It took just over five minutes for Boston to get on the board with a blast from Kevan Miller who snuck in from the right point, beating Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson over the left shoulder.
It took Boston only 1:25 into the second period to extend the lead to three when Riley Nash skated in on a breakaway, fighting off back pressure from Karlsson, to beat Anderson with a quick shot low glove side.
Ottawa applied much of the same pressure from the second period into the third, attempting quality chances with no results on the scoreboard.
The period would continue scoreless until David Backes collected a Matt Grzelcyk indirect shot from the point off the end boards. He would slide the puck under Anderson to extend the Bruins’ lead to four with 1:20 left in the game.
Ottawa outshot Boston 9-7 in the third period and 26-23 overall in the game. The Senators won 54.9% of faceoffs.
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The Bruins played a strong first period, putting up two goals from Kevan Miller and Danton Heinen, before adding a third goal from Riley Nash early in the second. After the Nash goal it was as if Ottawa finally woke up and began to play intense hockey. They put sustained pressure on Boston in their end of the ice and it eventually paid off with a goal from Thomas Chabot. After the Chabot goal the Senators continued to apply pressure, and the Bruins were fortunate to get another goal by Riley Nash to stem the flow of Ottawa offense.
The third period continued with a similar theme as the Senators carried over their strong play from the second frame to the final 20 minutes of the game. At times Boston seemed to be caught off guard by the surge from Ottawa, after facing relatively little resistance in first period.
The Bruins did an impressive job of essentially eliminating the Senators’ chances in front of the net, and also gave up hardly any odd-man opportunities. Ottawa was forced to take shots from the outside that Tuukka Rask handled easily.
When asked about the line of Heinen - Nash - Backes that combined for seven points on the night, head coach Bruce Cassidy stated in a post-game interview, "We wanted to have a shutdown line that could also score." He went on to say, "I believe that if you are going to play against good players every night you have to have that threat of scoring a goal back the other way otherwise they won't respect you and they'll trade chances."
The team travels to Washington D.C. to face off against the Capitals on the second night of back-to-back games. Watch to see if the B’s can put together another complete performance against a high-powered Capitals team that beat them only two weeks ago.