It was an ugly one in Boston; messy, mean, undisciplined and the game plan was clearly scrapped. Ottawa started their game the right way, coming out strong in the first period, then suffering through a sloppy second and losing all patience in the third. The game was a close one right up until the final period, with Boston up by one at the end of the second. But two goals within seconds of each other in the third spelled lights out for Ottawa, as the team deflated and concentrated more on fighting than scoring goals.
High off six straight wins, Ottawa came running out of the gate, only to lose steam as the game progressed. Lagged by several penalties, with two taken by Gonchar in the first period within minutes of each other, Ottawa was gaining and losing momentum fast. A fluke goal off a mad scramble by Foligno and an impressive shot from Da Costa off a cheeky no look in between the legs behind pass from Foligno set up an exciting start to the second period. But the Sens fell flat in this period and starting turning over the puck, and Boston took full advantage off sluggish, disorganized play to even the score.
Jared Cowen breathed some life back in the team with his first ever NHL goal in the third period, giving the team a chance to make its way back in this game, but it was too little, too late. Bergeron, Seguin, Thornton and former Senator Chris Kelly proved to be too much for them and Tim Thomas had another one of his solid nights.
In true Tim Thomas fashion, he managed to stop mad schnozzles in front of his net with his signature no-style style, flailing like an overturned turtle, and yet, somehow, miraculously, stopping the puck. That was one of the best parts of the night, whether you’re an Ottawa fan or a Boston fan, you gotta love the way that this man plays.
A note on Zack Smith- while it’s great that he plays hard and plays with passion, it’s not necessary for him to fight in EVERY game that he plays in. It would be nice to see him show a little more restraint. Just because you can fight, doesn’t mean that you should fight.
Congratulations to Jared Cowen for his first ever NHL goal- let it be one of many more to come.
And a final note on the game- the frustration was clear at the end when Jason Spezza took an obvious penalty in the dying minutes. It’s not a good sign for the team, as Ottawa’s success was largely dependent on his strength and leadership and he has to lead by example. Let’s hope that he shakes it off fast so that Ottawa can get back to their winning ways.
About the Author
Written by Mika Oehling
Office worker and sports nerd. Cannot play a professional sport to save my life, but love to write. Prone to rants, raves, snarky humour and caustic commentary. My team's the Ottawa Senators. Author of Armchair Hockey, a work of humourous fiction released this year and available for sale online at Chapters and Amazon.