The Boston Bruins were barely visible for the first eight-plus minutes of Monday night’s action, except for when the host Ottawa Senators flashed two red lights on them. As a result of not showing up for the full contest, they failed to claim the full purse of points for the second time in as many meetings with their divisional rival.
With that said, they redressed after a well-advised timeout, recompensed the deficit and created a little more distance in the standings from the Sens, who have played three more games, with a 3-2 shootout victory.
The Bruins rallied a second time in the lightning round when Kyle Turris spotted Ottawa a 1-0 lead, only to see Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci beat Robin Lehner, seizing the extra point for the visitors.
For the first eight minutes and 10 seconds of the opening frame, Lehner and the ice in the Ottawa zone both went practically untouched. Boston manage only three blocked attempts over two shifts in the fifth minute and a wide bid by Tyler Seguin at 5:50.
Once they thawed out, though, the Spoked-Bs pulled even before the halfway mark of regulation with a pair of goals from fourth liners. And they pelted Lehner with 35 shots from 15 different skaters, the only exceptions being two defensemen in Andrew Ference and Dougie Hamilton, plus one forward who did not finish the game.
From their slightly late start to the adjustment with the loss of that one forward en route to a regulation tie that set up the decisive one-on-ones, here are the Bruins’ top three Monday night storylines.