone led to the Senators first goal, a puck that bounced off a few Bruins and somehow landed behind the back of Thomas.
Shortly after the goal, the Bruins and Senators would trade goals .16 seconds apart. Milan Lucic on the power play would tie things for the B’s, and then Stephane Da Costa would take the lead back with his third of the year, giving the Sens the 2-1 advantage heading into the first intermission.
The Bruins bounced back in the second period with arguably their best period of the season. Goals by Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly would help the Bruins take a 3-2 lead into the third.
A little over five minutes into the third Jaren Cowen tied things up once again for Ottawa as the youngster notched his first career NHL goal, a puck that deflected off the leg of Bruins defensemen Joe Corvo.
The third period tying goal wouldn’t deflate the Bruins as Johnny Boychuk would fire a shot through traffic and past Craig Anderson helping the Bruins regain the lead. 37 seconds later Daniel Pallie would race in all alone and send the puck towards Anderson, the Senators goaltender made the save, but somehow the puck trickled through his body and into the net, locking up the much needed win for the Bruins.
Boychuk and his teammates knew how important last night’s win was for the B’s.
“Especially going against a team that’s won six games in a row. They’ve been playing really well and we haven’t been playing the best hockey and we know that. We just wanted to come out tonight and play together and that’s what we did” said Boychuk.
The Bruins had 13 different players find their names on the score sheet including Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell who picked up their first points of the season.
Bruins bench boss Claude Julien was very pleased with the wide spread of offense he saw from his team in this one.
”That’s what you want. That’s what made our team successful last year, and I think it’s important to get some of that and obviously help guys get their confidence, too” said Julien. “When everybody goes out there and contributes in the fashion that they did tonight, it’s a lot better for the confidence of the whole team.”
A big reason for the win last night was the Bruins ability to stay out the penalty box. One of the biggest problems the Bruins have had this season has been the dumb and untimely retaliation penalties the B’s have taken, but the Bruins did a good job keeping the NHL’s top ranked power play off the ice.
“I think it was pretty obvious by the end of the game we had done exactly what we wanted to do. They were frustrated, they were retaliating, and it was because of our play, and that’s what we’d talked about. I think we were going about it the wrong way earlier on, trying to entice people to engage with us, and we were caught retaliating” said Julien. “Basically, you just take charge of your game, go in there, be physical, be in their face, and eventually it frustrates the other team, and that’s why you saw some of those couples at the end. It was certainly not of our own doing.”
The Bruins are off till Saturday when they travel north of the border and visit Phil Kessel and the division leading Toronto Maple Leafs.