With the Calendar Turned, Bruins & Top Line Continue Hot Stretch

BOSTON, MA-With the calendar turned to November, the Boston Bruins have continued their hot stretch, handling the Ottawa Senators by a 5-2 final, improving to 10-1-2 on the 2019 season.

Very early in the first period, Boston was on a power-play thanks to an Ottawa penalty for too many men on the ice. Just about 30 seconds later, David Pastrnak made it pay as he netted his 13th goal of the season, extending his point streak to eleven games. The goal to get the Bruins on the board first was scored after Torey Krug sent the puck to the boards, ricocheting directly to Pastrnak who put Senators Goalie Craig Anderson in a spin cycle.

A scary moment just after the Boston goal as Scott Sabourin and David Backes collide, sending Sabourin falling hard on the ice. Sabourin would stay down for roughly 25 minutes as he was carted off the ice with a standing ovation from fans at the TD Garden, and both benches.

It was announced that Sabourin did have movement in his lower extremities, he was conscious and he was speaking as he was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  Bruins Right Wing David Backes left the ice following the hit as well as he looked visibly shaken up. Postgame, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy reflected on the entire situation: 

Midway through the first, the Senators would get on the board as Anthony Duclair scored his fifth goal of the season with the assist from Mark Borowiecki and Logan Brown. A very surprising goal allowed by Goalie Tuuka Rask and the Bruins as they came into the game having the best goals against average and save percentage in the NHL.

To start the second period, a beautiful feed from Marchand to Pastrnak, to Patrice Bergeron for his eleventh goal of the season that would give the Bruins the lead. The top line continues to show why they are the best top line in the entire NHL. In his presser postgame, Cassidy would compliment Pastrnak, saying “he’s underrated in terms of his playmaking ability. He’s showing he has high end distributing skills as well. The power play he made was unbelievable.” Here’s what teammate Brad Marchand had to say about the dominant play by Pasta:

It would be a short lead as the Senators would almost immediately tie things once again as Connor Brown scored his second goal of the season, assisted by Dylan DeMelo and Mark Borowiecki.

The penalty kill aspect for the Bruins continues to be strong. Boston killed off six minutes of penalties that included a 5-minute spearing penalty from Marchand, midway through the second. The Garden was rocking as they gave the penalty kill efforts a standing ovation. The crowd was a big factor in the Bruins success on Saturday night as Pastrnak reflected during some locker room sounds:

The Bruins ended the second period 36 for 42 on penalty kill’s this season (85.7%). They have not allowed a shorthanded goal. That’s a top 10 (and increasing) penalty kill percentage ranking in the entire NHL. The third period we went as Danton Heinen gave Boston a lead with his third goal of the season with an unassisted beauty. In some more locker room sounds, Heinen reflected on his ability to limit his mistakes and get some pucks on net:

Short after, it was the top line once again. Bergeron to Pastrnak to Marchand to make it 4-2 Bruins. The assist gave Patrice Bergeron his 500th career assist, a stat that only five other players in the entire Boston organization has ever accomplished (the last being Bobby Orr). The top line continues to perform night in and night out, cementing themselves as one of, if not the best line in the entire NHL.

Boston continues it’s domination, rolling through the first thirteen games of the season. The Bruins will face a tough task coming up as they have back to back games against Pittsburgh and rival Montreal. A good test that will be fun to watch.

[Thumbnail photo via NBC Sports Boston]


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