On Canada’s Thanksgiving Monday, the Boston Bruins handed the Ottawa Senators a 6-3 defeat at TD Garden in Boston.
The Senators were not thankful for their first regulation loss of the season, which gives them a 1-1-1 record.
The contest might have been closer with a little Ottawa puck luck. Zack Smith clanged the post in the first period and Matt Duchene found iron in the second. In the third, down 5-3, the Senators couldn’t strike on an extended five-on-three power play. The Senators went empty on four power play chances.
Guy Boucher, Ottawa head coach, noted his young team continues to create opportunities: “It’s sad we got unlucky on two goals … redirected basically, and you know, it’s an empty net. So, really, it’s a 5-3 game with those two goals and for us, it’s the opposite. We hit a cross bar, two posts, [missed an] open net in that five-on-three, missed the net another time on that five-on-three. So, we had ample opportunities to score more goals, which is very positive.”
Patrice Bergeron was Boston’s Monday menace against the Senators. In 16:46 time on ice, Bergeron scored three goals and an assist for four points. He struck 30 seconds into the Bruins home opener. Bergeron followed with a power play tally near the end of the first, before completing his hat trick early in the third.
Bergeron was not the only Bruin to enjoy a feast of points. David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and Charlie McAvoy also tormented the Senators. The four players combined for 14 points. Pastrnak recorded four points (2G, 2A) while Marchand and McAvoy each collected three assists.
Brady Tkachuk Debuts
Brady Tkachuk made his NHL debut for Ottawa. The Senators’ fourth overall pick at the 2018 draft sat the first two games with a groin injury. Although he was held off the scoresheet, Tkachuk managed two shots and three hits in 14:33 time on ice while going minus one. Debuting in Boston was special for Tkachuk, who played for Boston University last year.
- Smith was in the starting line-up again this game. He recorded an assist on Ryan Dzingel’s first of two goals this game, bringing Smith to a total of four points in three games this season.
- Senators backup goaltender Mike Condon made his season debut. He finished the night with 5.02 goals against average and a .828 save percentage.
- After this game, Senators defenseman Dylan DeMelo leads the NHL in plus-minus with a plus seven rating after three games. DeMelo also recorded two assists against the Bruins. DeMelo was one of the players acquired from San Jose in the Erik Karlsson trade.
- Interestingly, San Jose was shutout by former Senators netminder Robin Lehner and the New York Islanders on Monday, 4-0. In 28:27 time on ice, Karlsson was minus three and didn’t show up on the score sheet.
- The Senators start a five-game home-stand Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, and the Bruins will also visit the Canadian Tire Centre during the stretch of games.
|1||Boston||1-0||0:30||Patrice Bergeron (2)||David Pastrnak (1), Charlie McAvoy (2)|
|1||Boston [PPG]||2-0||17:12||Patrice Bergeron (3)||Brad Marchand (5), David Pastrnak (2)|
|2||Ottawa||2-1||2:21||Ryan Dzingel (1)||Mark Stone (1), Zack Smith (3)|
|2||Boston||3-1||7:08||Chris Wagner (1)||Charlie McAvoy (3), Sean Kuraly (1)|
|2||Ottawa||3-2||12:13||Ryan Dzingel (2)||Dylan DeMelo (1), Thomas Chabot (3)|
|3||Boston [HAT]||4-2||4:38||Patrice Bergeron (4)||Brad Marchand (6), Charlie McAvoy (4)|
|3||Boston||5-2||16:31||David Pastrnak (2)||Patrice Bergeron (2), Zdeno Chara (1)|
|3||Ottawa||5-3||17:03||Bobby Ryan (1)||Dylan DeMelo (2), Chris Tierney (2)|
|3||Boston [EN]||6-3||18:22||David Pastrnak (3)||Brad Marchand (7)|
Cover Photo Credit: Winslow Townson / AP
Billy Morrison covers the Ottawa Senators and the Atlantic Division for Full Press Coverage. Follow Billy on Twitter @BillyMorrison01.
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