Bruins Put a Beatdown on Ottawa: Boston Shows They Are Tough To Beat on Home Ice

Shawn OwensAnalyst IJanuary 12, 2011

Patrice Bergeron celebrates his third goal of the game and his first career hat trick as the Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 6-0.
Patrice Bergeron celebrates his third goal of the game and his first career hat trick as the Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 6-0.Elsa/Getty Images

True to a team that is looking to show everyone in the league that they are a tough team to play against, the Boston Bruins last night did what every good team in the NHL should do—beat the teams that you are supposed to beat. 

That's exactly what they did last night, with a 6-0 win over the Ottawa Senators.

Boston's Patrice Bergeron kept the hot streak going and lead the way with his first career hat trick and was all over the ice last night. He backed-checked and fore-checked all night long and no one was getting in his way. His shot selection was as good as he has had in his career and the game looks like it is just slowing down for him. 

A great sign for a 25 year old who is falling into the prime of his career.

Line mate Brad Marchand recorded two points and was a +3 with three shots on net. He has been very consistent as of late and is jelling really well with Bergeron and Recchi. This line looks very much like that playoff line you can count on.

Newly appointed All-Star Tim Thomas recorded his league leading sixth shutout of the season. Thomas didn't have much work last night, but was equal to the task when he had to be.

The Boston Bruins are still loving the trade they made in the offseason with Florida. No, we are not talking about Nathan Horton, we are speaking of the throw in player in that deal that has been a great fit for the Bruins, Gregory Campbell. 

Campbell played another great game last night and even earned a bunch of minutes on the power play late in the game. He too is looking like that playoff type player every team has in route to going deep in the playoffs.

Defenceman Steve Kampfer played another solid game; I am still amazed how fast he is when rushing the puck up ice. 

Adam McQuaid got back in the line up last night, and he didn't dissapoint. He had a real good staredown with a very seasoned Chris Neil. You know even though they didn't go, he was willing, not backing down around his net and had that little smirk on his face as to say weather you are going to beat me or not, I am here and will be here to take anything you have. 

Admirable for sure!

Nathan Horton was back in the line up and played a spirited game. He was physical and had his opportunities but couldn't capitalize.

Milan Lucic sat out with an injury and according to Coach Claude Julien is considered day to day.

Marc Savard played 19 shifts with 17 minutes of ice time. He recorded four shots on net and came up with nothing. He is really struggling right now and you wonder how long the Bruins Brass are going to take to make a decision on him. 

He has a very high salary and has produced very little. I also believe once the decision is made, Lucic and Horton will get back on track. There just doesn't seem to be any chemistry between them or for that matter anywhere Savard is playing.

The Bruins will have an off day today and will be right back at it going against one of the leagues best teams, the Philadelphia Flyers.