OTTAWA — Good morning from Canada’s capital city, where tonight the Bruins will wrap up their six-game road trip with a tilt against the much-improved Senators at Scotiabank Place.
The Bruins on Friday night fell to 2-2-1 on the trip with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Sabres in Buffalo. Derek Roy scored the winner in extra time, flipping a backhander byTuukka Rask. Look for Tim Thomas to man the pipes tonight against the Senators, who trail the Bruins by only three points for the top spot in the Northeast Division.
With Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline looming, the Bruins could use some help in the goal-scoring department. They’ve scored only 11 times through five games on this trip and they’ve continued to have trouble building a lead over the first two periods. They trailed, 0-1, through 40 minutes in Buffalo and now have failed to carry a lead into the third period in 16 of their last 19 games.
The Senators, led in scoring by Jumbo Jason Spezza (66 points), will be back at the Garden Tuesday night, followed by the Devils (Thursday) and Islanders (Saturday).
Puck drop: 7:05 p.m. EST
Record: Bruins, 36-20-3; Senators, 32-22-8.
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Milan Lucic-Chris Kelley-David Krejci
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Carter Camper-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Storylines: The Bruins have three games in hand over the Senators, but unless they pick up the pace soon they will lose their divisional lead and stand to slip to a fifth or sixth seed in the conference, forfeiting their home-ice edge for at least the first round of the playoffs…Zdeno Chara scored the lone goal in Buffalo, an unassisted power-play strike early in the third period that was the 1-1 equalizer….The Bruins again were without any lead time in Buffalo, the third time on this trip that they logged 0:00 in lead time….Patrice Bergeron (49 points) and Tyler Seguin (47) lead the Bruins on offense…He would have to get blistering hot, but Spezza has a chance of eclipsing his career-high mark of 92 points…Ottawa’s No. 2 scorer is slick defenseman Erik Karlsson (60 points in 61 games). The 21-year-old Swede not only leads all NHL defensemen in scoring, he has blown away the field. His closest competition is Florida’s veteran backliner, Brian Campbell, with 41 points. Karlsson is quick, elusive and has emerged as a force here in his third season…The Bruins play 17 times in March, a torrid schedule, and nine of those games are on the road, including a swing through San Jose , LA and Anaheim late in the month…Seguin, held without a goal for the eighth straight game Friday night, now has only one goal in the 12 games he’s played since appearing here in the NHL All-Star game late last month. He is 1-3–4 in those 12 games…Tonight will be the third time this month the Bruins have played back-to-back games. They also play three couplets next month…The Bruins skipped their customary day-of-game workout, in part due to having played Friday night in the Paris of Western New York.