Bruins end perfect road trip with win over Senators

DJ Bean
March 01, 2011 - 4:52 pm
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The Bruins capped their six-game road trip with a 1-0 victory over the Senators, making it a perfect 6-0-0 on a trip that also featured stops in Long Island, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton. With the game scoreless in the third period, Nathan Horton beat Senators goaltender Craig Anderson on a rebound from an Adam McQuaid wrist-shot at 1:43. Tuukka Rask made 32 saves in the shutout victory, improving to 9-11-1 on the season. The Bruin will return to the Garden on Thursday to face the Lightning, who are currently second in the Eastern Conference. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS - Don't look now, but here comes Nathan Horton, and just at the right time. Horton has goals in three consecutive games for the first time since pulling a Bruins sweater over his pads. He's also a plus-5 over his last five games. Horton now has 18 goals on the season. - Tuukka Rask had no problems leaving his net Tuesday, but never to the point where it hurt the Bruins. Unlike Sunday, where he faced only 17 shots, Rask was relied on a bit more heavily. He came up with big stops on Jason Spezza multiple times, including a breakaway in the second period. In addition to playing well (something he has done at points this season without anything to show for it), Rask is winning. He has now taken victories in his last four games, and his quest to get that record to .500 after a 5-11-1 start is looking more and more promising. - Adam McQuaid has three assists in his last four games. His wrist shot led to Horton's goal, and it also boosted his league-best plus-minus up to a plus-27. - The Bruins found themselves killing penalties on Gregory Campbell and Brad Marchand early and late in the third period, but the Senators failed to get a shot on goal while on the man advantage. The B's have allowed zero power play goals over their last three games. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS - The B's drew just one penalty the entire game, a tripping call on Jason Spezza. They failed to convert, making it four straight games without a power play tally. In fact, since acquiring Tomas Kaberle, who figures to strengthen the unit, the B's have scored just once on the man advantage. - Speaking of Kaberle, he has just one shot on goal since joining the Bruins. Nobody expected him to shoot a ton, but it seems "puck-moving defenseman" may mean just that -- and only that. Kaberle had at least one shot on goal in seven of his final eight games with the Maple Leafs.

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