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Final: Senators 1, Bruins 0

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  February 28, 2012 06:43 PM

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THIRD PERIOD

All done on Causeway. Senators take it, 1-0.

With 4:04 to go, Thomas stones Zack Smith on breakaway. Senators have enough solid chances tonight for a 6-0 lead. Still 1-0.

Bruins getting a few more shots this period. Close gap to 37-28. But still can't solve Lehner.

7:00 to go. Status quo.

Two more Thomas stops by Thomas around the 9:00 mark. Two-time Vezina winner sole reason Bruins still have a sniff.

Bruins were blanked, 3-0, by Rangers in last game on Causeway, Feb. 14. Now into their sixth period without a goal on Causeway St.

Bruins get second chance of night with power play at 5:13. Put only one shot on net. Senators remain out front, 1-0.

4:00 into third, Bruins still can't get any offense going. Rolston now out with
Thornton and Pouliot. Caron off line.

Bruins need a kickstart. Or maybe a kick.

SECOND PERIOD


Second verse, same as the first. Ottawa, 1-0, after 40. For 17th time in last 21 games, Bruins will enter third period without lead.

3:20 to go before break. Ottawa still working with 1-0 lead. Outshooting Bruins, 30-14.

12:39 -- Lucic decks Turris in Boston end at end of delayed penalty (slashing) against Lucic. Turris dealt Corvo bad hit Saturdcay night in Ottawa.

Lehner turns back good Thornton offering from right wing circle.

Thomas loses stick in collision with Turris around the 9:45 mark. Manages to keep puck out of net.

8:26. Condra misses wideopen net with 10-foot forehand. Incredible that he missed it.

Thomas now with 19 saves, while Bruins able to get only 9 chances on Lehner. Lopsided night for Spoked-B.

5:38 -- Near skirmish between Neil and Thornton. On-ice officials douse flames.

5:00 gone in second. Ottawa still with 1-0 lead.

Underway.


Senators hold 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Also own impressive 13-7 shot lead. Impressive work by Thomas keeps it one-goal game.

Ottawa wins 16 of the 25 faceoffs in first 20:00. Poor period all around by the Bruins, who are without core players Horton, Peverley and Boychuk.

Bruins show little on their only power play of period, awarded at 16:56. Rolston gets brief time at left point, with Chars manning right.

14:44 -- Senators, 1-0. Karlsson hammers in slot-point slapper on Ottawa's second power play of night. Most of the period has been played in Boston's end. Short work commute from Bruins bench.


Senators get first chance on PP when Rolston goes for tripping at 9:41. Wonderful to see Sens work puck on PP. Quick, light touches. Globetrotter-like.

Thornton not on Boston bench. Rolston takes his turn on fourth line at 9:30. Thornton returns to bench before shift ends. Strongman Shawn has been ailing of late.

Lehner gloves Boston's first shot, a long Seidenberg slapper at 6:56.

Thomas holds fort at 5:15 mark after losing stick in crease. Senators increase shot lead to 4-0. Still no score.

Shawn Thornton back in lineup, riding with familiar Fourth Freres, Campbell and Paille.

Bruins first-unit D has Chara with Ference.

90 seconds in, Rolston centers Pouliot and Caron. Considers Berlitz classes.

Mottau with McQuiad in No. 3 D pairing.

Underway.

Newcomers MIke Mottau and Brian ''Redux'' Rolston in for Bruins.

20-year-old Swede Robin Lehner in net for Sens. Ex-Bruin Alex Auld took the 5-3 loss to Bruins Saturday night in Ottawa.

Less than a half hour to go before faceoff, Bruins-Senators, and the Way Back Machine has Brian Rolston sportin' No. 12 for the home team.

Stay tuned. Could be a John Wensink sighting before night's end.

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