Usually I would be upset at a loss like this one, but for some reason I'm not. The Bruins gave up three power play goals and they were all from dumb penalties, yet I'm not too disappointed. The Bruins last night showed that they can play, and almost beat, the best team the Eastern Conference has to offer. The Bruins get their rematch tonight at the Garden.
To start the game, Shawn Thornton and Brian McGratten got into an unprovoked fight. McGratten beat up Thronton, it was hard to watch. Two minutes later, with Axelsson in the penalty box, Mike Fisher put the Senators up 1-0. He managed to get in behind the Bruins defense and jab at a puck until it went in. It was a play that evolved out of the new NHL rules.
Under two minutes into the second period, Chara dumped the puck into Ottawa's zone, and then decided to go retrieve it behind the net. He got it and then passed it to Chuck Kobasew, who tipped in the puck to tie the game. Three minutes later, Alberts made a nice pass to Sturm, who wins a battle in front of the net and shoots the puck. The bouncing rebound was knocked in by Chuck Kobasew for his second goal of the game. A little later in the period, however, Wade Redden found Dany Heatley on the power play setting up a great one-timer. The puck went in and the game was tied at the end of the second.
Tim Thomas carried the Bruins through the third period, until Mike Fisher's power play goal gave the Ottawa the 3-2 lead. 13:49 into the period, Fisher stationed in front of the net shoved in the puck, his second goal and the team's third on the power play. Ottawa maintained the 3-2 lead, but at the very end Andrej Mezsaros took a swipe at Marc savard with his stick. Dennis Wideman was to have none of that and got in Mezsaros's face and the two teams started pushing and shoving. A great way to end the game, the itensity should be high tonight.