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Video: Ryan’s big goal spoils Bruins’ comeback, wins it for Sens

Dec 28, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

The big question for the Bruins on Saturday was: could Boston persevere without Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg in the lineup? The Ottawa Senators and Bobby Ryan seemingly answered that with an “almost,” as they beat them 4-3 in an up-and-down game.

Ryan’s goal came when he beat Torey Krug for a breakaway, which prompted some to wonder if Krug would be in such a situation if Chara was healthy:

That wasn’t the only bit of drama. Ottawa chased Tuukka Rask from Boston’s net by scoring three goals on him about 30 seconds into the second period. Jarome Iginla and David Warsofsky scored goals to tie it up with Chad Johnson in net, but Ryan’s goal ended up being the game-winner.

(Ryan, 26, now has 18 goals on the season, by the way.)

The Senators avenge a 5-0 loss to Boston on Friday, improving to 16-18-7, while the B’s see a four-game winning streak end and slide to 26-11-2.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Kicking it up to his stick at full speed was impressive. Guy has some skills.

    I thought for sure the Bruins would tie it up at the end though, they only had about seven chances on that powerplay.

  2. theskinsman - Dec 29, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    Chara and Seidenberg missing and Rask being way off was the difference.I saw a lot of mistakes made with the young guys filling in, but they’ll get it together.

    • joey4id - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      That’s no excuse. Pens have been winning without 11 regular players out of the line up.

      • drewzducks - Dec 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        Except when they were embarrassed this past Monday by these same Sens. And of course losing 2 of 3 to the Bruins.

      • joey4id - Dec 29, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        exactly. they played horribly bad. Don’t blame it on injuries.

    • joey4id - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      And Ott was w/o Spezza.

      • shaundre93 - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        You’re right, the bruins MUST win every game! I don’t care if Tuukka, Bergeron and krejci go out. NO EXCUSES!! How dare they lose the second of a back to back when they had to rush players by car to the game after the sudden loss of their top 2 d men. How dare they lose in general. Unacceptable. Other teams are injured too, so these injuries can’t possibly effect the team, shame on anyone who says otherwise.!

      • joey4id - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        Yep! Krug screwed up at the blue line because of the injuries and some player was rushed in by car. Stop whining.

      • joey4id - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        And Rask was off his game for the same reasons. Bruins need to stop rushing players to games by car.

      • theskinsman - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        And yet the Bruins are still on top, and own the pens.Go figure.

      • joey4id - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Exactly! The Bs have a very good team, excellent coaching staff, and a very good system. Nothing wrong in saying we played bad and lost. No need to resort to lame excuses like injuries or players being rushed to the game. Take your wins with humility, and loses like a man. Stop whining. Injuries are part of the game. Always have been, and always will be.

  3. bencia823 - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    I think it’s kind of funny that this article assumes that Chara (of the 7 Bruins D-men with 25+ games, he is 2nd to last in +/-) would have been such a shutdown defender in this situation…

    • shaundre93 - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      I think its funny you put so much value in +/-. Shea Weber is -12 or something, gonna tell me he’s a bad defender? Charas not quite what he was a few years ago, but he’s still the best shutdown defender in the game

      • bencia823 - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        +/- is the most quantifiable measure for defense, and in case you didn’t notice, my point was his ranking on his specific team, not the league as a whole. The fact that he is so low on the team ranking despite the fact that the other 6 play on front of the same goalie and behind the same forwards shows that he’s not as dominant as people make him out to be.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 29, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Your top D-man is on the ice for a lot of minutes. More likely to be on for a goal than your bottom pairing who plays a lot less. Top D-man kills penalties. Your team is generally not scoring, and often getting scored on. Top D-man plays against the top guys on the other side, who do a lot of scoring.

      • bencia823 - Dec 29, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        Along with playing against the opponent’s top players, the top d-men also play with their best teammates. Chara has the benefit of playing behind a scoring line that can give his +/- a boost, while other d-men play behind a checking line that does little to add to the + column. PPG’s do not effect +/- if you were killing the penalty, so that point is irrelevant.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 29, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        I actually did not know that about the PPGs. Another explanation might be that the Bruins play more of a four-line game than most teams that rely on their top line or top six. Regardless, I have a tough time devaluing Chara based on his +/- stat.

  4. nhstateline - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Ryan made a great play, not every NHL player could do what he did in that situation. As for Mr. Krug’s rough night, maybe he had something to do with it, maybe they were asking a lot more of him given the circumstances. He’s played with both Chara and Seidenberg this year and suddenly he was playing with neither of them thus making him more vulnerable. Playing young d men means putting up with mistakes, it’s just a natural part of their development. Still, Ryan made a great play…..

  5. nunan - Dec 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Everyone relax. The Bs have been dominating despite the injuries. They lose one game and you people say things like ‘no excuses’. Clearly these injuries haven’t affected them as much as some of you haters would like. Best team in the East (hence the domination of the other top teams).

  6. theskinsman - Dec 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Joey4id, here was my post:
    ‘Chara and Seidenberg missing and Rask being way off was the difference.I saw a lot of mistakes made with the young guys filling in, but they’ll get it together.’
    Please have someone who understands English read it to you slowly and explain it. There was no whining, no excuses. That’s for pens fans to explain why their team keeps losing to the Bruins.

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