Luckily for the Bruins, style points aren’t taken into account when sorting out the standings. If they were, the B’s might be in trouble. But those aren’t the points that matter. The only points that mean anything that are the ones that teams get for wins, and on Thursday night, the B’s got two very important points. Boston was able to avoid losing three straight by beating the Ottawa Senators 2-1 at Scotiabank Place. It wasn’t pretty. In fact, there wasn’t much of anything that was aesthetically pleasing for Bruins fans to feel good about — other than the final score, of course. There’s no denying that the Bruins are in a bit of a lull right now. Injuries are starting to pile up and the more glaring problem is that the team just isn’t playing its best hockey right now. They’re far from it. However, the B’s were able to find just enough and squeak out a win over a division rival on a night where they were operating well below the level they’re accustomed to playing at. Whatever the reason was — and you could blame a handful of things — Boston never looked quite right Thursday night. The breakouts were sloppy once again. There were a handful of turnovers or misplays in the neutral zone. There were missed opportunities offensively, none more damning than a blown 3-on-1 from the first line in the second period. But in the end, the Bruins reversed their third-period fortunes as of late by scoring with just 1:04 remaining. Fittingly, it was all about getting back to simplicity. Patrice Bergeron won the offensive zone faceoff to Zdeno Chara. The big defenseman made the simple pass across the point to Dennis Seidenberg. The German defenseman hammered the one-timer toward the net by Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner with Bergeron and Tyler Seguin getting traffic in front.

Read more at: http://nesn.com/2013/03/bruins-will-take-ugly-win-over-senators-but-boston-still-has-plenty-of-room-for-improvement/