Senators Win 4-2 Over Bruins

No pregame skates for either the Bruins or Senators as the TD Garden was booked for a NBA playoff game.  Shortly before gametime, the following was announced: Matt Kassian & Eric Gryba out, Guillaume Latendresse & Patrick Wiercioch in. Robin Lehner starts.

For the Bruins, Jaromir Jagr & Nathan Horton were scratches, while Tuukka Rask was in goal.

This game had implications for 6 of the 8 playoff teams in the Eastern Conference, so there was no doubt it was going to have a playoff feel.  For the Senators specifically, a win meant they avoided Pittsburgh and played Montreal. 1 point and they played the Bruins. A regulation loss meant a date with the heavy favourite Penguins.

So it was a bit surprising to see Ottawa play so sloppily to open the frame. There were turnovers aplenty and Boston was hovering all around Robin Lehner.  However, after another brutal fight between Chris Neil & Milan Lucic, Erik Condra scored for the first time in 28 games to put the Senators up 1-0.

Ottawa extended their lead in the second when Jared Cowen let a shot go from the point that beat a screened Tuukka Rask.  It was Cowen’s 1st point of the season and his first goal since March 4, 2012 against the Florida Panthers.

But it didn’t take long for the Bruins to tie it. First, with just 3.2 seconds left in the second, Marc Methot elected to take the body on Wade Redden along the boards. Unfortunately, for No. 3, Redden handed the puck off to Rich Peverley, who shot it by Lehner and cut the lead in half.

Then, 14 seconds into the third, Dennis Seidenberg walked into the Senators zone and unleashed a high rising slapshot that went over Lehner’s shoulder. 2-2 just like that, as the Bruins technically score 2 goals in under 20 seconds.

So, it came down to the wire and with under 4 minutes left, J-G Pageau was able to pick the puck out of the skates of a Bruins defenceman and snap it past Rask to give the Senators the lead.  A Kyle Turris empty-netter sealed the deal as Ottawa clinched 7th position in the Eastern Conference and a date with the Montreal Canadiens.

J-G Pageau, Chris Neil, Robin Lehner & Coach MacLean (video – Senstv)

http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=243519

Notes:

Robin Lehner made every start against the Bruins this season and finally got his first win against them, making 34 saves.

Chris Phillips left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. He was kept out for precautionary reasons and is expected to be fine.

Due to Rich Peverley’s goal, the William M. Jennings trophy will be awarded to the Chicago Blackhawks.

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