It was a chippy, stingy win over the Ottawa Senators last night at the TD Garden. Nonetheless, it was a good win. The Boston Bruins continued to dominate as they faced a struggling Senators team on home ice. With the win, the team has now extended their streak to five games, and point streak to nine.
Despite the somewhat sluggish second period, Boston had a strong third. As both teams were even with two goals each, the Bruins would take control as Danton Heinen netted his third goal of the season. After a forecheck from Jake DeBrusk, Heinen picked the puck, walking right into the Senators net to bury the shot past Craig Anderson. Both Heinen and DeBrusk added points for this season; DeBrusk now has four points in the last six games, while Heino has five goals in the last six games.
The first line came up big once again when David Pastrnak got the Bruins on board on a power-play. He also added points to assists on the Bergeron and Marchand goals, extending his point streak to 11 games. Marchand also extended his assist point streak to 11 games. Patrice Bergeron added an assist to the Marchand goal in the third period. He is now in great company as he picked up his 500th career assist. He joins Ray Bourque, Johnny Bucyk, Wayne Cashman, Phil Esposito, and Bobby Orr.
INJURY IN THE FIRST
In what was a scary situation during the first period, Senators forward Scott Sabourin fell hard to the ice after a collision with Bruins forward David Backes. The play was stopped for about 10 minutes as Sabourin lay motionless on the ice. A visibly shaken Backes signaled for urgent medical assistance for the 27-year-old.
Sabourin left the arena on a stretcher and was transported to a local hospital. Both benches cleared, with every player lining up to give well wishes to Sabourin. The Senators winger was conscience and it was reported he was moving his extremities.
Backes remained on the ice until Sabourin left, and did not return to the game. The Bruins stated that Backes has an upper-body injury. Coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned that he was “doing a little better,” but he remains doubtful for the next two games. The Bruins are currently down a few players: Joakim Nordstrom, Par Lindholm, Karson Kuhlman, and Brett Ritchie.
WEEK AHEAD November 4th-8th
With many players out for the count, the team may look to Providence for some emergency help as they welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night at the TD Garden. There may be a possibility that Brett Ritchie may play as he was seen skating Sunday morning alongside Kevan Miller and John Moore. If Ritchie is ready to skate, he may be slotted alongside Charlie Coyle.
Expect Jaroslav Halak in net against the Penguins. The 34-year-old goaltender has a 3-1 record with a .919 save percentage. Goaltender Tuukka Rask is riding high as he improves his record to 7-0-1 with a .949 save percentage. He is the fourth goalie in Bruins history to have record season-opening point streak of eight-plus game.
The Pittsburgh Penguins (8-5) are coming off a 1-2 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Pittsburgh forward Patric Hornqvist was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. Captain Sidney Crosby leads the team in points (17) and assists (12). Center Jake Guentzel leads the team with seven goals.
Bruins forward David Pastrnak leads the league and team in points (27) and goals (13). Brad Marchand leads the team in assists (15). Boston will be looking to extend their win streak to six and are currently first in their division with a 10-1 record. Pittsburgh currently sits in fourth in the Metro Division.
WHEN TO WATCH: Monday, November 4th, with puck drop at 7:00 PM
AN OLD FOE
On Tuesday, the Bruins travel to Montreal, Quebec as they face an old rival at the Bell Centre. Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi has been placed on injured reserve due to a groin injury. Montreal has recalled forward Ryan Poehling, who plays for the AHL’s Laval Rocket.
Montreal is coming off a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars. Goaltender Carey Price made 36 saves with forward Artturi Lehkonen netting the lone goal of the night. The Canadiens are 10-48 on the power-play. Price is 6-4 with a .915 save percentage. Both Brenden Gallagher and Jonathan Drouin lead the team in goals (7), assists (5) and points (12). Expect Tuukka Rask in net for the Bruins.
WHEN TO WATCH: Tuesday, November 5th, with puck drop at 7:30 PM
MOTOR CITY MADNESS
On Friday, Boston will travel to Detroit as they face the Red Wings who are 4-10-1. Detroit has been lackluster as of late as they dropped their last few games. They were recently blanked by the surging Florida Panthers 4-0 and are 1-9-1 in the last 11 games. Winger Anthony Mantha leads the team in goals (9) and points (14). Tyler Bertuzzi leads the team with eight assists. Projected goalie in net for Boston: Jaroslav Halak
WHEN TO WATCH: Friday, November 8th, with puck drop at 7:30 PM
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