Senators Lose 3-1 to Bruins

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In a game that the Bruins were just hoping to get through without any injuries, the Senators were just hoping to get through it period.  Saturday afternoon marked the end of a disappointing season for Ottawa, a season that has seen endless speculation about the coach and the exit of well-known and well-liked veterans.  There is hope as the rebuild is off to a roaring start, but this club is still in transition and will need to shore up numerous areas on the hockey team before returning to the upper tier of the National Hockey League.

Daniel Paille opened the scoring when he converted a pass from Greg Campbell, beating McElhinney and giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.  Bobby Butler would respond when he found the puck on his stick with a wide open net, putting it home easily, and the game was tied after 1.

 In the second, Ryan Shannon would be given a 4 minute high-sticking penalty after he clipped Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid in the eye.  6 seconds into that PP, Nathan Horton would backhand a rebound into an empty net and the Bruins were up 2-1.  Then, a little later on, the fight of the year happened.  Zack Smith and Nathan Horton went at each other like I haven’t seen in some time.  You could literally feel the hate.  Both guys got in some tremendous licks, an absolutely fantastic tilt.

The Bruins put it away in the third.  At 14:52, Rick Peverley skated down the right wing, avoided a check by Chris Phillips, cut to the middle and beat McElhinney with a backhand to make it 3-1.  That would end up being the final, as the Senators end the 2010-11 season with 74 points (32-40-10), but 10-6-1 in their last 17 games.  The Bruins have 1 more game on Sunday and will face either Montreal or Buffalo in the first round of the playoffs. (Editor’s note:  It will be the Habs)

Cory Clouston

Bobby Butler

Stephane Da Costa


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