Defensemen make difference for Senators in tying series with Bruins

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Injuries are hurting the Boston Bruins, especially on defense. The Ottawa Senators’ defensemen put a hurt on the Bruins in Game 2, too.

Despite being hobbled himself, Erik Karlsson made a scintillating assist to send the contest into overtime.

Zdeno Chara‘s delay of game penalty came in the waning moments of regulation, and while the decisive goal wasn’t technically during a power play, Boston was in an awkward spot for Dion Phaneuf‘s hard shot.

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Boom. Just like that, the Senators rallied back from a two-goal deficit with three unanswered goals, tying the series at 1-1 after a 4-3 overtime win.

The Bruins managed to grab home-ice advantage in the series by taking Game 1, but there’s no denying that it must burn to realize that they held a two-goal lead (and a chance at a 2-0 series advantage) heading into the third period.

They’ll need to dig deep as the series shifts to Boston, much like Ottawa did in getting back into it with this Game 2 win.

VIDEO: Craig Anderson’s gaffe helps Bruins regain lead

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After a slow start to Game 2 of their first-round series on Saturday, the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators had a pretty chaotic three minute stretch in the second period that saw the teams combine for three goals.

Just one minute after Drew Stafford struck first to give the Bruins the lead, Ottawa’s Clark MacArthur scored his first goal since returning to the lineup following his recovery from a concussion to tie the game at one. The excitement in Ottawa lasted for just a couple of minutes because only two minutes after that Senators goalie Craig Anderson ventured out his net to play the puck, turned it over, and was badly caught out of position allowing Tim Schaller to help Boston regain the lead.

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You can see the sequence in the video above.

Patrice Bergeron added another goal for the Bruins later in the period to give them a 3-1 lead.

 

Colin Miller will not play for Bruins in Game 2

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The Boston Bruins’ already shorthanded defense will take another hit on Saturday afternoon when Colin Miller will not be available for Game 2 of their series against the Ottawa Senators.

Miller played only seven minutes in the Bruins’ Game 1 win and had to exit the game after he was hit by Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki.

For a Bruins team that is already playing without Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo. That is not an ideal situation, and it resulted in rookie Charlie McAvoy playing more than 24 minutes (second on the team, behind only Zdeno Chara) in his NHL debut on Wednesday.

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With Miller out of the lineup, Joe Morrow will draw in.

Here is what the defense pairings will look like on Saturday.

The Bruins are also without veteran forward David Krejci for a second consecutive game, as announced by Cassidy on Friday.

Cassidy said that both Krejci and Miller remain listed as “day-to-day.”

Bruins swap backups by bringing in Subban, but Rask should be fine

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At the moment, the Boston Bruins recalling a goalie on an “emergency basis” isn’t anywhere near as bad as it sounds.

That’s how the move is labeled as the Bruins bring up Malcolm Subban and demote¬†Zane McIntyre to the AHL on Friday, but the move could easily be just to get McIntyre some seasoning.

The Bruins face the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, and reporters such as NHL.com’s Amalie Benjamin indicate that this isn’t a bad sign for Tuukka Rask. It likely comes down to who will back up Rask’s backup.

Considering all of the bad injury news for the Bruins lately, this seems instead to be more of a paperwork move.

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In case you’re wondering about Subban’s development as the 24th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, he’s been solid in the AHL … just not as impressive as McIntyre at that level.

Subban: 11-14-1 with a respectable .917 save percentage in 32 games with Providence; allowed one goal on 13 shots in an abbreviated NHL appearance.

McIntyre: .935 save percentage with 21-4-1 record in AHL; 0-4-1 with .858 save percentage in shaky NHL showings.

It’s promising that McIntyre’s been so solid with Providence, but judging by his struggles with the big club, the narrative that the Bruins are going “Rask or bust” still fits regardless of who suits up as the No. 2 for now.

Bruins rule out Krejci for Game 2, Colin Miller unlikely

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Boston’s depleted defense looks like it’ll be thinned out even more.

On Friday, B’s head coach Bruce Cassidy said that d-man Colin Miller would be unlikely for tomorrow’s Game 2 against the Sens, and ruled out top center David Krejci for a second straight contest.

Krejci’s absence doesn’t come as a surprise. As mentioned, he sat out Wednesday’s series-opening victory and has yet to return to practice while dealing with an upper-body injury.

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Miller’s absence comes after he was knocked out of Game 1 on a hit from Sens d-man Mark Borowiecki. That injury came with fellow blueliners Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo already on the shelf, meaning the Bruins are now looking at a potential six-man defense comprised of Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Adam McQuaid, John-Michael Liles, Kevan Miller and Joe Morrow.

Morrow is the likely candidate to replace Miller, if the latter is indeed ruled out. It’ll be a tall ask of the 24-year-old, who hasn’t played since Jan. 22.

That said, Cassidy hasn’t ruled out recalling a blueliner from AHL Providence.