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Friday, November 15th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Bruins (12-5-1) at Ottawa Senators (7-7-4), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The rolling Boston Bruins take aim at a season-high
fifth straight win when they visit the Ottawa Senators for Friday's Atlantic
Division battle at Canadian Tire Centre.
The Bruins matched their longest winning streak of the season by recording
Thursday's overtime win against visiting Columbus. Milan Lucic's breakaway
goal with 48.6 seconds remaining in the extra session lifted Boston to a
fourth straight victory, a 3-2 decision over the Blue Jackets at TD Garden.
Boston's current run matches a four-game winning streak from Oct. 17-24.
Another victory tonight would give the Bruins their longest winning stretch
since a six-game tear from Feb. 17-March 2 of last season.
Chad Johnson helped extend Boston's streak with a sharp 32-save effort between
the pipes on Thursday, with Loui Eriksson and Shawn Thornton collecting goals
in regulation for the Bruins.
"He made some huge saves in the third and kept us in it," said Marchand of
Johnson. "He did a great job today."
Following a scoreless third period that carried over into the initial four
minutes of overtime, Lucic prevented the game from entering a shootout with an
outstanding defensive play in his own zone. The physical forward blocked a
shot attempt by the Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson, then cradled the loose puck
and raced down the ice uncontested before sliding a shot between Sergei
Bobrovsky's pads for the clincher.
Thursday's victory gave Boston a 4-0-1 record on a five-game homestand, but
tonight's tilt is the first stop on a three-game road trip. The Bruins are
8-3-1 on home ice this season and 4-2-0 as the guest.
Friday's tilt marks the first of four scheduled meetings between the Bruins
and Sens this season. Although Ottawa halted a five-game losing streak in this
series when the clubs last met on April 28 of last season in Boston, the B's
have taken 13 of the past 15 encounters with the Sens.
Boston's dominance goes even deeper when looking at the recent matchups in
Canada's capital city. The Bruins have claimed 11 straight in Ottawa since the
Sens last posted a home win in this series on April 7, 2009.
The Senators will try to rebound from a rough home loss when they again take
the ice at Canadian Tire Center. Ottawa had won two straight to begin a five-
game homestand before having an overall three-game winning streak snapped in
Tuesday's 5-0 rout against Philadelphia.
Ottawa surrendered a goal in the first period and two each in the next two
stanzas in the lopsided loss. The Sens also fired 24 shots at Steve Mason, but
the Flyers goaltender turned aside every one to record his first shutout of
It also marked the first time the Senators were held without a goal this
Craig Anderson made his first start since Nov. 3, and stopped 26 shots for the
"It's just one of those things where we've got to be better. That's the bottom
line," Anderson said.
Anderson, who had been sidelined with a neck injury, fell to 4-5-2 on the
season. It's unclear if Anderson or Robin Lehner, who posted all three wins
during the recent hot streak, will get the call on Friday. Lehner is 2-3-2
with a 2.11 goals against average in seven career games against the Bruins,
while Anderson is 3-8-0 with a 3.45 GAA.
The Senators played Tuesday without defenseman Chris Phillips and he is
questionable for Friday's test with an undisclosed injury.
Ottawa is 3-4-2 as the home team this season and will close this residency
Sunday against Columbus.
11/15 10:47:51 ET