OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 5: Brian Rolston #12 of the Boston Bruins selebrates a first period goal with teammate Jordan Caron #38 during an NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on April 5, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
During much of the past three seasons, the Bruins have been as good as they've gotten because of their success on the road.
Even though they played without many of their regulars on Thursday night in Ottawa, the road continued be favorable for Boston, which won 3-1 over the Senators thanks to a superlative effort from Anton Khudobin and milestones from two Bruins; Greg Zanon, whose first goal as a Bruin proved to be the game-winner and Torey Krug, who assisted on Milan Lucic's insurance goal in the third period.
But at the end of the day, it was Khudobin's night.
Playing without Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara or Johnny Boychuk in front of him (and without Adam McQuaid, who missed the third period for undisclosed reasons), Khudobin proved to everyone that he was worth the hype he got when he arrived in Providence last year.
The former Minnesota Wild goaltender, acquired in 2010 at the trade deadline, finally got his first start in a Boston uniform and he didn't disappoint, stopping 44 of the 45 shots that he saw on the night.
The Bruins improved to 5-1 on the season against Ottawa, who they'll likely see in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but we'll have to wait until Saturday to find out for sure who Boston will play in the opening round.