Happy Camper! Boston Bruins Win Season Series Against Ottawa Senators

Cory DuceyAnalyst IIIFebruary 25, 2012

The Boston Bruins finish their road trip in Canada's capital city of Ottawa at the ScotiaBank Place against the Ottawa Senators.

The Bruins are looking to make consecutive saves and come out winning the six-game road trip as they went into Ottawa 2-2-1.

The Sens are looking to gain ground in the standings as they were seventh in the Eastern Conference going into the night.

The first goal didn't take long.

Ottawa's Erik Karlsson received a pass by Jason Spezza who gathered alot of attention by three Bruins on the right side.  Spezza passed to Karlsson who was all alone to net one for the Sens with just 1:10 of play into the game. 1-0, Sens.

Just two minutes and 36 seconds later, Boston's captain, Zdeno Chara blasted one from the point and Patrice Bergeron evened it up with a wrister on the rebound in front of the Ottawa net.

Later in the period, Brad Marchand earned his career-best 22nd goal as he wristed a shot past Alex Auld to give the Bruins their first lead of the night. 2-1, Bruins.


Second Period



The second period was a turnover bonanza for the Bruins and the Sens were consistently losing the puck throughout the period.

One of those turnovers gave rookie Carter Camper his first career NHL goal when he got the puck off the rebound and backhanded it off Auld's pad and trickled it in to give the B's a 3-1 lead.

The Bruins clearly outplayed the Sens in this period.


Third Period

The Bruins extended their lead at about the halfway mark of the final frame.  David Krejci blasted a shot in on net and gets in to give the Bruins the three-goal lead.

Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson went on a rampage by way of the scoreboard as he scored on the slap pass by Spezza with just 3:45 left of regulation.

Alfredsson made virtually the same shot form the same side and beat Thomas to put them within a goal with two minutes and eight seconds left.

Bergeron ended their rally with an empty-netter from his own blue line and the final tally was 5-3, Bruins.


The Aftermath



The Bruins also extended their point lead in the Northeast Division on the Sens to five points.

The B's are back home on Tuesday, February 28th to take on the Sens again in their fifth out of their six meetings this season.  The season series has been won by the Bruins as they have won the 4-of-4 meetings so far this season.

That being said we all know that this doesn't count in the postseason.  All that matters is that teams strive for a playoff spot.  Then they work on home-ice advantage.

Chris Neil laid out Johnny Boychuk with a thunderous north-south hit.  On the replay, it was a clean hit and Neils isn't known for an intentional dirty play.

Chara saw fit to have "words" with Neil near the end of the period which left the Bruins D without their big D-man on the ice and probably helped the Sens to get back into the game as both of Alfredsson's goals occurred while Chara was in the Sin Bin.

Boychuk did not return.

Kyle Turris' hit on Joe Corvo, on the other hand, was a high hit to where he left his skates and it resulted on Corvo striking his head.  He looked shaken up on the hit, but was back into the game.

Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan said in a statement, “Because there was enough head contact on this hit, the Department of Player Safety felt it was necessary to convene a hearing to examine the play further. After reviewing the video extensively as we heard Turris’ explanation of how the play developed, we concluded that the head was not targeted intentionally or even recklessly and that the circumstances surrounding the hit contributed significantly to the amount of head contact that resulted. We therefore have decided that there will be no supplemental discipline added to the penalty assessed on the play.”


This is Cory Ducey saying "Hit Hard, But Keep It Clean."