The Bruins failed to secure the Northeast Division title, losing 4-2 to the Senators on a goal by Jean-Gabriel Pageau in the game’s final five minutes.
Although they outshot the Senators, 36-22, and got a goal from Dennis Seidenberg to tie the game early in the third period, the Bruins didn’t follow up on enough of their chances to get the best of Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner. Here’s a look at what went right and what went wrong for the Bruins, who will now face Toronto in the first round of the playoffs.
WHAT WENT WRONG
– The Bruins had 36 shots on Lehner and didn’t score until their 29th. That’s partly a credit to Lehner’s early play, as he had to make some tough saves, but for the most part, especially in the second period, the Bruins didn’t make him work as much as they could have.
Few rebounds were pursued, and after Patrice Bergeron’s and Gregory Campbell‘s lines created some chances on the doorstep in the first, the Bruins didn’t get many looks from close to the net in the second. Ottawa’s defense kept them mostly to the perimeter, making Lehner’s job easier.
– Tyler Seguin had plenty of chances to get on the board, but he couldn’t put them away. Seguin was quick enough to set up a pair of rushes for himself in the second period, but on the first, he waited long enough to shoot that Marc Methot had time to dive back and knock the puck away. On the second, he fired well high of the net with no Senators near him.
Shortly after that miss on the second breakaway, the Senators came back down the ice to score their second goal.
– Although Tuukka Rask might like to have the Sens’ second goal back, it would have been tough for him to do more on the game-winner. Ottawa had possession in the Bruins’ zone for a long time before Marc Methot took a slap shot from the point, which Rask saved. But the rebound wasn’t cleared, and Pageau was in perfect position to put it away.
The Bruins had seven shots in the third period – just five after the first minute.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
– After a flat showing on their first power play, the Bruins got a man-advantage goal from Rich Peverley with 3.4 seconds remaining in the second period to make it 2-1.
Wade Redden made the goal happen, getting a pass off cleanly to Peverley even as he absorbed a check. Peverley shot low on Lehner for his sixth goal of the year, his second on the power play.
– The Bruins did manage 36 shots, spending a respectable amount of time in Ottawa’s zone. Through most of the game, holding the puck in the offensive zone for prolonged periods wasn’t an issue – the problem was getting it to the net and following up.
One notable instance where they did get to the front of the net was Kaspars Daugavins‘ chance in the first period, in which he drove through the slot, avoiding Ottawa’s defenders, and got a backhander off that Lehner managed to stop.
– Seidenberg’s goal was his second in his last three games (he also scored on April 25 against the Lightning), and it gave the Bruins a clean slate with 19:46 left to play, although they couldn’t capitalize on that second chance.