Talking Points: Senators prove too much for Bruins
Kyle Turris put on a clinic on how to score goals at this time of year, and one would hope that the Bruins were watching. Turris scored the second and third goals for the Senators by camping in front of the net and redirecting pucks past Tuukka Rask to provide the difference between winning and losing for Ottawa. Turris finished with two goals and a plus-1 in 17:14 of ice time, five shots on net, six overall shot attempts and 10-of-16 face off wins in a pretty dynamic performance. Turris has been a dynamic player again this season as evidenced by his 25 goals for the Sens, but he’s also enjoyed some very good games vs. the Bruins in the last few seasons.
Brad Marchand’s Hart Trophy drive may have hit a speed-bump with a rough night against the Senators on Tuesday night. Marchand was held without a goal for the second straight game, finished a minus-2 in 22:53 of ice time and had just a couple of shots on net while also totaling five giveaways and forcing the play a little too much. A back-to-basics approach might not be such a bad thing for No. 63, who was scoring a lot right around the net at the beginning of his hot streak. It’s no coincidence that the Bruins have lost a couple of grinding, divisional games with both Marchand and David Pastrnak held off the scoreboard, and that’s going to need to change if Boston wants to win these big games.
The Bruins tied things up at the start of the third period and had all the momentum after Torey Krug had undertaken a thrilling one-man rush end to end to score during 4-on-3 play. They had finally evened things up and broken through against Craig Anderson, and they have been a good third period team lately. But all it took was one offensive zone slashing penalty from Dominic Moore to undo the good vibes, and put Ottawa on a power play that stole back the momentum. Even worse it allowed the Senators to pin Boston’s best players in their zone and eventually gave away to the game-winner for Turris. It was a tough sequence for Boston, and it all started with Moore getting a little too overzealous in the offensive zone.
Torey Krug came to play on Tuesday night. He finished with a goal and two points in 23:45 of ice time, and had that breathtaking one-man rush up the ice to start the third period that really should have changed the game. He led all B’s in ice time in the hugely important game, finished with a team-high seven shots on net, three hits and a blocked shot and seemed to be in the middle of everything that was good for the Black and Gold. While some players looked like they were struggling to find their top game on Tuesday night, Krug was the best player on the ice for the Black and Gold.
By The Numbers
0-7 -- the Bruins’ record against the Senators and Maple Leafs this season with one more game to go against Ottawa.
Quote to Note
“Every year writes its own story. There are a lot of guys in that room that weren’t here last year, including myself. So we’d like to write our own story.” –Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, when asked if there’s a “here we go again” feeling after losing their third game in a row late in the season.