Boston Bruins impress in final game before Olympic break

It was the last game for both the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators before the two-week break for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  On Saturday afternoon in Boston however it seemed like the Senators thought the break had already started.  In a game that could of potential put Ottawa in the top-8 of the Eastern Conference standings with a win they had no answer for Boston.  The Bruins found open ice all game in the offensive zone and for the majority of the afternoon encountered little to no resistance in the neutral zone.

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Erik Karlsson and the other Ottawa skaters did not want to compete against the Bruins. (Photo credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Bruins came out in the first period and managed to do basically anything they wanted on both the offensive and defensive sides of the puck.  Boston scored twice in the period, both on similar give-and-go type plays.

Their first goal came on the power-play and started in their own zone with a good pass by Dougie Hamilton to Loui Eriksson in the neutral zone.  Eriksson then found Patrice Bergeron who entered the Senators zone and passed it to Carl Soderberg on his left.  As the pass left Bergeron’s stick, he saw an opening between the two Ottawa defensemen and skated towards goal.  Soderberg’s pass back to Bergeron as he was nearing the goal was a little bit too far in front of him, but Bergeron was able to reach his stick out with one hand and gain control of the puck right in front of Craig Anderson and he wristed it past the Ottawa goalie.  It was the 15 goal of the season for Patrice.

The second goal of the period was another give-and-go play, but this time it was a tip-in by Chris Kelly on a pass from David Warsofsky.  It was another example of how disinterested in the game the Ottawa skaters looked to be.  Kelly easily got behind the one Senators defensemen that was back and was in good position for the tip-in past Anderson.  For Kelly, it was his first goal in 28 games.

Things did not get much better for Ottawa in the second and third periods as the Bruins continued to pile it on against a team that clearly did not have their hearts in the game.

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Patrice Bergeron’s second goal was a thing of beauty. (Photo credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Bergeron netted his second goal of the game early in the second period by embarrassing both Erik Karlsson and the goalie Anderson.  After getting Karlsson to stand up like a statue in front of Anderson with a shot fake, Bergeron again held onto the puck and got Anderson to commit to the shot.  As Anderson dove for the puck, Bergeron easily skated around him and stuffed the puck in the net backhand for the 3-0 lead.  Bergeron’s second goal was a microcosm of the game, as Karlsson and Anderson looked completely outmatched on the play.

Up 3-0 early in the second, the Bruins cruised to a 7-2 victory.  The seven goals were the most scored in a game this season by Boston as twelve different skaters had at least a point.  It is hard to imagine any team in the NHL feeling better than the Bruins are heading into the Olympic break after the performance they put on today.

For Bruins players that are going to Sochi, it is an opportunity to play for their nation on the world stage, and for those who did not make it onto their countries rosters, it is a chance to rest up for the remaining 25 games of the regular season.