Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bruins pounce on Senators’ miscues

OTTAWA—The Ottawa Senators learned the hard way you can’t make mistakes against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille scored breakaway goals 56 seconds apart in the third period off Ottawa miscues, and Tim Thomas made 47 saves, as the Boston Bruins beat the Senators 5-2 last night.

“Two fatal mistakes, turnovers, not executing with the puck [and it] ends up with two breakaways for them and ends up being the difference in the game,” said Senators’ head coach Paul MacLean.
“It’s happening continually and we have to continue to work at having it stop,” he stressed.
Paille also scored with just over a minute to play while Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly had the other goals for Boston (20-9-1).
Andrew Ference added two assists.
Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist for Ottawa (14-14-4). Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots in defeat.
On most nights, 49 shots would be enough to come out with a victory, but Thomas plays some of his best hockey against the Senators.
He improved to 21-8-2 in his career against Ottawa.
“[Thomas] made some unbelievable saves, had a great game, and probably won the game for them,” Alfredsson said.
“I would have to watch the tape to really say what we should do more [to beat him].”
Chances to score aside, Ottawa’s young defence has struggled with turnovers and missed assignments during a 2-4-2 skid and it was no different against the Bruins.
Bergeron took advantage of a turnover at the Ottawa blueline between Alfredsson and Senators’ defenceman Erik Karlsson to put the Bruins up 3-1 at 4:54 of the third.
Alfredsson tried to feed a puck back to Karlsson, but the pass went into his skates and right to Bergeron, who deked Anderson.
Paille then took a pass after the Ottawa defence made a bad decision at the Boston blueline and beat Anderson between the pads at 5:50 to make it 4-1.
Spezza wired a shot from the face-off circle past Thomas at 15:55 to bring Ottawa back within two, but Paille ripped a slapshot past Anderson at 18:56.
Minus NHL-leading goal scorer Milan Michalek, who is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion in Buffalo on Tuesday, Ottawa came out on fire in the first period—outskating and outshooting the defending champs.
But Thomas held the fort long enough so that Peverley could give Boston a 1-0 lead.
“That was a case of [Thomas] holding us in there in the first period,” Kelly said.
“Then our legs got under us and we got going a bit.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, Chicago nipped Minnesota 4-3 (SO) and Anaheim beat Phoenix 4-1.

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