Last night the Boston Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators in game 1 of the best of 7, round 1 playoff series final score 2-1. This was the first time the black and gold beat this Ottawa team all year. This game defined what we’re going to see for the rest of this series. This series will show nonstop puck dumping, fore-check battling, close but no cigar scoring chances and strategic goalies who won’t let many pucks by. The low score 1-2 does not do justice of how awesome this game truly was. Eyes glued, edge of your seat for the rest of this series.
Last night the crowd in Ottawa was electric from the start, waving their mini moist towelettes throughout the game. This didn’t seem to faze a Bruins team who is on the younger side. They played their body to body style for most of the game, only letting up one goal to Bobby Ryan in the 2nd period that ultimately walked right in shot and got his own rebound to score on the 2nd attempt. Both goalies stopped breakaway opportunities early own which without a doubt determined this was going to be a goalie showdown. Senators led going into the 3rd period 1-0 but that last period belonged to the Bruins. Frank Vatrano netted his first career playoff goal right in between the circles 5 minutes into the 3rd. A quiet Marchand came out with a rocket goal on a rebound with 3 minutes left in the 3rd. Just when you were asking yourself where the hell as Marchy been this game he comes up with a goal like that, proving why he is one of the best.
Another big factor was Young Stud Charlie “Friggin” Mcavoy. The kid from BU played absolutely stellar for being his NHL debut… in a playoff game… in a tough city. Mcavoy totaled 24:11 minutes on ice, 1 big body shot, 2 blocked shots and was +1 on the night… When he has the puck on the blue line he has total control of the puck movement in the offensive zone and can place it right where a forward wants it for a one timer….Keep this kid for a loooooong time.
Bruins stayed out of the box for the most part tallying only 4 penalty minutes where their counterparts doubled that with 8 total penalty minutes. Bruins play again on Saturday in Ottawa, if they stick to this style of play and Rask stays strong in the crease I think coming back to Boston up 2 games is certainly reasonable. Bruins in 5!
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