Bergeron’s Two Goals Lift Bruins Over Senators: Fan Reaction

The defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins extended their Northeast Division lead to five points with three games in hand as they defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-3 on February 25. Patrice Bergeron scored twice and added an assist as the Bruins finished their six-game road trip 3-2-1 and improved to 37-20-3 overall.

Erik Karlsson struck early and gave the Senators the 1-0 lead just 1:10 into the game with his 14th goal of the season. Bergeron quickly responded, putting in a rebound off a Zdeno Chara shot for his 18th of the year at 3:46. Tim Thomas kept the score even with a big glove save on a Colin Greening breakaway. Brad Marchand beat Alex Auld glove-side in transition to put the Bruins ahead at 16:13 with his team-leading 22nd goal. Boston outshot Ottawa 13 to nine and Thomas made some big saves to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

At 3:57 of the second period, Carter Camper gained the zone for his line and backhanded his first NHL goal three games into his career to push the Bruins' advantage to 3-1. The Senators turned the puck over with great frequency and the Bruins capitalized with a ton of attacking zone time. Ottawa gained some rhythm on a late second period power play, but came up empty on the man advantage. The Bruins held a 3-1 lead through two periods with a nearly two-to-one advantage in shots on goal.

Two Bruins' defensemen had their bells rung in the third period. Five minutes into the period, Kyle Turris left his feet on a hit to the head of Joe Corvo and earned a boarding penalty and likely a word with Brendan Shanahan. David Krejci made it 4-1 Bruins with a power play goal at 10:24, his 13th of the season. Johnny Boychuk got floored by Chris Neil early in the period and Chara responded in the last seven minutes with a lively bout. Daniel Alfredsson scored on a cross-ice feed from Jason Spezza to cut the Bruins' lead to two with less than four minutes to play. Then at 17:52, on a near mirror image of the previous goal, Alfredsson scored his 22nd to cut the Bruins' lead to 4-3. Bergeron derailed Ottawa's comeback aspirations as he hit the empty net with 19 seconds left for his 19th goal.

The Bruins rebounded nicely from their tough loss in Buffalo with a great night offensively, particularly by the Bergeron line. Boston's best line created three of the five goals tonight and five of the team's last ten overall.

The Bruins return home to face these Senators again on Tuesday, February 28. Having just snapped the Senators' six-game point streak, the Bruins can make their path to a division title much easier with a win as Ottawa now has just 19 games left with a five-point deficit compared to Boston's 22 remaining games.

Sources:

Boston at Ottawa, Saturday, February 25, 2012, NHL—Yahoo! Sports

Stats, NHL.com

William Menna is a native New Englander and longtime Boston sports fan.

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Updated Saturday, Feb 25, 2012