Bruins 2, Senators 1 (OT)
Mike McKenna stole the show for the Ottawa senators on Sunday.
He also helped the senators defend their opinion.
Led by McKenna's brilliant performance with 42 titles, senators may never have reached a point as the club lost 2-1 to the Boston Bruins in front of 13,148 at the Canadian Tire Center.
Torey Krug scored the winning goal at 3:07, giving the Bruins the win over a shot that McKenna never had a chance. While McKenna only conceded a goal to Brad Marchand in the regulation, Mark Stone responded by the senators against Tuukka Rask.
"It was great, we see that in practice all the time and we could not have asked for more of it," said center Colin White, who scored Stone's only goal.
Making only his sixth appearance on the network since being called up by Belleville of the American Hockey League, McKenna was strong. He gave the club a chance to win and that's all the senators want from their support when they decided to give No. 1 goalkeeper Craig Anderson a rare break.
The shots were 14-4 for Boston in the third period and it was when McKenna did the best in his first home match.
"I felt like myself and felt like I did a good job before I was ready for that," said McKenna, who stacked two pads in Sean Kuraly's OT. "That's a credit to our goalkeeping coach (Pierre Groulx) and my team mates.
"It may have been the biggest (salvage) in the NHL, but I've had games like that elsewhere. I've felt it before. We fought so hard tonight. It was a small battle of friction with both teams being hit, but it was a very fun game, I thought. "
After a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, the two National Hockey League teams were in back-to-back situations. The Bruins did not arrive until early Sunday morning after a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at home.
The challenge was difficult for the senators. The club is playing without six regular due to injuries and coach Guy Boucher has warned that Boston has dominated Ottawa in the last 18 months.
Boucher was happy that the senators came out with three of the four points in both games.
"I thought our players in general, if you looked all weekend, and put that into perspective, few people thought we would get a single point this weekend with big teams coming in," Boucher said.
"Giving up just one goal in regulation in each game? I'm very proud of our boys. They gave everything they had. They are finished now. There's nothing left in the tank. It was a great team effort in both games and it was very close. "
Over 40 minutes, this was a hard battle against the shots of 27 to 23 in favor of Boston and the tie tied in 1×1. McKenna was equal to the task and did a good job while Rask made it to a few stops while the senators were pushing to make sure the game was balanced.
Senators were forced to play most of the second period with only five defenders after Ben Harpur had given 17 minutes on penalties for dropping the gloves with Boston's Sean Kuraly.
The Bruins tied the power game when Marchand threw home in his eighth of the season at 7:49 a second. Standing in the circle, he beat McKenna on the glove side and this was the first goal with the advantage the man the club had allowed in four games.
Senators held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. To reach 12-11 by the Bruins, McKenna was equal to the task that the senators did not give up great chances of goal. The first period ended with a 5 to 3 power-play for Ottawa, but the club failed to complete it in the second.
Stone opened the scoring picking a perfect feed from White, beating Rask on the stick side at 12:51 of the first. White showed an explosion of speed to help mount the strange man's race with the Bruins catching ice and Stone easily scored his 15th of the season.
"We are still moving forward to get where we want to be on the defensive," said Senate striker Zack Smith. "We have to find out that it's pretty fast here, but it's good to have McKenna coming here and he's been headlong for many defenses, so it's good to know that when we make mistakes, they turn their backs on us."
A DIFFICULT STYLE
The depth of the senators is being tested.
While blueliner Christian Jaros is listed on a day-to-day basis with a lower-body injury, the club also lacked veteran defender Dylan DeMelo who may not make the three-game trip that begins Tuesday night, Tuesday against the Nashville Predators.
DeMelo is out with a concussion in the upper body, which may have occurred in the first period of an attack by Riley Sheahan of Pittsburgh. DeMelo finished the game but the club was forced to remember Erik Burgdoerfer on Sunday morning and dressed up against the Bruins.
"I would like to say that he is in the day-to-day, but we do not know if he is coming on the trip," Boucher said before the game. "He went through that, which is a statement to his character because We needed it and he knew it, but now it's getting a little worse.
"We have to make sure we're going to take care of this."
