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
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.