FINAL SCORE: Bruins 3, Senators 2
IN BRIEF: The Bruins spotted Ottawa two iffy goals with questionable play in front, but won it in the third period anyways, first with Chris Wagner tying it at 2 and then David Krejci winning it with 44 seconds to go after tipping home a Danton Heinen shot, as Boston ran its historic points streak up to 19 games.
BRUINS RECORD: 42-17-9 (93 points), 2nd in Atlantic Division
FROM JOE HAGGERTY
You just can’t make it up for the Bruins, as they take points in their 19th straight by scoring a game-winning goal with just 44.7 seconds to play. This time it was David Krejci tipping home a Danton Heinen shot from the slot after the B’s had tied things up in the third period, and now the Bruins are riding a six game winning streak in addition to the point streak. The point streak, by the way, is now the second-longest in Bruins franchise history, and now trails only a 23-game point streak achieved during the 1940-41 season by the Black and Gold. They just keep winning games and piling up points, and now they’re doing it in dramatic fashion.
Just when it was starting to feel like it wasn't going to be the Bruins night. Noel Acciari, Torey Krug and Patrice Bergeron all hit posts or crossbars in the first two periods, and the Bruins managed only a single goal in 26 shots on net through the first 40 minutes of the game. Piece of evidence No. 2 that the Bruins were looking like they were going to lose this game: They did that thing where they give up a goal a minute after they scored, and thereby completely give up the momentum that they’d built up after Brad Marchand scored on a power play goal
It was a pretty good first few periods from Lee Stempniak -- not exactly world-beating, but pretty solid nonetheless in his first NHL game in almost a year. All it takes is one play for a skilled guy like that to make something happen and get on the scoreboard, so let’s see what happens with him. It’s true that a mark on the score sheet would have even been better, but he’s made more of an impact than most of the other young guys that have played in that spot.
Another three shots on net and six shot attempts overall in the first two periods for Brandon Carlo, who is really amping up the shooting over the last few games amidst his coach jokingly calling him Brent Burns. If Carlo could continue to really get shots through from the point then that’s a legitimate area where he could grow his offensive with a pretty big, booming shot from the point. It’s clearly his best offensive weapon and it’s a good thing he’s trying to use it more.
MARCHAND DRAWS FIRST BLOOD
WAGNER TIES IT AT 2 IN THE THIRD
KREJCI WINS IT IN FINAL MINUTE
SUNDAY: at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
TUESDAY: at Columbus, 7 p.m. (NESN)
THURSDAY: at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. (NESN)
SATURDAY: vs. Columbus, 7 p.m. (NESN)
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