This game wasn't supposed to be a big deal. It was supposed to be a game capping off a day of camaraderie, celebrating the efforts of people running a near-unthinkable distance. Instead, it impacted six teams, three playoff matchups, and even the Northeast Division title. The Bruins had one job tonight and they failed against a team they'd beaten four times already this year. The Northeast Division goes to the Habs. The Bruins will officially face the Maple Leafs in game one of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday in Boston.
After going down 2-0 through the first forty minutes of the game, the Bruins struck hope into fans' hearts with two goals in the span of 20 seconds between the end of the second period and the beginning of the third; Jean-Gabriel Pageau ended those hopes late in the third with 3:34 left to play, and rather than putting pressure on the Senators, the Bruins just allowed an empty-netter, failing to put any sort of pressure on the Senators with Rask out of the net.
Pluses from tonight's game:
+ Wade Redden's work on Rich Peverley's goal was great.
+ Kaspars Daugavins was seemingly everywhere on the ice. Paired with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, that line created decent chances all night.
+ Honestly, as in most of the Bruins' games for the last few weeks -- it's not like they played horrendously. They had very decent puck possession through all 60 minutes. Erik Condra managed to find and put away a rebound (oh, if they Bruins could only do that) and Jared Cowan's goal was just nice, but then again, so were the two Bruins goals.
- We have to listen to Toronto foam at the mouth about the playoffs for the next however long. excellent. By which I mean the opposite of this.
- Paging the Patrice Bergeron line.
- This was the first time the Senators had beaten the Bruins in the last 14 times those teams had played each other. And another streak bites the dust.