On Thursday night Ottawa played host to the North East Champions Boston Bruins. Boston also gave Goaltender Anton Khudobin his first NHL start.
Both teams are on the ice to start the game and Boston's Rich Peverley wins the opening faceoff and Game 81 is underway. Boston's goaltender Anton Khudobin made his 1st 2 saves as a Boston's goaltender as the Senators set up a camp in the Boston's zone but David Krejci and his team mates corrected that. With the score remaining 0-0 Anton Khudobin and Ben Bishop have been really sharp and with just 16:09 left in the 1st, its pretty evenly with the shots on goals tied at 3-3. Greg Zanon blocked a shot and the puck hit him right in the face, he heads straight down the tunnel with Head Athletic Trainer Donnie DelNegro. But he wasnt gone for long as he was back on the bench pretty quick. On the 11 minute Boston takes the lead 1-0. Defenseman Jordan Caron with a nice defensive play at the Boston's blueline, with a slick puck to Brian Rolston, who then gives the puck to Benoit Pouliot, to tip the puck into the Senators goal. Benoit Pouliot with his 16th goal of the season. Brian Rolston with his 17th assist of the season and Jordan Caron with his 8th assist of the season. Not long after the goal Anton Khudobin with a nice nifty glove save, when Chris Phillips drove the puck through a lot of traffic. On the 14:25 minute OTT went on their first PP of the night, Brian Rolston gets a slashing call and gets 2 minutes in the box. OTT's PP is 9th in the league with a 18.5% and Boston's PK is tied 11th in the league with a 83.2%. Boston's Gregory Campbell kills sometime on the PK and he punctuates his shift with a spinning backhand shot on Ben Bishop. Anton Khudobin with his 14th save of the night, and OTT's Chris Neil was in his face and Adam McQuaid did not like it. At the sound of the horn, to end the 1st, Adam McQuaid and Chris Neil were pushing and shoving, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton were in the middle. After 20 minutes Anton Khudobin looked really comfortable considering OTT had 17 shots to Boston's 7.
Both teams are back on the ice for the 2nd. Anton Khudobin with a very quick save at the start of the 2nd. Boston is still ahead 1-0 with 18:14 left. A massive shot from the point by Greg Zanon and the puck finds a hole and into the OTT's goal. Greg Zanon with his 3rd goal of the season. Doesnt look like OTT is going to beat Anton Khudobin low as the goaltender, with another kick save thats no 22 for Anton Khudobin. 8:56 left in the 2nd and with Boston leading 2-0, OTT goes back on a PP with Boston's David Krejci going to the box for a holding call. David Krejci goes for 2 minutes. During the PP Anton Khudobin had three more saves and a very successful PK. Boston takes a timeout after a icing with 6:37 left in the 2nd. Jason Spezza walked into the middle, used a Bruin as a screenshot and shot, the bid caught Anton Khudobin by surprise and the score is 2-1. Jason Spezza with his 34th goal of the season. Erik Karlsson with his 59th assist of the season and Filip Kuba with his 26th assist of the season. Not Long after OTT scored, Boston goes on a PP as Kyle Turris goes to the box for a holding call, and he goes for 2 minutes. Boston's PP is tied at 14th in the NHL with a 17.3% and OTT's PK is 15th in the NHL with a 81.9%. Anton Khudobin managed to bounce back with two more highlight reel saves with the pads. The horn sounds to end the 2nd. After 40 minutes the score is still 2-1,but OTT were still leading with 34 shots on goals to Boston's 19.
Both set of players are on for the final time. OTT were working really hard early in the 3rd but Boston were standing tall with 13:20 left to go. On 6:40 OTT goes back on a PP as Boston's Shawn Thornton goes to the box for a delay of game call. Shawn Thornton tipped the puck over the Glass, gets 2 minutes. During the PK Boston's goaltender Anton Khudobin had another three saves, he has had 38 saves in the whole game with 10:58 left to go. It was then Boston's time to go on a PP as Kyle Turris goes to the box for a hi-sticking call, he goes to the box for 2 minutes with 8:49 left in regulation. Erik Karlsson missed a wide open goal Boston dodged a bullet and with 6:35 left Boston remain 2-1. With 4:33 left Milan Lucic scored with a snap shot and a lovely pass by David Krejci. Milan Lucic with his 26th goal of the season. David Krejci with his 39th assist of the season, and Torey Krug with his 1st assist of the season. Not long after the Boston's goal both Matt Carkner and Andrew Ference got caught up in a tangled after a play. Both get a roughing call and go to the box for 2 minutes with 3:37 left in regulation. And just after that Call finished OTT gets another penalty call this one goes to Jesse Winchester at the bench for abusing the officials call. he goes for 2 minutes. The horn sounds to end the game. Boston wins 3-1. OTT had 43 shots on goal to Boston's 27.
Tonight's 3 stars: 1. Anton Khudobin 2. David Krejci 3. Milan Lucic
Congratulations on Torey Krug on his first ever NHL point. With this win Boston has 100 points.
On Saturday afternoon Boston will host the Buffalo Sabres at 4pm start. It is also the last regular game of the season.