Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Senators in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis…
B’s keep on rolling — and keep their flair for the dramatics: The Bruins were already set to extend their point streak to an absurd 19 games on Saturday, with the final minute ticking off the clock in regulation and Boston and Ottawa stuck in a 2-2 deadlock. But for the second night in a row, the B’s struck before overtime could get underway — with David Krejci tipping a shot from Danton Heinen home at 19:15 to give Boston the lead for good. It marks the third straight comeback win for the Bruins, who, along with their point streak, swept their six-game homestand and have now won 10 straight contests at TD Garden. This is now the second-longest point streak in team history — trailing only a 23-game run achieved during the 1940-41 season.
It’s been the same old song and dance with this club as of late — without three top-six contributors, Boston once again found a way to win, with Krejci breaking through again with a new set of linemates and fourth liner Chris Wagner burying his 11th goal of the year. This club is going to need guys like David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk and Marcus Johansson back in the fold soon, but this B’s team is continuing to buck the trend when it comes to the flaws that stuck with them for most of the first couple months of the season — including secondary scoring woes and a spotty penalty kill.
Lineup switches pay off: Even with the score still stuck in a 2-2 deadlock down the final stretch of the third period, Bruce Cassidy once again put his lines in a blender, with this crew being the end result:
“We shortened the bench,” Cassidy said. “I just thought a few guys weren’t competing hard enough offensively with the puck, to get inside, to get behind the goal. Sometimes the guys, rolling them out there, keeping them in the game, shortening your bench is the way to go. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Tonight, I’m not going to say that was the reason why we scored goals, but that’s the reason why we did cut it down a bit. We want to be able to use four lines every night.
“We play again tomorrow. Sometimes there are ways to send messages. Sometimes they get them, sometimes they don’t, but I just feel that there are a few guys that need to start competing a little more offensively. Be a little harder to play against, get inside, and get rewarded.”
Obviously, it worked out for the B’s — as the new second line of Heinen-Krejci-Backes were out on the ice for the eventual go-ahead goal, while Wagner was rewarded with a couple of reps up on the top line.