The Sens emerged after 63:38 of game time without the 2 points they hoped for, but you couldn't blame the team or their fans to be pretty happy leaving with a point against the East's best team. Heading into tonight's game I imagine most people would have been more than happy with that, myself included.
Ottawa played a hard, safe road game, the type of performance that has earned them the pesky Sens moniker this season. They pressed the Bruins and kept them on their toes for 60+ mins, bringing their unbeaten streak to 6 games now, which given the current lineup is spectacular.
Stop me if you've heard this before, but goaltending was the story once again, with our 3rd string goalie, Robin Lehner, making 44 saves, equal to the 44 Bishop made last game. Those type of performances coupled with some timely scoring has the Sens flying without all the marquee names.
The Sens weren't dominated by any means, even though they were outshot 46-32, they took it to the B's for portions of the game and had several chances to win the game, including two in OT, when Wiercioch missed sliding it in the back of the net by an inch and Turris missed a point blank chance after a beauty pass from Zibanejad. Eventually Patrice Bergeron tipped a shot that trickled over the line that won it. It was bad way to lose a game, but the effort was great.
All in all I couldn't have asked for a better effort or performance from an undermanned team playing an elite one on the road. It's a great way to start a long road trip that doesn't seem them home until March 11th against the very same Boston Bruins. It was a point gained, not a point lost. The Sens are now 12-6-3 on the season. Off to Philly for a nooner on Saturday.
Thoughts from the game:
- Peter Regin played well for again. He's really showing he wants it lately. He moved up to the first line later in the game taking Turris' spot.
- Speaking of Turris, he was demoted to line 2, which is his natural spot and he missed a couple big chances in the game. He has gone scoreless in 17 games now. Not good.
- Did you say scoreless streak? Zack Smith is now at 102 periods without a goal or 34 games.
- Daugavins sure had an ugly breakaway attempt but what an effort to stay with the play and put the puck back in front of the net for Jim O'Brien to pop in.
- Oh ya, by the way O'Brien now has 5 goals, the most of any forward on the Sens.
- I barely noticed Methot tonight, which is a great compliment.
- Loved the overall toughness of the team. Didn't back down from the big Bruins.
- Heard Eric Gryba, who played college puck in Boston had a cheering section for him.
- Chris Neil had a few shaky plays to end the game. Don't know what he was thinking but it didn't end up costing us at least.
- The PK continues to look good, killing off each B's opportunity.
With 44 saves and a .957 save %, Robin Lehner wins the night
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