Boston's Ryan Spooner had a terrific game for the B's and Tuukka Rask earned his 40th shutout of his NHL career to propel the Bruins back into second place in the Atlantic Divison.
Out of the gate, the Bruins seemed to be asleep. The Senators were getting plenty of chances and the B’s were letting it happen. After the first five or so minutes, the Bruins seemed to pick up play a bit and that is when Ottawa’s Derick Brassard was called for slashing Boston’s Jake DeBrusk with 13:01 remaining in the period. The Bruins power play started off slow. The Senators kept clearing the puck which caused the Bruins to try to keep re-gaining entry into the zone. David Krejci’s return has already made an impact to this lineup. Krejci shot the puck on goal and forced Mike Condon to make a save which he rebounded right to Ryan Spooner who put it into the back of the net to make it 1-0 Bruins on the power play. That Derick Brassard penalty was a bogus call, but the B’s capitalized on the power play opportunity.
Ryan Spooner(2)- Assisted by David Krejci(10) and David Backes(7).
The Bruins were ready for the second period. Noel Acciari scored his fourth of the season 3:29 into the period when he backhanded it by Mike Condon to put the B’s up 2-0.
Second Period Scoring Summary:
Noel Acciari(4)- Assisted by Torey Krug(15) and Tim Schaller(5).
Ryan Spooner(3)- Unassisted
David Krejci(6)- Assisted by Charlie McAvoy(15) and David Backes(8)
Continuing their terrific play, Boston continued to put on a show. Patrice Bergeron scored his eleventh of the season on the power play to put the Bruins up 5-0.
Third Period Scoring Summary:
Patrice Bergeron(11)- Assisted by Torey Krug(16) and David Pastrnak(19)
Post Game Analysis:
The Bruins have outscored the Ottawa Senators 10-1 this season in two games against their Atlantic Division rival. Ryan Spooner has had five career two-goal games, three of those two-goal games have come against the Ottawa Senators. The B's dominated in all ends of the ice against the Senators and embarrassed a team who is cellar dwelling in the standings right now.
David Krejci is essential to this Bruins lineup. Krejci recorded both a goal and an assist in the win over the Sens which furthermore proved that the B's need this guy to remain healthy. If Krejci can remain healthy this team will have no problem playing against the leagues best.
The Bruins ended 2017 with a bang as their December record was 10-2-2. In the month of December, the B's scored about 3.6 goals per game and only allowed 1.9 goals per game. The power play was at 25% and the penalty kill was a spectacular 85.4%.
My Three Stars of The Game:
First Star: Ryan Spooner, 2 G
Second Star: David Krejci, 1 G 1 A
Third Star: Torey Krug, 2 A
2017 was a year full of ups and downs for the Boston Bruins, 2018 is bound to be a year full of upside for this team who remains hot right now. Happy New Year Boston!
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