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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Game 14: Bruins beat Senators 4-3, are 5-7-2

They're all one goal wins and they're all as sweet as ten goal wins. That's my take on it.

I feel kind of bad that Ottawa didn't get a point out of this game. The game was dead even.
Bruins had four goals. Senators had three.
Bruins went 1-6 on the powerplay. Senators went 1-7.
Bruins won 34 faceoffs. Senators won 34 faceoffs.
Bruins had 29 shots. Senators had 28 shots. And there are many more.

The first period was scoreless. Both goalies came up with big saves, and both offenses really couldn't get anything done.

In the second period, Glen Murray opened the game up with a goal 30 seconds into the period. Chara and Axelsson were credited with assists. Three minutes later Ottawa responded with a goal themselves, tying up the game.

Ten minutes later the fourth line came up big. Yan Stastny came up with the puck right next to the net off of a Mark Mowers pass. Stastny looked up and saw a wide open Petr Tenkrat banging his stick against the ice. Stastny passed to Tenkrat who zipped a wrist shot right into the net, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead. A few minutes later the Bruins got a pretty lucky goal when Glen murray put a wrist shot through the legs of the Senators goalie. (Let me tell you, if Tim Thomas had let Glen Murray's goal in I would be ranting about how Thomas should be in Providence.) With about a minute left the Senators got one past Thomas and the period ended with the Bruins up 3-2.

The third period was pretty even. A minute and a half into the period the Senators tied up the game. Hard knock hockey ensued for the next ten minutes until Brad Stuart, from the blue line, scorched a slap shot right past the goalie and into the net. The scorekeeper said that Patrice bergeron redirected it into the goal, but I didn't see him touch the puck. (Honestly, I barely saw the puck.)

So the Bruins won their fifth game 4-3. I'm happy. maybe next game (Wednesday at 7 in Washington) we can win by two goals.

Some last minute notes. Brad Stuart couldn't skate this morning and was apparently 50-50. With that being said he played over twenty minutes finishing with a +1. Zdeno Chara also led the team in minutes for the 14th time this season (There has been only 14 games this season, thus Chara has lead in minutes played every game. He really deserves the C on his jersey.)


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