Maybe it’s losing in overtime thanks to Bobby Ryan’s odd game-winner. Perhaps it’s the added frustration of settling for “charity” points in the last two games. Most likely, it could be the unfamiliar sensation of being just OK, as the Boston Bruins are merely 19-15-5 to start the season.
Either way, it seems like Tuukka Rask was very frustrated following Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators.
Next Impulse’s Pete Blackburn shared this moment of frustration from Rask:
Apparently the 27-year-old had other, choicer words to other sources.
Cam Neely clearly wasn’t pleased after that OT defeat, either.
That said, Rask at least tried to put on a brave face after venting, as CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports.
“I feel like this is the biggest mountain we’ve had to climb, but we’re not going to give up the fight,” Rask said.
Bobby Ryan worked hard and put his body on the line on Monday night, helping the Ottawa Senators even beyond scoring his first hat trick in almost four years.
That hat trick still makes for the best video, of course, so check out his trio of goals in Ottawa’s 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres:
This marks the fourth hat trick of Ryan’s career, and as TSN’s Ian Mendes points out, it’s his first since Jan. 12, 2011.
Was it about a lack of preparation for the Anaheim Ducks or the improving play of the Ottawa Senators’ most promising young players?
That may be a matter of opinion, yet the line of Mike Hoffman, Mika Zibanejad and Bobby Ryan had a big night on Saturday in powering Ottawa to a 6-2 win against Anaheim.
Signs of a strong set for the future?
Zibanejad had a goal and an assist, Ryan collected two assists and Hoffman scored two goals. (Ryan’s expected partner-in-crime Kyle Turris wasn’t too shabby in his own right, collecting two tallies, including a shorthanded goal.)
Ottawa might be most excited about what could very well be a breakout for Zibanejad, the sixth pick of the 2011 NHL Draft. It’s not merely a matter of crediting a coaching change alone, either, as the 21-year-old has 11 points in nine December contests.
The line was strong enough that the Senators’ official Twitter feed was crowing about it:
Tough night for Anaheim
It represents a rare loss for the Ducks, who admitted that it was pretty ugly at times.
Indeed, the Ducks seem disgusted by their efforts as Bruce Boudreau said “we weren’t ready” and Ryan Getzlaf was frustrated by their overall play.
Ultimately, Ilya Bryzgalov’s first Ducks start since Nov. 7, 2007 was a dud, as he allowed six goals on 31 shots.
Many will note that Anaheim seems to lose ugly when it does fall; the Ducks’ last loss was also a 6-2 decision on a rough night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Matt Moulson scored the shootout winner as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Ottawa Senators 5-4 Monday night.
Buffalo has now won four straight and 10 of 13.
The loss drops the Sens to 0-1-2 under head coach Dave Cameron.
After Bobby Ryan opened the scoring in the first, the Sabres scored three straight in the second.
Rasmus Ristolainen tied it 1-1, Moulson netted his seventh of the season and Marcus Foligno gave Buffalo a 3-1 lead.
Mark Stone pulled Ottawa to within one with 6:18 remaining in the second.
Curtis Lazar scored his first career NHL goal tying it 3-3 at 2:02 of the third.
Alex Chiasson gave Ottawa its’ second lead of the night just over three minutes later.
However, Brian Flynn tied it 4-4 to force overtime at 16:31 of the final frame.
Jhonas Enroth improved to 10-10-1 with a 29 save effort. Robin Lehner stopped 29 shots in the loss.
The Ottawa Senators battled back from two one-goal deficits to top the Boston Bruins 3-2 in a shootout Saturday afternoon.
Bobby Ryan, who had a highlight-reel goal against the L.A. Kings on Thursday, had another beauty for the shootout winner.
Ottawa has now won two of three while Boston has lost two in a row and five of six.
Craig Cunningham opened the scoring for the Bruins, shorthanded, with his first career NHL goal.
After Mika Zibanejad tied it at 1-1 early in the second, Loui Eriksson gave Boston a 2-1 lead.
David Legwand knotted it at 2-2 early in the third, with a power play marker, setting up overtime.
The Boston Bruins got a scare late in the third period as Patrice Bergeron took a slash from Mike Hoffman in the hand and and left the game momentarily, but he returned for overtime.
Sens veteran defenseman Chris Phillips was a healthy scratch.
Robin Lehner made 29 saves to improve to 6-4-1 on the season while Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots in the loss.