The Bruins struck first in the second period on a beautiful sequence from Milan Lucic keeping the puck in the offensive zone who then found a streaking Dougie Hamilton who had a beautiful give-and-go with Nathan Horton who eventually trickled one past Robin Lehner. The Senators answered late in the second period converting on a power-play which is very tough to do against these stingy Bruins. Jim O’Brien tied it up after Tuukka Rask made a handful of spectacular saves in a row.
Here are a few observations from the second period:
1. Bruins made adjustments, started attacking the zone: The Bruins came out of the intermission at a higher speed and began to dictate the game. A nice sequence from Lucic-Hamilton-Horton led to a goal early on. Even after the goal, the Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line continued the pressure leaving the Senators clueless on a few shifts. This must keep up as we start the third period.
2. Bruins need to be more careful in their own zone: A few giveaways in their own end including one from Dennis Seidenberg that could have been costly, but Rask bailed his teammate out. Even on the goal scored by Jim O’Brien there was a scramble in front of the net and two Bruin bodies could not clear the puck which eventually led to this time game.
3. Time to start a new penalty kill streak: The Bruins streak ended at 27 straight kills. Let’s not dwell on the past. They were not going to kill off every penalty the rest of the season. They need to continue to grind and be physical on the penalty kill and their dominance will continue.
There is 20 minutes left to play and the Bruins want to continue their win streak while ending the Senator’s win streak. It could be a win-win situation at the TD Garden. Stay tuned for post-game coverage after the game.