May 25, 2018
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Krejci’s shootout goal lifts Bruins by Senators

By Don Brennan, The Sports Xchange

OTTAWA — The Boston Bruins continued their dominance in Canada’s capital.

David Krejci’s shootout goal gave the Bruins a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at Scotiabank Place.

The Senators have now lost 10 straight to the Bruins on home ice. The last time Ottawa beat Boston at Scotiabank Place was April 7, 2009.

Patrice Bergeron also beat Senators goalie Robin Lehner in the four-round shootout. Kyle Turris scored on Tuukka Rask for the only Senators shootout goal.

The Bruins outshot the Senators 32-29 through three periods. Neither goalie had to be spectacular in the extra session, each making three saves.

The Bruins fell behind 2-0 but began to claw back in the last minute of the first period when enforcer Shawn Thornton took what looked to be a harmless wrist shot at the Ottawa net from the right-wing boards. The puck managed to slip through Lehner for Thornton’s second goal of the season.

Boston tied the game near the midway mark of the second when Krejci sent Daniel Paille in for a clear breakaway. Paille’s snap shot beat Lehner on the stick side.

In the first minute of his first game back after missing 18 with what was diagnosed as migraines, Guillaume Latendresse broke in alone on Rask and deked the goalie to the ice before flipping the puck into the net. It was Latendresse’s first goal since Dec. 11, 2011, when he was with the Minnesota Wild.

Less than seven minutes later, Turris also broke out of a lengthy slump, cutting through the slot and beating Rask with a wrist shot high to the glove side for his first goal in 22 games. It was his fifth goal of the season.

NOTES: The Bruins lost center Chris Kelly because a left knee injury that resulted when he collided with Chris Neil in the first minute of the second period. Entering the night, the Bruins had lost just seven man-games to injury … Senators left winger Milan Michalek missed the game with what’s believed to be a knee problem that kept him out of lineup for 10 games, from Feb. 13-March 3 … Entering the game, the Senators had the best home record (9-1-2) in the East, while the Bruins had the best road record (8-1-2) … Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, the Bruins are 26-0 when Kelly scores a goal. “I don’t know why,” said the third-line center, who has two goals on the season. “They just need me to score more.” … The Senators have taken a minor penalty for “instigating with a visor” in two consecutive games.

Preview: Bruins at Penguins — Sidney Crosby certainly isn’t lacking for accolades, but the NHL bestowed yet another one on him nonetheless. Fresh off being named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain will look to guide his team to its sixth straight victory when it hosts the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. Riding an eight-game point streak (five goals, 15 assists), Crosby highlighted the surge by matching a career high with five helpers in the Penguins’ 6-1 triumph over the New York Islanders on Sunday.

Boston is surging in its own right after overcoming an early two-goal deficit to record a 3-2 shootout victory over Northeast Division rival Ottawa on Monday. David Krejci scored the decisive tally in the fourth round of the bonus format and added an assist to extend his point streak to five contests while playing in his 400th career NHL game. Boston improved to 9-1-1 in its last 11 contests while setting a franchise-best 12-game road record to start a season (9-1-2).

ABOUT THE BRUINS (17-3-3): Center Chris Kelly suffered an injury to his left leg after colliding with Ottawa’s Chris Neil in the second period. He did not return to the contest and will be re-evaluated prior to Tuesday’s tilt. Boston killed off both of Ottawa’s power plays to improve upon its top-ranked penalty kill. The Bruins have thwarted 82-of-91 opportunities (92.3 percent), but the Penguins recorded a power-play goal in 15 of their last 18 games. Tuukka Rask turned aside 30 shots Monday, but may give way to Anton Khudobin (4-1-0, 2.41 goals-against average).

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (18-8-0): Evgeni Malkin is expected to be sidelined 1-to-2 weeks with an upper-body injury. The reigning Hart Trophy winner and two-time Art Ross Trophy recipient was blasted by Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk during the late stages of the third period Saturday. Malkin sat out Sunday’s contest with the ailment, which coach Dan Bylsma maintained is not a concussion. A concussion was to blame earlier in the season, however, as Malkin missed four games following an incident against Florida on Feb. 22. The Penguins have won three of five contests without Malkin in 2013.


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