It wouldn’t have been a stretch to say that the first period of Tuesday’s showdown between the Bruins and Senators was actually Boston’s worst period of the season.
A Taylor Hall turnover and a Jeremy Swayman rebound helped put the Senators on the board just 74 seconds into action, and the Bruins finished the opening frame with 14 shots and two of their worst-looking power-play efforts to date.
But the Bruins responded with an absolutely wild second period showing, with three goals and more than a few big hits sprinkled in between, to help push themselves over the COVID-decimated Sens by a 3-2 final at TD Garden.
The Bruins opened things up with an inventive power-play goal, as a David Pastrnak shot from his office boinked off Brad Marchand’s body and through Matt Murray for Boston’s first goal of the night, scored at the 5:12 mark of the period. Given the way the Black and Gold power play was sputtering to that point, they didn’t care about anything but the light behind Murray.
And with a noticeable jump back in their strides following the Marchand goal, the Bruins grabbed their first lead of the night when Derek Forbort activated and ripped home his second goal of the season. The goal was a nice little bounce-back for Forbort following Saturday’s struggles (granted, at the other end of the rink), and matched a single-season career-high in goals just 10 games into the year.
The Sens tied things up just 2:11 after Forbort’s goal with a seeing-eye shot from Nikita Zaitsev that beat Swayman, but the Bruins were not done, as Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes of action with a goal that featured a helper from a broken stick about 10 feet to Murray’s right.
Insane coordination to score here pic.twitter.com/pVzcMpkol2— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) November 10, 2021
Boston nearly had a four-goal period, to be honest, and would’ve had it not been for Murray’s stick denying Pastrnak from an easy putaway goal after Pastrnak mashed Thomas Chabot out of the play with a heavy hit in the corner.
But the Bruins carried that one-goal edge into the second intermission and through the third period, with successful penalty kills on a Jack Studnicka trip and Hall hook (both in the offensive zone) on the way to victory.
In net, Swayman stopped 24 of 26 shots faced for his third victory over the season.
Boston lost forward Trent Frederic in the second period of this contest when Frederic absorbed a monstrous open-ice hit from Ottawa’s Josh Brown. Frederic got back to his feet and appeared to try to get back into the play, but he was noticeably woozy and went down the tunnel shortly after getting back to the bench.
oh my GOODNESS what a hit by Josh Brown on Trent Frederic pic.twitter.com/RKlGR3SzpN— Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) November 10, 2021
The Bruins will get back at it Thursday night against Connor McDavid and the Oilers.
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