Responding to some sharp criticism from their coach and the loss of one of their top players, the Bruins unleashed an energetic first-period attack to take a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators  at Scotiabank Place Tuesday.
One night earlier, the Bruins had sleep skated through the opening two periods in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers in New York. The uninspired effort led coach Claude Julien  to publically question the leadership and character of the B’s in his post-game comments.
The lackluster defeat also came with the additional setback of losing top forward Patrice Bergeron  with a thumb injury that will sideline him for at least two weeks.
Facing both the self-inflicted motivational adversity and the loss of Bergeron, the Bruins quickly went to the net with more resolve Tuesday against the Senators and were rewarded for their efforts. The B’s chased Ottawa starting goalie Brian Elliott from the game after he gave up four goals on just 16 shots and Boston’s long dormant road power play suddenly netted two goals in one period after failing to score at all in 10 prior road games.
The big lead was more than enough for Tim Thomas , who made 27 saves for his 11th consecutive win over Ottawa.
The contest was not a completely positive one for Boston as defenseman Andrew Ference  left the game after getting hit in the first period and did not return