The Ottawa Senators were coming to Boston on a hot six-game win streak looking to create some more woes to the Bruins, who are on a three-game losing streak.
The Senators have not lost a game since Oct 18th when they were handed a 7-2 drubbing by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Adversely, the Bruins have not won a game since their 6-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ottawa's Nick Foligno was in a mess of players charging the Bruins' net and—before the net was knocked off it's moorings—Foligno tipped in the puck to open the scoring.
Less than two minutes later, Milan Lucic corralled a rebound off Zdeno Chara's slap shot from the point to backhand it over Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson's left side. Game was tied at one.
Just 16 seconds later, Stephane Da Costa got a backhand of his own as a shot to the net went off Bruin Joe Corvo's skate which went back to Foligno. Foligno saw Da Costa and flipped the pass back from between his legs, Da Costa wasted no time and got the puck in the net to give Ottawa the lead again.
Early in the frame, Tyler Seguin skated to the slot and no-look passed the puck to Patrice Bergeron who was all alone in the slot. Bergeron buried it to get the game knotted at two.
With two minutes left of the period, the Bruins added to their score with a shot from former Senator, Chris Kelly.
Rich Peverley skated up the ice and ended up skating behind the net. At the right face-off circle, he passed the puck to Kelly who one-timed it past Anderson to give the Bruins the lead for the first time in the game.
Ottawa's Jared Cowan earned his first-career NHL goal by way of a wrist shot and off the shaft of Bruin Defender Dennis Seidenberg's stick. Game knotted at three.
The Bruins got the lead back by way of a "Johnny Rocket". Johnny Boychuk let fly a bomb from the point and Anderson had no chance. 4-3 Bruins.
Boston didn't look back as 37 seconds later, Daniel Paille received a pass from Shawn Thornton and was off to the races. Paille five-holed it past Anderson to put the game away.
Boston snapped a losing streak.
Overall, Boston played much more disciplined game.
The pass from Foligno to Da Costa was sweet.
Boston played a team game and all lines scored. Balanced effort.
Should the Bruins Keep Up This play, can they get back in it?
The Bruins' missed opportunities. There were several times that the Bruins whiffed or could not bury the puck. Fortunately for the Bruins, they were not needed.
Ottawa left Anderson out to dry. 41 shots on net.
It was a step in the right direction for the Boston Bruins. Their discipline was much better, they supported the puck and gave Thomas a relatively easy night with just 26 shots on goal. Don't break out the parade yet—the Bruins have yet to string together a win streak this season. The Bruins need to make baby steps here.
The video review seemed to have helped the team as it was night and day in terms of performance. the next step is to carry on with this style of play.
This is Cory Ducey saying "Hit Hard, But Keep It Clean"