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Final: Bruins 5, Senators 3

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  November 1, 2011 05:09 PM

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THIRD PERIOD

It's a wrap here at 9:43 p.m. Bruins snap three-game losing streak with 5-3 win. Recover from slow start in first period. More closely resemble team that won Cup in June. Far better team effort. Very strong night for team captain Zdeno Chara (two assists).

17:18 -- Campbell and Smith fight after faceoff. Each land decent shots in a short bout.

Less than 5:00 to go. Bruins on verge of snapping three-game losing streak.

Solid kill by the Bruins against the league's top PP unit.

12:03 -- Marchand penalty (holding stick) gives Ottawa PP.

7:18 -- Bruins, 5-3. Paille streaks in alone on breakaway and connects with short forehander. Set up with Thornton chip pass from behind his own blue line. Rare two-goal lead.

6:41 -- Bruins, 4-3 -- Boychuk strikes with slapper from blue line, above right circle, after Kelly feeds him with short pass.

5:04 -- Ottawa ties, 3-3. Long wrister by rookie Jared Cowen finds way through crowd of four bodies around Thomas net. Boston's lead time ends at 7:04.

Underway at 9:04 p.m.

SECOND PERIOD

Second period compelte. Bruins on top, 3-2. Outshooting Sens, 2-1 (32-16) for the night.

19:14 -- Neil off for slashing.

18:00 -- Bruins, 3-2. First lead of night comes off Kelly's 35-foot one-time blast, set up by Peverley. Peverley carries over line on right wing, swoops behind net and makes perfect dish from nearl goal line after he swings out from behind net.

14:49 -- Neil sent off for interference. Bruins PP chance to move ahead on scoreboard for first time tonight.

Horton shows some presence, but called for boarding Smith at 11:32.

Timeout with 9:30 to go. Bruins with substantial 29-16 shot lead. Some decent chances, but not sustained pressure on Anderson.


Bruins fail to make hay on PP. Have yet to hold lead tonight, now halfway through second period.

Bruins show some emotional spark after tying. Pressure on net results in power-play opportunity at 6:30 (Spezza hooking).

4:21 -- Bruins, 2-2. Bergeron smacks in one-timer from slot off of Seguin feed from right wing. Goal generated off rush after Bruins win puck battle in own end.

Underway at 8:08 p.m.

FIRST PERIOD

First 20:00 complete. Senators, 2-1. Boston with 17-9 shot lead.

Around the 16:15 mark, Seguin shifts around Karlsson at blue line with move that thrills Garden crowd. Chara joined rush on play. No goal.

With 5:41 to go, Bruins with 13-7 shot lead, but Sens still on top, 2-1.

13:15. Lucic stout hit on Cowen in Ottawa's end. Bruins need more of that engagement.

7:40 -- Ottawa goes on power play after Campbell and Smith scrap. Bruins with an excellent kill, Ottawa unable to get a shot on net.

7:28 -- Senators, 2-1. Only 16 seconds after Boston equalizer, DaCosta pots go-ahead strike, set up by pretty Foligno dish at the side of the crease. Total buzzkill for B's.

7:12 -- Bruins tie, 1-1. Lucic with backhand lift high into net, while parked off right post. Anderson down and out in crease. Rare power-play

5:31 -- Another Gonchar minor (hooking).

5:23 -- Off of faceoff following goal, Thornton and Konopka battle at center. Each tagged with 5 minutes in fighting.

5:19 -- Ottawa, 1-0 -- Foligno pushes one-handed shot on net. Puck pops up and goes in net before it gets dislodged in traffic.


Bruins don't score on man-advantage. First unit has Marchand-Seguin-Peverley up front with Corvo and Bergeron at points.

1:46 -- Senators Gonchar off for hooking.

Underway here at the House that Jeremy Built at 7:09. Tim Thomas in net for the Bruins, Craig Anderson for the Senators.

Julien roles out his energy line, Paille-Campbell-Thornton to start the night.

Greetings from the upper reaches of the TD Garden, where tonight (7 p.m.) the slow-to-get-it-going Bruins (3-7-0) will take on the streaking Senators (winners of six straight).

The Bruins have lost three in a row, all in regulation, matching their worst skid of last season--defeats to the Red Wings (2) and Leafs in mid-February. It was that losing streak, in fact, that compelled GM Peter Chiarelli to look for help at the trading deadline, which resulted in the additions of Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley and Tomas Kaberle.

The Bruins have failed to take a lead in six of their last eight games, and have amassed a total lead time this season of 106:03, averaging just over 10 minutes per game. Said another way, they've been behind or even in games about 83 percent of the time this season.

Tim Thomas is expected in net tonight for the Bruins, likely opposing Ottawa's Craig Anderson. Thomas led the Bruins out for their pre-game skate, starting just before 6:30.

Benoit Pouliot, 0-0--0 in eight games, is not on the ice for the warmup. He skated in morning workout, which makes him a healthy scratch tonight. Jordan Caron, 0-0--0, will play for the sixth time this season.


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