Final at Garden in shootout. Bruins 4, Senators 3
Bruins shoot first in shootout.
Bergeron fails to get shot on net, as puck rolls off stick at top of crease.
Kovalev first off net with short backhander.
Wheeler fires forehander into Elliott’s pads.
Spezza foiled on backhand attempt, Thomas with quick right pad.
Krejci fails with backhander at left post.
Alfredsson misses net with short-range wrister.
Ryder pots doorstep forehand wrister inside right post.
Fisher fails to put backhander by Thomas. Bruins win.
Neither side could score in the 4-on-4 OT. Headed to a shootout. Again.
OT is underway. Boston’s fifth OT in the last six games.
Tied, 3-3 with 19.3 seconds left in regulation. Michael connects after carrying down left side and firing goal line wrister that breaks into net off bottom of Thomas’ left shin pad. Senators called time out with 25.1 seconds to go to strategize. They won faceoff, setting stage for Michalek’s rush.
Excellent PK by the Bruins. setting stage for Elliott to be pulled with 1:07 to go. Bruins spend about 30 seconds of that time in Ottawa’s end, trying to put puck in empty net. No dice.
16:54 –Penalty — Boston, Recchi, 2 hooking. Bruins stil with the 3-2 lead and 3:30 to play. The Senators will pull their goalie with about a minute to go.
9:19 — Boston 3, Ottawa 2 — Wideman nails in 50-foot wrister on power play with Recchi jousting for position with Kuba at top of crease. Boston’s third power play of the night. For Wideman, his second goal of the season.
strong> Still tied, 2-2. Bruins coach Claude Julien opts again to make the Wheeler-Krejci-Recchi combination his first unit on the power play.
Penalty — Ottawa, Kovalev, 2 interference.
Savard caught with a high-stick (no call) around the 3:00 mark of the third period. Trainer Don Del Negro tends to the cut when Savard gets to bench.
Bruins enjoyed a 2-on-1 margin on faceoff victories in the first two periods, winning 18 of the 27 draws.
Puck is down for the third period. Bruins open with Bergeron centering Sturm and Recchi.
Tied, 2-2, after 40 minutes. Bruins with one of their most spirited periods of the season, repeatedly attacking with the puck rather than standing around on outside waiting for shooting lanes to open.
15:08 — Penalty, Ottawa, Phillips 2 hooking. Bruins, 2-for-3 on power play, again on advantage.
Tied, 2-2, with 8:13 left in secone period. Bruins with 19-8 shot lead. Offense finally showing some grit and tempo. One of their best periods of the season.,
9:57 — Boston 2, Ottawa 2 — Ryder nails in wrister from inner edge of left cirlce after trading passes with Chara. Bruins now 2-for-3 on man-advantage. Savard picks up second assist.
8:13 – Penalty, Ottawa, Kelly, 2 hooking. Bruins now with 17-8 shot lead.
Bruins with considerably more offensive zip and confidence following the goal by Krejci.
0:41 — Penalty — Foligno, tripping.
0:59 — Boston 1, Ottawa 2 — Rare power play goal for Bruins, with Krejci taking pass off left wing from Recchi, carrying down slot and finishing off with a nifty backhander at left post, stick side on Elliott.
4:52 — Senators 1, Bruins 0 — Derek Morris fails to get puck out of zone on right side, leading to a 30-foote wrister by Daniel Alfredsson for his ninth goal of the season. Assist to Milan Michalek. First shot of the night on Tim Thomas.
6:48 — Derek Morris rings slapper off left post.
7:03 — Savard sent off for high-stickIng minor.
7:15 — Patrice Bergeron hurts a leg while killing penalty. He stumbles awkwardly in the slot and then gets nailed by a Filip Kuba slapper.
7:22 — Ottawa 2, Boston 0 — Michalek nails in two-goal lead on PP with help from Alfredsson and Kuba. Begeron still on ice when puck goes in net, effectively giving Senators a 5-on-3 advantage. Bergeron needs assistance making it to dressing room.
11:37 — Ruutu sent off for high sticking, giving Bruins their first power play of the night.
On Boston’s second-unit power play, Matt Hunwick takes Bergeron’s spot on point duty with Dennis Wideman.
13:41 — Krejci sent off for holding. Good kill by Bruins, not allowing Senators a shot on their second PP advantage.
No immediate word from Bruins dressing room on Bergeron’s condition
18:24 — Recchi nearly pots loose puck in open net, but is hauled down by Alfredsson and bangs head off base of left post as net gets disloged. No goal. No injury. No damage to post.
Bergeron returns to ice and logs a decent shift for in final minute of period.
After 20 minutes, Senators hold 2-0 lead. Bruins with healthy shot lead, 10-5.
A look at the first-period stat sheet shows the Bruins attempted 23 shots, landed 10, had eight blocked and misfired on five. The Senators attempted only 10, landed five, had two blocked and missed the net with three others.