BOSTON — The Senators and Bruins kept officials at the NHL’s head office in Toronto busy Saturday.
But the final decisions didn’t come without any complaints.
While the Senators weren’t arguing a high-stick call on Mike Fisher that resulted in a goal being waved off with 1:05 left in the second period of the club’s 2-1 victory over the Bruins, Boston veteran winger Mark Recchi wasn’t happy he was accused of kicking a puck in.
Recchi’s goal would have given the Bruins a 2-1 lead with 7:49 left in the second period when an attempted pass by Daniel Paille deflected off his skate by Brian Elliott, but after going to Toronto for review it was ruled that Recchi had made a “distinct kicking motion.”
That left Recchi a little hot under the collar.
“It should have been a goal. Both refs (Kelly Sutherland and Marc Joanette) said it should have been a goal. (Paille) throws it hard and I don’t have time to kick the puck. I’m going to the net and stopping,” said Recchi, who suited up for the 1,540th game of his NHL career.
“There’s obviously not a lot of common sense. The guy in Toronto made the call. I thought it was a poor call. They had no idea. They’re not there for the feel of the game and the refs made the right call. I think they made the wrong call. My foot doesn’t move. Anyone with common sense knows I can’t kick that.”
Elliott didn’t think there was any argument.
“(Recchi) kicked it in,” said Elliott. “There were a couple of close calls. We had one as well (with Fisher when his stick was above the crossbar) that wasn’t as obvious as (the league) made it seem.”
The Senators were without D Anton Volchenkov, who missed the game with an upper-body injury he suffered Thursday in Ottawa’s 3-2 victory over the Blues. That meant D Alex Picard, who had been healthy scratch for three games, was back in the lineup. Volchenkov, who was on the ice for practice Friday, is listed as day-to-day. “Just when you think you’ve got everybody back healthy you lose someone like Volchenkov,” said Senators coach Cory Clouston. “Hopefully, it’s short-term.” ... Alex Kovalev’s second-period assist extended L’Artiste’s point streak to six games (one goal, six assists).
Off the glass
Boston coach Claude Julien, whose club is 1-8-1 in its last 10 games, was livid following the loss and didn’t like being asked about the Bruins’ lack of leadership. “I’m not getting into that... Let’s not pick on the leadership here. Our team struggled. That’s everybody. And I’m not getting into pointing fingers,” said Julien. “Because right now, as I mentioned, there’s enough going on with our team that you don’t start picking on individuals. We have to play better as a team. That’s what has to happen here. It’s not happening, so I think we have to play with a little bit more emotion, a little bit better attitude, a little bit more determination, and get yourself a win, which would do us a lot of good right now.”
So, have the Senators finally solved the Tim Thomas hex? After losing 11 straight to the Boston netminder dating back to November 2007, the Senators scored their second win of the week against him with two goals on 23 shots. “I don’t know if it’s just Thomas, it’s Boston in general as well,” said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. “The last two games, we’ve just come out and played relaxed and tried not to put too much pressure on ourselves. I don’t know if we’ve solved (Thomas), but if we’re not talking about him before the game that’s a good thing.” The Senators finished the season series with a 2-2-2 record vs. Boston and won’t see the Bruins again unless they meet in the playoffs.
ThiS ’N’ THAT
With D Anton Volchenkov out of the lineup, D Erik Karlsson found himself in the No. 1 pairing with Chris Phillips. Filip Kuba was with Chris Campoli, while Alex Picard and Matt Carkner played together ... Somebody was talking trade Saturday in Boston. There were scouts from the Lightning, Stars, Blue Jackets and Red Wings in the building.
THE LAST WORD
Karlsson has looked better and better lately. He hit the post in the third period Saturday or he would have had his second goal of the season. “I thought I could have had two,” said Karlsson.