The Boston Bruins won their final game of a six game road trip, defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-3. The score was closer than the game really was, as the Senators scored two goals with less than four minutes left. Here are my five observations.
Number Five- Carter Camper
With the injuries to Rich Peverley and Nathan Horton, Carter Camper has found an opportunity with the Boston Bruins. Playing on the third line with Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron, he scored his first career NHL goal tonight, which turned out to be the one that was the difference in the game.
Number Four- Second Line
The second line continues to be the Bruins most consistent line. Patrice Bergeron, who is the most consistent player on this team, had two goals and nine shots, including the empty net goal to seal the game. Tyler Seguin always seems to do the right thing with the puck, and Brad Marchand scored tonight as well. This line has stepped up with some of the injuries.
Number Three- Johnny Boychuk
The thing you think about in this game with Johnny Boychuk is the hit he took from Chris Neil. What won’t be remembered is how well be played before he had to leave the ice. Boychuk has stepped up this season, and has been one of the most solid defensemen on the team.
Number Two- Hits
There were two big hits in this game that changed the game. Chris Neil hit Johnny Boychuk with a shoulder, which was probably a clean hit, but Boychuk missed the rest of the game. Kyle Turris had a questionable hit on Joe Corvo later on in the game, and there could be some fall out from it.
Number One- Late Game
This is a game that the Bruins could have let slip through, but they found a way to hold on. After Zdeno Chara was drawn off the ice from a fight, the Senators scored two quick goals to make it a one goal game with two minutes left. After the Sens pulled their goalie, the Bruins scored an empty netter to seal it.
The Bruins are back in action Tuesday night against Ottawa… again.