BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 31: Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal in the second period against the Ottawa Senators on January 31, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Team Alfredsson battled Team Chara for the second time in three days Tuesday night at TD Garden, and while the supporting casts were different than in Sunday's All-Star Game, the end result was the same, as Chara's Boston Bruins held off Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators by a 4-3 mark.
The win was the Bruins' eleventh consecutive win against a Northeast opponent, but they almost didn't get it, giving Ottawa a 3-1 leg up early before mounting another third period comeback.
Colin Greening, Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson scored consecutive goals for Ottawa in a span of 14:48 between the first and second frames as Boston tried to turn stellar individual efforts by the likes of Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin into goals.
But Boston got it back together, with Lucic netting a goal with just 45 seconds remaining in the second period, and the Bruins brought the heat in the final stanza, with Brad Marchand scoring a power play goal 2:20 into the third, giving Boston its second such goal in as many tries in the game.
Marchand's goal wasn't easy, however, as he had to screen Ottawa netminder Craig Anderson and then outwork Chris Phillips - who has about six inches and 40 pounds on Marchand - to get to the puck and get it past Anderson.
If Marchand's goal exemplified the hard work that Boston did to get back into the game, then Dennis Seidenberg's game-winner embodied the luck that teams sometimes need to get two points.
A 90-foot blast off of Seidenberg's stick from just inside the red line skipped on the ice and caught Anderson unawares, proving to be the deciding goal of the game, which gave the Bruins some extra breathing room in the Northeast Division.