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Ryan’s shootout winner helps Sens top Bruins

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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.

Video: Bruins’ Cunningham scores first NHL goal

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Boston Bruins forward Craig Cunningham scored his first NHL goal Saturday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators.

The goal, which came shorthanded, opened the scoring for the Bruins.

The 24-year-old is playing in his seventh career NHL game.

Originally Boston’s fourth-round pick (97th overall) in 2010, Cunningham is playing his fifth game of the season today.

Report: Sens’ Phillips a healthy scratch vs. Boston

Chris Phillips will be a healthy scratch Saturday afternoon when the Ottawa Senators visit the Boston Bruins.

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Phillips’ scratch is a “coaches decision”.

The 36-year-old has two assists in 23 games this season to go along with a minus-2 rating while averaging over 22 minutes a night in ice time.

Phillips has been a minus in consecutive games and saw his ice time drop below 18 minutes for just the second time this season in Ottawa’s 5-3 loss to the Kings on Thursday night.

Patrick Wiercioch will replace Phillips in the lineup.

The asking price for Detroit to get Tyler Myers is reportedly…

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From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, it’s…

…prospect Dylan Larkin, a roster player along the lines of a Riley Sheahan or Tomas Jurco, and a first-round pick. 

Debate among yourselves whether Myers is worth that. Assuming the report is accurate, GM Ken Holland has no doubt been debating it with his own people.

Personally? I’d like to hear what Mike Babcock thinks. The man who may or may not be back behind Detroit’s bench next season (he’s still undecided), has worked with some of the best defensemen to play the game. From the numerous years he coached Nicklas Lidstrom (a.k.a. the “Perfect Human”), to the pair of Olympics with Canada’s star-studded blue lines, is anyone more qualified to give an opinion on what makes a great d-man?

Because despite the tough times Myers has experienced since his Calder Trophy season in 2009-10, there are still some who believe he could be a dominant defenseman in the NHL. Remember, he’s still only 24. Zdeno Chara didn’t become the Zdeno Chara we know today until around that age, right after he was traded by the Islanders to the Senators.

At the very least, we know Babcock would like that Myers shoots right. It’s all the other stuff I’m curious about.

Report: No hearing for Seidenberg after Toews hit

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Boston blueliner Dennis Seidenberg won’t have a disciplinary hearing for his hit that forced Chicago’s Jonathan Toews from Thursday night’s game, per multiple sources:

The incident occurred midway through the second frame, with Seidenberg receiving a boarding minor on the play:

According to a subsequent report, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety was said to be reviewing the hit for possible supplementary discipline. Following the game, B’s head coach Claude Julien said some of the onus was on Toews to protect himself from the hit.

“A player’s job is to finish his check. So a player should know he’s going to be hit and I think it’s not about tonight, it’s about the whole league,” Julien said, per MetroWest Daily News. “I’m one of those guys that have really put a lot of pressure on people that look at those kind of things and say listen, it’s okay to take away those hits from behind when they’re warranted, but what about the other guy? Does he not have a responsibility?

“Certainly don’t like seeing those kinds of things, but this is where it’s important to take care of ourselves. So, I view that five-on-three we’re going to close a gap quickly and Dennis is a strong individual. So is he supposed to get weak because of that situation? Or he just plays to his strength. Again, I wasn’t happy. I looked at it and it could be arguable, but from my end of it, I think it’s what it is. Our guys need to finish their checks and sure, you’ve got to be careful, but I’m sure [Toews] knew [Seidenberg] was coming.”