|11.02.11 at 1:08 am ET|
Say this much for Johnny Boychuk – his timing couldn’t be better.
He scored his first goal of the 2011-12 season Tuesday night with a slap shot from the right point, putting the Bruins ahead 4-3 midway through the third, as the Bruins earned a much-needed 5-3 win over the Senators at TD Garden.
Boychuk didn’t score his first goal last season until Jan. 18, his 36th game of the season. Boychuk only needed 11 games this time around. Was he relieved?
“Yeah,” Boychuk said. “There were a couple where I just barely missed the net and I finally got one through.
“Obviously it feels a lot better. Getting that first one by you and now you don’t have to worry about it. I think last year it took me until January, so I feel a little bit better.”
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|11.01.11 at 9:44 pm ET|
The Bruins needed some different results after starting the season 3-7-0, and they got them Tuesday from some different faces in a 5-3 win over the Senators at TD Garden.
Johnny Boychuk and Daniel Paille scored their first goals of the season 37 seconds apart in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and send the B’s on the way to their first win in four games. The victory also snapped the Senators’ six-game winning streak.
Ottawa got three ugly goals from the likes of Nick Foligno, Stephane Da Costa and Jared Cowen. Milan Lucic had a power play goal in the first period for the Bruins, with Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly providing tallies in the second period. Tim Thomas picked up his fourth victory of the season.
The Bruins will next play Saturday, when they travel to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Good to see the fourth line get back to providing a little offense, which they did more than anyone expected a season ago. Paille’s goal marked the line’s first score of the season, with Thornton and Gregory Campbell getting assists and notching their first points of the 2011-12 campaign. It was Paille’s second tally of the season. Benoit Pouliot is now the only skater on the team without a point.
– Bergeron is on a five-game point streak, with three goals and two assists over the Bruins’ last five contests. With Bergeron’s second-period goal, Brad Marchand‘s five-game pointless streak was snapped thanks to a secondary helper.
– The Bruins put a ton of shots (41) on Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson, and one would have guessed entering the night that it would be their plan. They were facing a team that’s given up more goals per game than any other team in the league, so when the scoreboard read five for Boston by the end of the night, it wasn’t ultimately surprising. The Bruins’ five goals were the second-most they’ve had this season, behind only the six they had on Oct. 20 in their win over Toronto.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins are back to their old tricks when it comes to allowing the first goal. Foligno’s first-period goal made it the eighth game this season in which the B’s opponent has scored first. Unlike the majority of those other contests, the Bruins got two points out of the night.
– It’s still unknown whether Pouliot sat Tuesday as a healthy scratch or due to illness, but Jordan Caron had a rough start before picking up an assist on Boychuk’s goal. Caron was on the ice for the Senators’ first two goals and played sparingly.
– Tyler Seguin set up Bergeron’s second-period goal by taking the puck down the right wing and hitting his center in the high slot, but the youngster had some frustrating moments as well. The second-year player whiffed on a one-timer, causing the puck to leave the zone on a power play in the first period, and also sent a puck off a rebound over the net with tons of space. The most puzzling moment, however, was when Seguin beat Ottawa’s defense at the blueline to give himself a breakaway. Rather than shooting, Seguin tried a drop-pass, which was intercepted for an easy turnover.
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|11.01.11 at 12:53 pm ET|
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|11.01.11 at 11:57 am ET|
The Senators are riding a six-game point streak thanks to solid offense and the best power play in the league, but their biggest weakness may provide an opening for the Bruins to break out of their own offensive slump.
The Bruins are currently 26th in the league with just 2.10 goals per game, and on Tuesday they’ll face a team that is used to allowing more goals than that. Led by starting goaltender Craig Anderson, the Senators have allowed a league-worst 3.8 goals per game. Though they’re 7-5-0, the have a minus-6 goal differential on the season.
Might this be the Bruins chance to ramp up their scoring and even notch a W? The B’s plead ignorance regarding how poor Ottawa’s goaltending has been, but there’s no denying that Tuesday presents them with a good opportunity.
“They’ve got a really good goaltender who’s able to steal games,” Rich Peverley said. “I think it’s about going to the net and doing the small things tonight.”
Since scoring six goals on Oct. 20 against Toronto, the B’s have totaled five goals over a three-game losing streak. While this could be a chance for the B’s to score like they did against the Leafs, their main priority when it comes to goals is to just have more than the Senators. When a team is as desperate as the Bruins are for some points, it’s that simple.
“We’re just looking to come out and try to win,” Chris Kelly said. “It doesn’t matter how we do it or how many goals we score. We just want to find a way to get two points.”
|11.01.11 at 11:41 am ET|
The Bruins held an optional morning skate Tuesday, with only three players taking the ice in Steven Kampfer, Benoit Pouliot and Tuukka Rask.
While it’s no surprise that Kampfer won’t play Tuesday against the Senators, it’s interesting that Pouliot skated. He didn’t play Saturday due to illness, though he returned to the ice Monday. Expect Jordan Caron to play in his place Tuesday, though it’s unknown whether a potential night off for Pouliot would be due to illness or a healthy scratch.
Expect Tim Thomas to be in net Tuesday.
|10.31.11 at 8:22 pm ET|
As surprising as it seems, even a good start might not have prevented the Bruins from trailing the Senators in the standings’¦ seriously.
While there’s been plenty of attention paid to the last-place Bruins’ 3-7-0 start to the season, folks in Boston might not know that the Senators — the same Senators who picked sixth overall in June’s draft — are 7-5-0 and are currently on a six-game winning streak. That’s bad news for fans who saw Ottawa on the schedule for Tuesday and thought the Bruins would finally have an easy one.
Leading the Senators in points is former second overall pick Jason Spezza, who scored two goals in Saturday’s win over the Rangers and has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists). Milan Michalek is on pace for a career season with 13 points (seven goals, six assists).
While the Senators have averaged three goals per game, it’s rather surprising that they have the record they do when considering they have allowed a league-worst 3.75 goals per game. Craig Anderson (6-2-0) has a 3.66 goals against average in 10 games, while Alex Auld (0-3-0) has a 4.88 GAA. Robin Lehner has won his only start, allowing two goals.
If the Bruins want to snap their three-game losing streak, they’ll have to take advantage of the fact that they have the goaltending to stop Ottawa’s offense and take advantage of an opportunity to bust out of their offensive funk.