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Bruins clip Senators, 2-1, in overtime
Video replay confirmed that the puck crossed the line at 3:38 of overtime, giving the Bruins a 2-1 win before 17,565 at TD Garden. It was a comforting end to a grind — the kind that always seems to take place after returning from a road trip. The Bruins were coming off a 4-1 road swing that ended with four straight wins.

“You come back home from all that, it always seems like a challenge,” said coach Claude Julien. “We didn’t have our A-game tonight. A lot of it was because I didn’t think we skated as well as we’re used to skating. We were second on the puck on a lot of occasions. It made it a little bit tougher for us to come up with a win. Again, you’ve got to give your guys credit for battling through it and finding ways.


Julien confident in Rask
“Right now,’’ said Boston coach Claude Julien, “no doubt I have the same confidence in him.’’

“He’s got the opportunity to be a No. 1,’’ said veteran pivot Patrice Bergeron, who ticked home a Dennis Seidenberg wrister for the winner in OT. “So you want him to thrive on it. He’s grabbed it and he’s running with it.’’


Broken play snaps streak
a broken play halted the Bruins’ streak. At 14:38, just before Shawn Thornton was set to finish serving a too many men infraction, Ottawa’s Jim O’Brien beat Tuukka Rask to tie the game at 1-1.

It didn’t help that seconds earlier, Rask had stuffed Kaspars Daugavins on a breakaway.

“That’s the worst for a goalie, when you make a big save or a couple big saves, then it just finds a way in the net,” Rask said. “Those are the worst.”


B’s slip one home in OT .
“I don’t think we saw a pretty goal of the three, so I guess it was fitting,” said B’s coach Claude Julien.

That last night’s game was going to be a taffy pull was easily predictable. The Bruins were coming off a five-game road trip and the Senators, decimated by injuries to top players Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson, Milan Michalek and goalie Craig Anderson, have been playing a gritty but ultraconservative style of game to stay within the playoff structure.


Bruins use typical grit, ugliness to knock off Senators .
“Three of us thought for sure (the tip was in),’’ Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference said sheepishly after the issue had been officially adjudicated by a study of the replay that for a moment left the sellout crowd of 17,565 standing in silence, waiting for what Bergeron thought was a foregone conclusion but one of the referees had denied him.

“All three of us were basically positive,’’ Ference said. “Not on the initial one but the second (when it appeared Lehner himself finished the job by nudging Bergeron’s deflection across the goal line as he reached back to try and swat it away).


Daniel Alfredsson likely staying in Ottawa .
Right now, the man they call Alfie, who has 4-7-11 totals in 21 games, doesn’t expect to go the route of the Bruins icon.

“I haven’t thought anything about what my own situation will be or me being here,” said Alfredsson. “I’ve been asked the questions before and I understand there are going to be rumors. But for me, my focus this year is with this team, especially where we’re continuing to get points, and get into the playoffs. And that’s what everybody wants, get a chance to go to the playoffs.”

Is he hoping to end his career with the only NHL team he’s known?

“I’ve been here so long I can’t see anything else, but also I never say never. And don’t read anything into me saying that,” said Alfredsson with a chuckle. “I just feel that this is where I belong and I’m having a lot of fun with this team, especially this year.”

Sluggish B’s find a way again .
You might say the Bruins won by an inch last night at the Garden — except it wasn’t that much.

A far from scintillating affair, which might have been a 1-1 tie that satisfied both teams in the NHL’s old days, turned into a B’s victory when a puck deflected in overtime by Patrice Bergeron squeezed through Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner. It dribbled oh so slowly, just barely across the goal line. A half-inch far enough to extend their winning streak to five games.


Bruins open homestand with tough overtime win against Ottawa Senators
Everyone knows they’ll play great defense. Most everyone has been convinced they’ll get consistently excellent goaltending from Tuukka Rask, and that he and the team’s penalty-killers will work together to thwart somewhere around 90 percent of their opponents’ power plays. The B’s can certainly score more goals, but they’ll probably still almost always be in close games and quite often win them.

The great unknown: What kind of team will the Bruins be at home?


Dougie Hamilton not discouraged by drop in playing time
He played 14 minutes on Feb. 17 at Winnipeg, then a season-low 10 minutes on Feb. 21 at Tampa Bay, before slowly gaining minutes back.

Hamilton’s confidence wasn’t damaged.

“When we’re winning, no, not really,” he said. “It’s about the team here. So whatever it takes for the team to win, I’m good with that.

“We’ve had close games and I’m a 19-year-old,” he said. “It’s kind of understandable that it happened.

“I’m a rookie. At the start I was getting a lot of ice, but (defenseman Adam McQuaid) was just coming back from being injured. (Dennis Seidenberg, Hamilton’s partner, also lost two games in January to a lower body injury.) Now, everybody’s healthy and going, and I still have a lot to learn.


Rask playing like real No. 1 for Bruins
Rask patiently waited his turn, serving as understudy or injury replacement each of his first three seasons in Boston before finally getting his chance to be a No. 1 netminder when Thomas headed for the hills.

“He wanted to be here, and he was willing to suck it up, as they say, and wait for his turn,” coach Claude Julien said before the game. “He got that opportunity, and he’s just doing exactly what we were anticipating he would do.

“The only thing that’s left for him now is to prove it — prove it over 15 games, prove it over a whole season, and then the playoffs. There are still some things for him to show. We’ve got the confidence in him — now he’s got to go out and show it.”


Boston would love Daniel Alfredsson on their team
Of course, that didn't stop reporters from asking Bruins if the 40-year-old winger would be a good fit in their room.
"Oh yeah ... definitely," said Milan Lucic. "(Alfredsson) has a lot of playoff experience. If we could get him, that would a huge addition to our hockey club and group of forwards."



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Thanks for the links....some good reading in there!

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Now to some degree it is the expected answer, but I liked Dougie's responses to the questions about playing time.

He is a 19 year old with a lot to learn, but from my perspective the kid should be playing almost the entire PP.

And who on the Bruins wouldn't want Alfie-I still think him leaving Ottawa is just talk-my guess is he isn't leaving Ottawa before he retires unless Ottawa makes him go.

Man doesn't play like he is 40 though.

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