Bruins Season Ends As They Fall to Senators 3-2 in OT
The Boston Bruins just couldn’t quite get the job done as they dropped Game 6 3-2 in overtime to the Senators, which ended their season. Between the injuries, the questionable officiating and the inconsistent play, Boston was lucky to even get this far and have a shot at pushing the series to a seventh game. There were certainly points where the Bruins looked good during the series, but in the end the better team won.
At the start of Game 6 I was fully confident, as I am sure most Bruins fans were. The team was back in Boston and had a raucous Garden crowd behind them to give them a boost. The first period was a bit odd because the play was very back and forth. At times the B’s look energized and at times they looked pretty flat. They flipped the puck over the glass three different times for delay of game penalties but the Senators would never take advantage.
Ottawa also outshot them 12-6 but the Bruins took advantage of a penalty on Mark Stone for tripping with a goal late in the period. Drew Stafford sniped one right by Craig Anderson’s right shoulder to put them on the board and boost morale. Taking an early lead into the intermission felt great especially after dodging so many bullets.
By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Bruins would falter in the second period however, despite getting more shots off than the Senators. An early penalty would finally come back to bite them as Bobby Ryan would tie the game with a power play goal. The B’s would unravel a bit, as Ottawa would come back just five minutes later with another score. Kyle Turris put one in the back of the net to make it 2-1 Senators and take the air out of the building.
From that point on, the Bruins would dig in and fight for their season. Just three and a half minutes into the third period, the Bruins’ leader, Patrice Bergeron, would put one home off of assists from Brad Marchand and Colin Miller. Bergeron, always the professional, stepped up in a big moment and made a gigantic play to give his team life again. Now, the series was guaranteed to end in dramatic fashion.
Boston would outshoot Ottawa 12-3 in the third but the Bergeron goal was all that they could muster. They had a power play opportunity late in regulation that they could not convert and the teams would head to another overtime. It would be the fourth overtime game of the series and the 18th of the NHL playoffs as a whole. These two teams seemed so evenly matched that they couldn’t possibly play anything but a close game.
In overtime, the Bruins season would come to an end because of a penalty, which seemed fitting based on how many were committed. David Pastrnak got beat by Clarke MacArthur into the Bruins zone and he pulled him down to the ice, resulting in a two-minute holding penalty. Just 36 seconds later, MacArthur himself would end the series with a rebound goal on the power play. The Senators had taken down the Bruins and would be moving on to face the New York Rangers in the second round of the playoffs.
In the end, it was a bittersweet feeling for Bruins fans. The team, which had missed the previous two postseasons, had made strides and looks to have a bright future. They had fought hard to even get this series to Game 6 and showed a level of toughness that hasn’t always been there. But in Boston, the expectation is always to win so it was a disappointing end to the season.
Personally, I think the Senators are a very underrated team and deserved to win this series. The Bruins did not get off a shot in the overtime period and just had too many mistakes to overcome to win. For what it’s worth, Ottawa just seems to know how to pull out victories against them as well. But moving forward, the team has a lot of youth and key pieces in place that they can add to.
There is uncertainty in what the team will look like come next fall and also in who will be the man leading them. I believe Bruce Cassidy did a great job and deserves to be brought back as the full-time head coach after serving as an interim for the latter portion of this season. Regardless of what happens, I can’t wait for hockey season in Boston again.