B's sting Senators
BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
|Bruins forward Shawn Thornton fights with Senators forward Chris Neil at TD Garden in Boston, Mass., Jan. 31, 2012. (JESSICA RINALDI/Reuters)
BOSTON - For a brief moment Tuesday night, Craig Anderson forgot the all-star break was over.
The Senators goalie tied a career-high with his 15th straight start Tuesday against the Bruins and the result was he may have given up one of the ugliest goals in his career in a 4-3 loss at the TD Garden.
Dennis Seidenberg scored the winner by beating Anderson with a 90-foot slap shot from centre ice that skipped and bounced off the goalie’s stick, as Ottawa suffered its fourth straight loss.
“It took a one-bouncer, then it hit my stick and went in,” said a disappointed Anderson, who allowed four goals on 30 shots. “I gotta make the save, but at the same time it took a crazy bounce.”
That capped a comeback for the Bruins after goals by Kyle Turris, Erik Karlsson and Colin Greening gave Ottawa a 3-1 lead. The Senators weren’t going to blame Anderson because he’s saved them many nights this season.
“It skipped and it turned, and it twisted. We can’t point any fingers about that,” said coach Paul MacLean. “Every once in a blue moon that’s going to happen.”
Though the Senators were pleased with their performance for the most part, they weren’t happy with officials Rob Martell and Dan O’Rourke, who gave the Bruins four power plays to the Senators’ none.
MacLean bit his tongue while discussing the referees.
“Obviously, we’re not doing enough,” said MacLean, whose team closed out a difficult January with an 8-5-1 record. “We’ve got to play harder to get more respect. That’s all there is to it. We have to play harder so things get called. I don’t know what else to say. We certainly didn’t expect it would be (4-0) in power plays in the game, either.”
The reality is the Senators just couldn’t handle what the Bruins threw at them. Karlsson’s eighth of the season made it 3-1 at 13:28 of the second and Turris, who had a strong night, scored to make it 2-1 at 7:43.
The tide turned when Milan Lucic scored at 19:15 of the second to pull his club within a goal. The Bruins, on the strength of goals by Brad Marchand and Seidenberg, took the lead in a span of 7:54.
“I thought we played hard. They played maybe a little bit harder for 60 minutes,” said Karlsson, who beat Thomas by using Chris Neil as a decoy on a 2-on-1. “We could have won this game. We didn’t play a full 60 minutes.
“That (late goal) didn’t help us. It’s a pretty tough one to give up. We’ve just got to learn from it. Hopefully, the next time we’re in the same situation we’re not going to do the same things we did at the end of the second.”
The Senators were trying to take solace in the fact they went toe-to-toe with the defending Stanley Cup champions and were able to score three 5-on-5 goals on Thomas, who made 30 saves.
“We’ve got to be happy overall. They scored two power-play goals,” said captain Daniel Alfredsson. “I thought 5-on-5, we were the better team and it’s frustrating to lose this one. I don’t know how we don’t win it. (When we were ahead 3-1), we just couldn’t get that next goal really separating us from them.”