Bruins/Senators scoreless after 20: Three observations
The Bruins returned home after a five game road trip to face the Ottawa Senators. The Senators are winners of five in a row and the Bruins are winners of four in a row. After the first 20 minutes, the B’s and Sens are scoreless. The B’s are out-shooting the Sens 10-5, but the Sens are playing a nice brand of hockey and showing the B’s they can hang with them even on their home ice.
Here are three takeaways from the first period:
1. Penalty kill is still rolling: The Bruins continued their strong play on the man disadvantage killing off two penalties during the first frame. The B’s have killed off 26 straight and are now a ridiculous 60-63 on the year.
2. Power-play miscue: The Bruins had a few opportunities on their power-play in the first period, but were unable to convert. Nathan Horton whiffed in front of the net on a nice pass from Patrice Bergeron. In games like this, the B’s must capitalize on any chance they get because the other team is playing just as good as you are.
3. Tuukka Rask still hot: Rask is making his sixth consecutive start and has not allowed a goal through the first 20 minutes. He hasn’t been battle tested only facing five shots, but when his number was called, he has made the save and that is all you can ask for.
It was a slow start for the Bruins who are coming off a long and grueling five-game road trip, but they will be the first ones to tell you that is not an excuse. Look for the Bruins to make adjustments in the second period and start pacing the flow of the game.