Twas' a perfect a night to fight for Matt Kassian

Ottawa Senators Matt Kassian battles with Boston Bruins Dennis Seidenberg during NHL hockey action...

Ottawa Senators Matt Kassian battles with Boston Bruins Dennis Seidenberg during NHL hockey action at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Thursday March 21,2013. Errol McGihon/The Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:05 PM ET

The improving Senators power play was looking forward to being tested against the league's top penalty killers Thursday at Scotiabank Place.

But neither referee called a penalty until the streaking Sergei Gonchar was accused of taking down Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara 31 minutes and two seconds into what was supposed to be a hard-fought and nasty divisional game.

The Senators, meanwhile, entered the evening having scored on five of their last 13 man-advantage chances, and it's no fluke that the "PPs" reversal of form coincides with Guillaume Latendresse's return to the lineup six games ago.


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