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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Game 70: Bruins lose to Senators 4-1, are 36-26-8

Normally I would be ranting about how the moronic refs screwed us. There is no doubt that a terrible call led to a Bruins goal being annulled. Glen Murray scored a goal, and because the game was in Ottawa, the Bruins were not awarded a point on the scoreboard. That being said, the Bruins still played pretty poorly. an 0-5 power play, complemented by poor penalty killing, is what really gave Ottawa the win.

Martin Gerber and Alex Auld kept the game tied at zero in the first period. Things changed in the second period. Dany Heatley scored first early in the period. Five minutes later with Wideman in the penalty box, Dany Heatley scored his second goal of the game and gave the Senators a 2-0 lead. A little later with Jason Spezza in the penalty boxx due to a bench mistake, Glen Murray got the puck by Gerber. The reason he got the puck by Gerber is because Marco Sturm kind of got him out of the way. No whistle was blown. The ref, however, waved off the goal that would have brought the Bruins within one because he claimed to have meant to blown the whistle. Not only is that a ridiculous call to make (one obviously influenced by the booing crowd in Ottawa), but it was the wrong call. After NESN showed the replay, it was clear that Sturm was pushed into Gerber by a Senator. The goal should have counted. Momentum probably would have shifted. Instead the Bruins were still in a hole. Later in the period with Andrew Ference in the box, Jason Spezza scored to give Ottawa a 3 goal lead.

The Bruins were not quiet in the third, but they knew they weren't going to score 3 goals and it was easy to see the Bruins were not going balls to the wall. Near the end of the game, Wideman threw the puck into the net, but it was too little too late. Dany Heatley got an empty net goal to secure his hat-trick and the Senators won 4-1.


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