Bruins jump out to early lead & coast to 4-1 win over Ottawa

The Bruins scored 4 goals in the first 13:45 of the game and then hit the cruise control button as they breezed to an easy 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place in Kanata, Ontario. Blake Wheeler led the way for the Bruins offensively with 2 goals and an assist, while Tim Thomas made 27 saves on 28 shots to preserve the lead.

The Bruins jumped out to an early lead when Andrew Ference carried the puck into the right wing corner and threw the puck in the general direction of the net with a back hander. The puck deflected off Blake Wheeler in front for the 1-0 lead 1:46 into the game.

David Krejci extended the Boston lead to 2-0 6:05 into the game after pouncing on a rebound in front and despositing the puck into the cage for his 8th goal of the season.

The Bruins made it 3-0 with 8:23 left in the first period when David Krejci threw the puck towards the net from the right point and Blake Wheeler tipped the puck in for his second goal of the night.

The Bruins didn't take their foot off the gas just yet, as they added a 4th goal and chased starting goalie Brian Elliott from the game with 6:15 left in the opening period. This one came off the stick of Mark Recchi, who hammered home a rebound to spot the Bruins a 4-0 first period lead.

After going down 4-0 in the first period, naturally the Senators were are bit frustrated and it started to show in the closing minute of the opening period. Zdeno Chara and Matt Carkner squared off in a bit of a tussle and Vladimir Sobotka and Milan Michalek each received double-minors for roughing with no time remaining in the period.

The Senators finally got on the board to make it 4-1 with a power play goal at 2:41 of the first period when Nick Foligno tipped the puck across the crease to Filip Kuba who had the puck deflect in off his skate. The goal was reviewed, but is was quickly determined that a distinct kicking motion was not used and the goal stood.

Matt Carkner got the dance partner he was looking for with 6:52 left in the second period when he and Shawn Thornton shed the mittens. The lengthy scrap ended in a draw with both combatants still standing.

Pascal Leclaire stopped all 19 shots that he faced, but the early 4-0 deficit was too big of a hole for the Ottawa Senators to climb out of as the B's easily skated by the Sens 4-1.



Notes:

- The Bruins were without Patrice Bergeron, who broke his right thumb and will be on the shelf for at least 2 weeks,

- Tim Thomas has 11 straight wins against Ottawa.

- Miroslav Satan played in his first game as a Boston Bruin. He finished the night +2 in 14:06 on ice time.

- Andrew Ference left the game under his own power after falling awkwardly head first into the end boards. The specifics and severity of his injury are unknown.

- The game was delayed several minutes to replace a pane of glass on the endboards after Johnny Boychuk's slap shot cracked the glass.

- Chris Neil lined up Daniel Paille with a big, high, head shot in the third period. Neil was tagged with an elbowing minor and a 10 minute misconduct. Johnny Boychuk also received a 10 minute misconduct for his actions in the ensuing scrum.

- The Bruins will return to Boston and take on the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at TD Garden.

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