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Oct 18, 2022; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) celebrates his goal scored in the first period against the Boston Bruins at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

  • Even after a win over the Panthers on Monday night, Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery didn’t hide from his concerns regarding the upcoming and almost inevitable trouble that awaited the Bruins in Ottawa on Tuesday night.

    He knew the Senators were resting at home and not only waiting for the Bruins, who would be on the second leg of a traveling back-to-back, but waiting to skate on their home ice for the first time in 2022-23.

    And it took all of three minutes and nine seconds at the Canadian Tire Center for Montgomery’s concerns to become valid, as the Senators hung a quick two-spot on Bruins netminder Jeremy Swayman, and seven goals on Boston netminders in total by the night’s end, in a 7-5 victory over the B’s.

  • In an 0-3 hole at the 13:14 mark of the opening frame after goals from Claude Giroux, Brady Tkachuk, and Drake Batherson, it was easy to declare the Bruins dead and buried and turn the page to Thursday night in Boston.

    But Bruins cut their deficit to two when Patrice Bergeron banged home a net-front look on the Senators’ Anton Forsberg in a sequence that featured some strong work from both Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak, and a late-period penalty drawn by Pastrnak put the Bruins on the power play to begin the middle frame.

    David Krejci made good on that with a top-shelf, power-play bullet, and a follow-up marker from A.J. Greer just 1:02 later made it a 3-3 game on Ottawa ice.

    In the blink of an eye, the Bruins were back in it.

    Until they weren’t.

  • The 3-3 tie would last all of 10:27 in the second period, as a Derek Forbort activation opened the door to trouble, and a two-on-one chance finished off by the Senators’ Shane Pinto for a go-ahead goal.

    Ottawa’s Tim Stützle doubled the lead just 2:01 later, and Mark Kastelic happily accepted Anton Stralman’s gift of one of the worst giveaways you’ll ever see just 2:31 later for Ottawa’s sixth goal of the evening.

    It was a three goals in 4:32 barrage from the Sens, and the Bruins were toast.

    Until they weren’t.

    Kickstarted by a Nick Foligno putaway at the 17:55 mark of the second period, the Bruins found themselves down by just one after 40 minutes of play thanks to a David Pastrnak tally with just 15 seconds remaining in the period.

  • But in a game full of defensive breakdowns, a third-period breakdown in front of Linus Ullmark proved to be the backbreaker for the Bruins, as Artem Zub’s four-on-four goal midway through the third put this game to bed.

    This was everything Montgomery feared coming to the table, really.

    In addition to already and still being undermanned on the backend, the Black and Gold’s defense was coming off an intense workload against the Panthers on Monday night, as the Bruins were forced to kill off four Florida power-play opportunities and saw the Panthers land 41 shots on goal by the night’s end. A letdown was almost to be expected, and the Bruins just appeared worn down in their own end really from the puck drop on this one.

    And when the Bruins couldn’t build off the post-gifted bailout when Brady Tkachuk rang one off the iron behind Ullmark to keep this a one-goal game, you had a feeling that it simply wasn’t going to be their night.

    On a lineup front, Jakub Lauko rejoined the mix after a night off, and finished with an assist (his first NHL point) in 9:38 of time on ice. Craig Smith sat as a healthy scratch. On the backend, veteran defenseman Anton Stralman made his Bruins debut and had an absolutely rough one, as the 36-year-old finished with a minus-2 rating in 18:05 of action.

    In net, Jeremy Swayman was lifted after two periods after allowing six goals on 25 shots, while Ullmark turned aside five-of-six shots faced in his period of relief.

    Boston’s loss also denied the team of what would’ve been their first 4-0-0 start since 1990.

    The Bruins will return to Boston for a Thursday night meeting with the Ducks.