Senators left Monday to open a three-game trip in Nashville and after the game Boucher indicated that DeMelo would not be on the road. The senators will remember an AHL affiiate striker and blueliner in Belleville before they leave.
Losing DeMelo is a great success. Acquired in the deal that sent Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks in September, DeMelo was a strong addition. He has been a solid defensive partner to Thomas Chabot and has averages of 18:53 minutes per game.
"He did a great job. He's a great person, it's great to have him around the room and he's very smart, "Boucher said. "He's one of those guys who improves the environment, so they lose him, I hope it's not for many games."
"It's another loss. We had some big losses here. "
The club is already without Matt Duchene, Bobby Ryan and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, along with blueliner Mark Borowiecki. He lost his ninth straight game on Sunday night and there is no timetable for his comeback as well.
When it rains, he spills in front of injuries, especially after losing Duchene and Ryan on Thursday against the Habs.
"This is the NHL," Boucher said, "especially in defense." You think you have a lot of defenders and suddenly they fall like flies, once you lose top-end guys, that makes a big difference.
"We are lucky to have Harpur there and it was a great hiring of (GM) Pierre (Dorion) to bring (Justin) Falk. He falls at the perfect moment and played very well (Saturday). Harpur is getting better and better every day and helping us out. We have enough people to do the job.
As for Jaros, he may not be very far away and able to make the trip, but play later in the week.
"It's not something big, but he can not play," Boucher said.
THIS & # 39; N & # 39; THAT
McKenna did not face a blow until 4:21 of the first, but he made a good glove to save Matt Grzelcyk. It was only McKenna's sixth appearance on the club's network since being called on Oct. 31 …
There were nine batters from nine different teams in hand. Representatives from Anaheim, Minnesota, Chicago, Vancouver, San Jose, Detroit, Los Angeles, Toronto and Philadelphia were in the building. The holiday list freeze is set for December 19 and negotiations are warming up lately …
The instigator's penalty for Harpur for dropping gloves with Kuraly in the second was a mystery. "The instigator call, I really do not understand how you can get an instigator call, skating back when the guy is coming after you," Boucher said. Boston tied 1-1 in power when Marchand threw home …
I'm sure the Ottawa bank did not appreciate Marchand making a flight after he tied it …
Ryan Dzingel made a perfect pass to Cody Ceci alone and he lost the net with just over a minute in the second. That could have made a difference.
THE LAST WORDS
With so many marginalized players, there is no doubt that many are being used in different roles. Boucher said the players had the chance to embrace the new roles. "I do not think anyone is happy when you hurt yourself, but of course some players benefit from that," Boucher said. "Have different roles that are more amplified. A guy like (Chris) Tierney has to continue the power play now. He was doing very well on this before, but we need him so much on the penalty and (Tierney) has some time there. A guy like (Max) McCormick gets in line and has been waiting for a long time. "…
Defender Thomas Chabot played 29:21 because of the scarcity on the ball with DeMelo and Jaros out. Tierney, who was elevated to Duchene's place, led all the attackers in the ice weather with 22:39.
FIVE THINGS WE LEARN
This has turned into a complicated affair and Zack Smith is never afraid to get his nose dirty in these types of games. He picked up the blueliner from Boston Torey Krug with a big hit behind the Bruins' net in the middle of the second. This is the kind of game it was.
Even the employees take some
Referee Chris Schlenker needed some attention from athletic therapist Dom Nicoletta Ottawa at the end of the third. After Ryan Dzingel hit Brad Marchand, he caught Schlenker on his knees. He continued in the game after the television timeout.
Ben Harpur dropped his gloves seven minutes later and Sean Kuraly bit more than he could chew. Harpur took Kuraly a few times and there was blood on the ice that needed to be cleaned during the television time limit.
The senators had a 5 to 3 for a minute, which started late in the first, when Brad Marchand received a penalty. He caught Max Lajoie in the head while trying to kill Chris Wagner's early lead for cross check. The senators failed to capitalize.
With Dylan DeMelo and Christian Jaros sidelined with injuries, this meant changes in the defensive pair. The top blueliner Thomas Chabot skidded with Harpur until he gave 17 minutes on penalties to drop the gloves with Kuraly.
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