A depleted, weak and injured Boston Bruins team suffered a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, Dec. 28.
On Friday, at TD Garden, Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg injured the ACL and MCL in his right knee when a bad collision resulted in him having to leave the game.
The Bruins concluded that game with a lopsided victory, 5-0.
The very next night, the defense was short-handed in the 4-3 loss because captain Zdeno Chara was not on the ice for the Bruins either. Defenseman Zach Trotman was called up to assist on the defensive end.
A couple of less experienced defensemen did not hold back Boston’s fight, though.
Five minutes after Senators’ Patrick Wiercioch goal, Daniel Paille loaded a wrist shot into the back of the net.
Unfortunately, the Senators capitalized on the defense by applying tremendous pressure, leading to a tip-in goal by Cory Conacher two minutes later.
The beginning of the second period brought the Bruins an opportunity to tie up the game. On the power play, the Bruins found themselves struggling to keep the puck down low. Senator Erik Condra gobbled up a lost puck by Jarome Iginla, then dished off a pass into the skates of Zack Smith who quickly gathered it and snuck it past Tuukka Rask in net.
Iginla made up for his miscue later in the period, however.
About six minutes remained in the period when Iginla tipped in a shot from Milan Lucic to close the gap to one. David Krejci assisted on the goal, increasing his number of assists to 26.
The offense was not done yet.
David Warsofky, who has been in the line-up the previous three games, exhibited the need for him on the roster by scoring his first NHL career goal. His goal came six minutes into the third period, tying the game up at three. Although the goal did not end up collect any points from the game, the goal signified the presence a tough, gritty and always-battling Bruin team.
The Bruins take on the New York Islanders next on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 7 p.m. EST. Click over to NESN to catch the action.