The Boston Bruins lost to the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Thursday night, as well as Linus Ullmark as he went down after taking a shot to the head in the first period as the B’s dropped their third straight game.
Jeremy Swayman took over but allowed three second-period goals that mooted Boston’s two-goal lead in the first period.
On the brighter side of things, Jesper Froden scored his first NHL goal after being recalled by the team to play over the struggling Trent Frederic, while Marc McLaughlin scored yet again. McLaughlin’s goal came just under seven minutes into the contest when Nick Foligno’s shot at the bottom of the circle deflected in off the Billerica native’s stick to give the B’s the 1-0 lead.
That lead was bumped to a two-goal cushion when Matt Grzelcyk, who also returned to the lineup (injury) along with Froden, took a snapshot from the point that was deflected in by Froden with a minute left in the first period for Froden’s first NHL goal.
Ottawa’s three-goal second started less than a minute into the period with Matthew Tkachuk, from behind the net, wristering one off the back of Swayman and in. Halfway through the period, Josh Norris found the game-tying goal on the 5-on-3 advantage with a one-timer from the point, and it was less than a minute later that the Senators took the lead on the power play with a rebound collected by Tim Stutzle.
With their third straight loss, a power play that continues to go even further downhill (riding an 0-for-21 rut), and a stack of injuries, Boston is starting to lose control. They’re lucky to be just three points behind the Lightning — third in the Atlantic Division — and three points ahead of the Capitals who possess the last wild card spot. The Maple Leafs, earlier a close competitor with the Bruins, are running away with the second spot in the division.
ATL Division, WC standings
2. TOR — 74 GP, 102 PTS
3. TBL — 74 GP, 98 PTS
4. BOS — 74 GP, 95 PTS
1. BOS — 74 GP, 95 PTS
2. WSH — 74 GP, 92 PTS
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