If you needed one word to sum up tonight's overtime win that would be it. The Bruins and Senators put on a nerve racking show for the fans tonight as both teams tried to continue their win streaks and climb up the Eastern Conference.
Nathan Horton would add his seventh of the year, Patrice Bergeron would close the coffin in overtime and Tuukka would finish with 30 saves on 31 shots as the Bruins extended their win streak to 5 games and surpassed Ottawa in the standings.
The first period saw a lot of back and forth play where each team applied their pressure, but neither team could light the lamp.
The scoring would come in the second with the Bruins striking first. Dougie Hamilton would feed Nathan Horton in front of the net who "awkwardly" put it past Senators' goalie Robin Lehner. I put awkwardly there because the puck came off Horton's stick in a very weird manner.
10 minutes later Ottawa would answer, as Kaspars Daugavins went on a breakaway. Tuukka Rask made a great save, but the Bruins penalty kill forces couldn't get the puck out, resulting in Jim O'Brien goal. Tuukka was clearly frustrated after that one as he stormed out of his crease.
The game would be tied going into the third, and would require overtime to settle it.
Dennis Seidenberg would rip a shot from the point, Patrice Bergeron would get a stick on it and trickle it right over the goal line for the winner.
Things to take away:
The Bruins continue to win. Despite one of the worse games of the season, the Bruins were able to squeeze out two points and extend their win streak to 5 games.
The powerplay went 0-3 but during the first period they put together a great shift that almost resulted in a nice opportunity, but after that play the powerplay went back in hibernation.
The penalty kill finally got solved, as the Senators put their only goal in on the man up.
Tuukka came up huge again, making a number of key saves to keep the Bruins in the game.
The Bruins next go at it against Tampa on Saturday at 1pm. The Bruins just beat Tampa 4-2 last week.
*Highlights will be posted when they come available.*