Senators Win 4-2 Over Bruins

To a man, the Senators agreed that they had to forget about Tuesday’s effort against the Flyers.  It was time to turn the page and focus on their next opponent, the Boston Bruins.  Ottawa was hoping to use this matchup as a test to see where their team stood in the Eastern Conference.

It didn’t start off very well.

The Bruins scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game – the first on a fluky redirection – the second on a gorgeous Brad Marchand effort that saw him deke a number of Senators before going roof.  It was another horrific start for the Senators as they simply couldn’t get the puck out of their zone.

Luckily, Chris Neil scored with under a minute left in the period to give the Senators some life.  Ottawa was outshot 13-6, and thoroughly outplayed, but was only down a goal after one.

Fast forward to the third period where the Senators did the unlikely.  After a failed rush, the puck made its way back to the point and Erik Karlsson.  The Swedish defender faked a shot and slap-passed to a wide open Jason Spezza, who made no mistake to tie the game.  Anyone watching the first 10 minutes of this one would’ve thought that was impossible.

Then, more insanity.  A loose puck made its way back to the point and  local whipping boy, Jared Cowen.  Cowen’s shot went through Johnny Boychuk’s skates and past Rask to give Ottawa a 3-2 lead.  Bobby Ryan would follow that by stealing the puck from Riley Smith and snapping it through the Boston goaltender to extend the lead to 2.  Incredible.

That’s all she wrote as the Senators rallied from a 2 goal deficit to win by two, 4-2.  Unfortunately, it was not all good news.  Late in the third, Bobby Ryan was hit in the head by an errant Dennis Seidenberg elbow.  Ryan collapsed and was helped to the dressing room.  No word on the severity of the injury.

Thoughts on the Game

1. Rallying Cry – This is the type of game that a season could turn around on.  An impressive comeback effort against one of the elite teams in the league.  All those Sens fans that were down after Tuesday are likely right back up after tonight.

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