The Boston Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a shootout Monday night for their third straight win. David Krejci scored the winner in the shootout as the Bruins improved to 17-3-3 on the season.
Ottawa took an early 2-0 lead after goals from Guillaume Latendresse and Kyle Turris within the first seven minutes of the contest. Notorious tough guy Shawn Thornton scored in the last minute of the first period to bring the Bruins within one.
Daniel Paille scored nearly nine minutes into the second to tie the game at two. Tuukka Rask and Robin Lehner took over from there. The two goaltenders were stellar in the third period and short overtime frame.
Rookie Dougie Hamilton has been everything the Bruins could ask for and more this season. Hamilton was the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft and played a little less than 20 minutes against the Senators Monday.
The Bruins defense has been great all year long, and Tuukka Rask has been one of the best netminders in the NHL. Rask stopped 30-of-32 shots against the Senators, and sports a 1.96 goals against average on the season.
Kyle Turris scored in the second round of the shootout for the Senators, but was quickly followed up with the tying goal by Patrice Bergeron. The next two shooters missed, giving way to Kaspars Daugavins of the Senators and David Krejci of the Bruins.
Daugavins attempted a 360-spin move right in front of Rask, but couldn’t squeeze it in the net giving Krejci a chance to win it for the Bruins. Krejci did just that, beating Robin Lehner glove-side for the win. The Bruins win was their 10th straight in Ottawa, tying an NHL-record.
The Ottawa Senators face the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday before a match-up with the Buffalo Sabres Saturday. The Senators have just one win so far this March, which came last Friday against the New York Rangers.
The Boston Bruins take their three game win streak to Pittsburgh against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins Tuesday. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season.
Boston has lost just three games in regulation, making them one of the toughest teams to beat in the NHL. The Bruins beat the Senators in a shootout and take on the Penguins next who are on a streak of their own and playing their best hockey of the season.