Bruins Prevail In 97-Shot Affair Thanks To Late Horton Goal

Anton Khudobin made an unbelievable 45 saves in the Bruins' win over the Senators Tuesday.

Anton Khudobin made an unbelievable 45 saves in the Bruins’ win over the Senators Tuesday.

Things got anxious at the end with the Senators on a six-on-four power play and one of the Bruins’ best penalty killers in the locker room, but Boston withstood the flurry thanks to the physical play and sheer strength of Zdeno Chara to hold on and beat Ottawa, 3-2, in a wild, but very entertaining game at TD Garden.

Nathan Horton logged the game-winner with 9:39 remaining in the third period as his net drive resulted in him putting home a Milan Lucic rebound to give the Bruins the lead shortly after Ottawa had tied the game at two. It was Horton’s 12th goal of the year (fourth in as many games) and it could not have come at a better time for the B’s, who really needed the two points in this one.

“It was nice to see we bounced back in the third and scored that goal,” said Lucic after the team had lost their 2-1 second-intermission lead on a goal from Andrew Benoit just 1:55 into the third.

Before Ottawa came from behind to tie it, it was the B’s who had to come from behind as they got down rather quickly in this one. Colin Greening scored his seventh of the year just 2:48 into the first period with assists from Zack Smith and Marc Methot to put the Sens up, 1-0.

By the looks of their response, something seemed to go off in the minds of the Bruins and they quickly tied the score at one before taking the lead just under a minute later. Less than a minute after the Greening goal, David Krejci took a feed from Chara and beat Robin Lehner to tie things at one and just 59 seconds after that, Tyler Seguin buried his 12th of the year to put the home team on top, 2-1, just 4:29 into the game.

The answer and then some was huge for the B’s and that’s how things would stay until the beginning of the third as both Lehner and Anton Khudobin stopped 92 of the combined 97 shots they would face. Seguin had the B’s best chance of the period until Horton gave them the lead for good just past the midway point. They had to survive a late interference penalty on Johnny Boychuk and did, escaping with their second win in a row.

Khudobin finished the night with a career-high 45 saves in his second consecutive start and win and Seguin finished with a career-high 12 shots on goal for the winners. Chara posted the second-highest total with five. Only Andrew Ference and Daniel Paille did not put a shot on net in the game, but the B’s got their first first-period goal since March 17 in Pittsburgh. The last time they registered 50 shots on net was March 25, 2010 against Tampa Bay.

The W may have come at a price, however, as Selke Trophy winner, Patrice Bergeron, left the game towards the end of the second period with an apparent head injury suffered as he was back well below the circles pitching in on defense and did not return. Bergeron has a history of concussions.

The three stars of the game were Seguin, Lucic and Khudobin. The win resulted in the 49th and 50th points of the season for the Bruins and they currently sit one point behind the Canadiens for the division lead.

Boston will be back in action on Thursday as they take on the Devils at The Garden.


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