Bruins hand Sens another home loss
Kaberle suits up for Boston
BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
|Boston Bruins players celebrate their third period goal against the Ottawa Senators. (Tony Caldwell/QMI AGENCY)
The Senators achieved a not-so-perfect 10 Friday night.
Icing a team full of callups from Binghamton to fill out a trade-depleted lineup, the Senators dropped their 10th straight game at home in a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Place.
Reeling after a week that has seen GM Bryan Murray send four veterans packing in deals for mostly draft picks, the Senators had a good effort, but the result was the same -- another tough home loss.
Brad Marchand scored twice for Boston, while Dennis Seidenberg and Nathan Horton also chipped in for the division-leading Bruins, who beefed up for their playoff run earlier in the day by trading for former Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle.
Only Bobby Butler and Alexei Kovalev were able to beat Boston goalie Tuukka Rask for the Senators, who failed to get to their first win at home since Dec. 26.
You can't fault the Senators' work ethic considering they iced a patchwork lineup, but Rask was solid with 32 stops.
The Bruins scored three in the third period to put the game away, including a goal by Nathan Horton midway through the period that gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead on a play that appeared to be offside.
Senators coach Cory Clouston was frustrated that the play was not blown dead before Horton scored.
"We did a lot of good things and it was an even game until they scored a goal that was clearly offside," said Clouston. "It's very frustrating. The goal that changed all the momentum was clearly offside.
"We have no margin of error. We're a team that's going through a big transition. Our guys played hard and our guys played well. To see a game decided like that is very frustrating."
With winger Jarkko Ruutu, who was dealt to Anaheim, the latest to pack his bags Thursday, and Chris Kelly now with Boston -- he played his first game in a Bruins uniform in front of familiar fans -- the Senators had a thrown-together group trying to keep the score respectable with rookie Robin Lehner in net.
"I thought we played well," said Lehner.
"It was a little bit like the whole season: As soon as a mistake happened, they really bear down on it. They had some really nice goals. Sometimes you've just got to say it was a good shot."
Lehner's new goaltending partner, Craig Anderson, arrived at the arena just before faceoff.
After being acquired earlier in the day from Colorado in a trade for Brian Elliott, Anderson got one of the loudest ovations of the night when he was shown on the scoreboard arriving on the bench with 3:55 left in the first.
Anderson said he was excited to join the rebuilding Senators.
"I was very surprised," he said. "For me, it's a chance to start fresh. I can come here and show the Senators what I can do."
Anderson, a pending UFA in July, is now auditioning for a long-term role in Ottawa.
"I've got a job to do," he said. "That's stop the puck. It's very simple. I have to control what I can control and I can't control what goes on off the ice. I just have to worry about stopping the puck and being there for the guys. Everything else will take care of itself."
The 29-year-old is expected to make his first start against the Maple Leafs Saturday in Toronto.