Ottawa 1, Boston 3

In a game that meant nothing to either team it was played without intensity.   No messages were sent nor tone established for the upcoming series.  The Sens had plenty of chances, but struggled to get pucks on net.  Here’s the box score.

First Period
With no energy or urgency the teams went through the motions.  The Bruins opened the scoring when Kuba gets caught on a pinch and capitalize on a 2-on-1.  Despite badly outshooting the Bruins, the Sens only had good scoring chance (Turris) in the period.
Second Period
Another lackadaisical period with the Bruins scoring again as Bishop flubs a shot by Zanon.  Perhaps lulled to sleep, the Bruins got back on their heels and the Sens scored on a broken play as Spezza beat Khubodin from the slot.  The Sens got energy from the goal and Winchester had a fantastic chance.  On the same play Bishop made his best save on a 2-on-1.  Nick Foligno had several fantastic opportunities throughout the period, but couldn’t capitalise.
Third Period
Not much pace to the period, but Karlsson missed an empty net on a beautiful pass from Smith in the closing minutes.  Lucic salted it away when the Sens got caught on a bad change and Kuba couldn’t stop Krejci‘s pass to Lucic who beat Bishop five-hole.

Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Boston, Pouliot
Kuba gets caught pinching and Karlsson can’t stop the cross-ice feed that Pouliot bangs in
2. Boston, Zanon
Bishop flubs the shot which goes through his glove
3. Spezza (Karlsson, Kuba)
4. Boston, Lucic
Kuba can’t stop the pass to Lucic in the slot who beats Bishop five-hole

Top-performers: no one earned honours in the laconic contest.

Players Who Struggled:
Ben Bishop – should have had the second goal and probably the third
Filip Kuba – guilty on two plays that lead directly to goals

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