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For whatever reason, the Boston Bruins always seem to have an answer for the Ottawa Senators when they play in the Canadian capital.
Even in a game where play was relatively 50-50, Boston found a way to emerge on top: this time courtesy a Dennis Seidenberg go-ahead goal with just sixty-four seconds remaining on the clock.
Seidenberg's goal would prove the difference, and for the eleventh-consecutive time, the Boston Bruins left Scotiabank Place as victors -- a franchise record.
The gut-punch of a loss for Ottawa was an obvious lowlight, but more bad news may be on the way. Sergei Gonchar was injured in the third-period and did not return to the game -- he's been a key contributor on the back-end, especially of late, and the team can't afford to lose him already down Erik Karlsson, Marc Methot, and Jared Cowen.
No word on whether or not the injury is serious, but the team is expected to provide an update shortly.
As for the game itself, it was a pretty solid effort right down the line from the home team for sixty minutes. That's what makes the loss particularly more painful. At evens, Ottawa and Boston traded shot for shot, with only Kaspars Daugavins and Daniel Paille finding the back of the net.
The game-winning goal's probably going to be analyzed and over-analyzed; Zack Smith lost a defensive-zone draw clean, Boston cycled it up quickly, and Seidenberg sent a shot through traffic. Robin Lehner threw a fit, frustrated with his inability to fight through the traffic and push the puck aside.
It's a tough loss for Ottawa. Still, they've still created some ample distance between them and the chasing playoff pack, and have a chance to right the ship against an awful Tampa Bay team on Saturday.
Back with more as it comes..
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