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That outrageous streak had to end sometime, and tonight was the night.
The Senators scored 4 unanswered goals, digging out of an early 2-0 hole to beat the Bruins on home ice for the first time since April 7, 2009.
After getting up 2-0 in the first on the Senators, the Bruins sprung a ton of leaks in their game that saw them give the lead away, and eventually the game, losing 4-2 to their division rivals.
Loui Erriksson and Brad Marchand got the B's rolling inside the first 10 minutes of the first period. It's Eriksson's 4th, now 8 behind Tyler Seguin (just kidding) and Marchand's 3rd. Matt Bartkowski assisted on both tallies.
But with just 10 seconds left in the period, Sens enforcer Chris Neil rushed Torey Krug, knocking the puck away and beat Tuukka Rask for his 3rd of the year. It was a total buzzkill goal to give up so late in the period, and the B's never recovered from the mistake.
The B's didn't really play all that well the rest of the game, as a scoreless second period followed for both teams.
The Sens kept chipping away throughout, and captain Jason Spezza eventually tied the game just 1:34 into the third, and Jared Cowen put the home team in front four minutes later after a scrum in the crease led to the puck getting by Rask.
Off-season acquisition Bobby Ryan beat Rask five-hole to ice the game halfway through the third, making it 4-2. The B's, playing on a back-to-back, looked to have lost some gas as the game wore on.
So the winning streak is snapped at four, and the Bruins have the weekend off for the first time all year. They better make it count because they have another back-to-back right away, as they play on Monday in Carolina and Tuesday at MSG versus the Rangers.
- Loui Eriksson now has points in 5 straight games, recording 2 goals and 4 assists in that span.
- It was a rough night for the KSS line and the 2nd D pairing of Krug and Dennis Seidenberg. All five players were a -2 on the night.
- The ridiculous 11 game winning streak in Ottawa came to an end, so lets all light a candle in remembrance. To better understand how long ago that truly was, Phil Kessel scored the first goal for the Bruins, Manny Fernandez was the losing goalie, and the B's were sitting pretty at the top of conference with 112 points and gearing up for the playoffs. Yeah. THAT long ago.
- The B's have both Saturday and Sunday off for the first time all season, as they will reset the week coming up with two matchups with Carolina, one in New York with the Rangers, and a Thursday night tilts with the tough-as-nails St. Louis Blues.