Shots on Goal: Bruins take out Senators, 5-1
Powered by two Riley Nash goals, the Boston Bruins easily defeated the Ottawa Senators, 5-1 Wednesday night at the TD Garden.
The Senators have had Boston’s number in the past, riding a six-game regular season win streak against the Bruins, along with knocking them out of the playoffs in the first round last season. Their first matchup this season convincingly went the B’s way with the third line (Riley Nash, Danton Heinen, David Backes) all making big contributions. Nash tallied two goals and an assist, Heinen, a goal and assist and Backes, a goal and assist.
With Tuukka Rask’s early season funk behind him, the B’s netminder has rung up a (9-0-1) streak of his own in the last 10 games. He also earned NHL first star last week.
“We just need to keep playing like we have,” Tuukka Rask (25 saves) said. “That’s been resulting in wins. But we don’t want to get complacent and get satisfied with how things have been lately. You want to keep pushing yourself and that’s what great teams do. They don’t take anything for granted and they always push themselves. Now that we’ve put some wins together, we have to show everyone that we’re capable of keeping it up for the rest of the season.”
Boston took the lead early and never looked back. Kevan Miller got the scoring started when he gathered a juicy rebound from Craig Anderson (18 saves) and deposited the loose puck over Anderson’s glove side.
Heinen put the Bruins up 2-0 when he tapped in a beautiful backhand pass across the crease from Ryan Spooner at 8:28.
Later in the period, Fredrik Claesson laid out Noel Acciari with a hit to the head and was given a game misconduct but not before squaring off with Tim Schaller.
Second period, Riley Nash potted his first of two goals with an unassisted effort to extend Boston’s lead to 3-0 at 1:25.
Thomas Chabot cut the lead to 3-1 with a slap shot from the right point but Nash regained the three goal cushion for Boston with his second goal of the game.
Backes mopped it up with 1:20 to go when he went five-hole on Anderson to cap off the scoring for Boston.