Talking Points: Bruins can't get settled after Chara penalty
Dion Phaneuf. As much as you have to give him any credit because he kind of reminds you of O’Doyle from Billy Madison, the Senators defenseman played a starring role in Ottawa’s Game 2 win over the Bruins. He scored the game-winner in OT on a slap shot from the point after the Bruins had killed off the penalty. He finished with a goal and three points along with a plus-3 in 24:11 of ice time for the Senators. He’s been put in a better position to succeed where he’s a second-pairing shutdown kind of defenseman, but he was burned by Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron in the closing minutes of Game 1. Phaneuf ended up with the winning play in Game 2 among his four shot attempts, three hits and three giveaways for the game, but the Ottawa D-man got better as the game went along.
Zdeno Chara played strong and stout hockey for most of his season-high 30:09, so it’s tough to saddle him with this as a 40-year-old player simply doing the best that he can. But he was under zero pressure with 12.5 seconds to go when he zinged a puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty that the Bruins killed off in overtime, but never truly got settled afterward before Ottawa’s game-winner. It certainly appeared like a mental mistake from the B’s captain in a moment of fatigue, but that’s something you won’t hear him us as an excuse. Chara was out of the box for about 15 seconds when Dion Phaneuf rifled a shot from the point that beat Tuukka Rask through traffic, and will send the series tied at 1-1 back to Boston after Game 2 slipped through their fingers. Chara finished with an assist, eight shot attempts, four hits and three blocked shots in a blue collar effort’s Boston’s elder blue liner.
While the Bruins essentially lost the game in overtime on a penalty taken at the end of the third period, it was a bad feeling kind of game when the Bruins went back on their heels in the third period. The key mistake was the game-tying goal where Erik Karlsson wheeled with the puck and the entire Bruins defense moved right along with him, and left Derick Brassard wide open on the backdoor. Karlsson found a passing seam and he beat the Vatrano-Moore-Nash line on a play where they got too caught up puck-watching with the dazzling Ottawa D-man. That opened the door for overtime to happen and allowed the Senators to ride the wave of momentum into the extra session for a victory.
Patrice Bergeron was one of the best players on the ice in a game where they really could have iced the series before it was even headed back to Boston. Bergeron scored a second period PP goal on a beautiful tip of a David Pastrnak shot, and finished with six shot attempts in 22:38 of ice time. He also had a pair of hits and 11-of-20 face-off wins in the overtime loss, and did a good job of again battling with the Jean-Gabriel Pageau line with a little bit of Kyle Turris time thrown in as well. So No. 37 put in a full night’s work to try and bring home the “W," but it was difficult to counteract losing another defenseman to injury with Adam McQuaid going down in the first period.
BY THE NUMBERS
27:47 – the ice time for 19-year-old Charlie McAvoy in his second career NHL game, which was once again second to only Zdeno Chara among all Bruins as he’s showing his ability to be a workhorse for his Boston team.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's disappointing, but now it's over and we need to move forward. It would be nice to win 16 in a row, but that's not easy to do. It usually doesn’t happen, so you need to learn from what just happened.” – Patrice Bergeron, ready to turn the page on to Game 3 on Monday night.