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Recap: The streak turns 18 as the Bruins beat Ottawa, 3-2

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Heading into the All-Star break on a roll...

NHL: JAN 25 Bruins at Senators Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

What can you say? 18 games in a row with at least one point! Man. Talk about a good way to head into All-Star Weekend.

Adam McQuaid gets the Senators on the board with his skate in the first. D’oh! Thomas Chabot gets credited with the goal. 1-0 Ottawa.

Danton Heinen gets things even with a nice shot on the power play. 1-1 tie.

Tim Schaller gives the Bruins the lead early in the second with a shorthanded strike. NEW HAMPSHIRE, STAND UP. 2-1 Bruins.

The lead lasted 20 seconds, as the Sens convert on a nice give-and-go for a PPG. 2-2 tie.

Jake DeBrusk throws the puck on net, and Mike Condon knocks it in off himself. Not ideal for Ottawa, but great for DeBrusk. 3-2 Bruins.

And that was it for the scoring! The Bruins held on down the stretch to earn another win.

Game notes

  • Before last year’s playoff series, I was convinced that Ottawa was the most boring team in sports. The series changed that, as it was a tight, back-and-forth battle. Tonight’s game marked a return to the dull Senators.
  • Frank Vatrano drew back into the lineup for the first time in quite a while tonight, and...yikes. The Mass. native skated just 7:10 on the night, 4:30 less than the next-closest skater, Sean Kuraly. He had a slash in the first (which was a terrible call, in his defense) and a trip in the third. Not a great return.
  • Anders Bjork looked fine, but didn’t do anything outstanding. Given that it’s his first game back, you can’t expect too much (like Vatrano). However, he held his own with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak, which is encouraging.
  • Random, but I thought Brandon Carlo had a good game tonight. He didn’t do anything spectacular, but moved the puck out of the zone on his own with a few dekes, made some good plays along the boards, and generally looked in control of his game.
  • The Senators have 39 points on the season, with 15 wins and 9 OT/shootout losses. The Bruins have 32 points on their current win streak alone. Yikes, Ottawa.