It’s a good thing the foot soldiers all showed up for work in Ottawa Thursday night for a Bruins team that badly needed a win.
While Boston’s big guns floundered and fumbled their way to another ineffective group performance, Dennis Seidenberg, Daniel Paille and Anton Khudobin made all the key plays the Bruins would require in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Senators at Scotiabank Place.
For the record that's a meat-and-potatoes defenseman, a fourth-line winger and the backup goaltender all serving as difference-makers for a Bruins hockey club that wasn’t close to satisfied with their performance after the dramatic third-period victory. One struck for the game-winning goal that somehow found a path through traffic in front of the net and through Robin Lehner’s pads, one potted the game-tying score in the last two minutes of the second period with the Bruins searching for offensive inspiration, and one made big and small among his 27 saves that kept Boston in the game when they were largely being outplayed by a quicker, hungrier opponent in the game’s first 40 minutes.
In essence, it was the Bruins' middle class of players that saved the day for many teammates that have been riding far too much on reputation this season.
“Today was a struggle for all of us,” admitted Seidenberg, who scored his first goal of the season with 1:04 remaining in the third period to guarantee victory for Boston. “It seemed like we didn't really skate that well, but at the end it was [about us winning] two points."
Like many games this season for the Black and Gold, it wasn’t close to their best, but they still ended up with a win in the end. Perhaps the end result shouldn’t have been so surprising given that it was also Boston’s eleventh straight win over a star-crossed Senators club at Scotiabank Place.
But things didn’t look very good for Boston after the first 38 minutes of hockey on Thursday. Ottawa had a slim one-goal lead after shootout prodigy Kaspars Daugavins beat Anton Khudobin in the second period, and the pesky Sens were doing an admirable job keeping Boston shooters outside to the perimeter.
Bruins middle class leads the way in win
CSN New England | Mar 22