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Sunday, 29 December 2013 13:27

Depleted Boston Bruins fall short in Ottawa

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Ottawa, Ontario – As the old saying goes, when it rains it pours. For the Boston Bruins right now, things are starting to feel more like a monsoon as the injuries continue to pile up and the squad that takes the ice on a nightly basis is looking more and more like the Providence Bruins. Friday night the B’s suffered a devastating blow, losing stalwart defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a season ending torn ACL. Just before taking the ice last night in the back end of their home and home with the Senators, we learned that both Carl Soderberg and captain Zdeno Chara were day-to-day with undisclosed injuries.

And so it goes.

After an impressive 5-0 route of the Sens the night before in Boston, the Bruins were hoping to complete the sweep and regain the top spot in the Eastern Conference. They were going to have to do it with a crew of guys who started the year in Providence, though, with so many of their regulars out of the lineup.

The latest injuries forced GM Peter Chiarelli to call up and insert d-men Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky and forward Nick Johnson to fill the empty roster spots. For Trotman, it was his NHL debut, and for the other two it marked their second call-ups of the year.

Despite a valiant effort by all those that dawned the spoked-B in Ottawa last night, the Bruins fell just short, falling to the Senators 4-3 thanks to a late game-winner from Bobby Ryan.

Dan Paille scored a pretty goal in the first, but the Senators maintained a 2-1 lead heading into the second period. The Sens stretched the lead to 3-1 less than a minute into the period with a shorthanded goal, but Boston answered back 13-minutes later when the red hot Jarome Iginla banged home a nice feed from Milan Lucic for his 12th goal of the year, making it 3-2. Warsofsky tied the game up early in the third period, scoring his first career NHL goal, but it was Ryan’s late marker that proved to be the difference.

Boston will look to bounce back on New Years Eve as they welcome in the New York Islanders.