Boston Bruins defeat Ottawa Senators, 2-0
OTTAWA - The Marc Savard and Michael Ryder combination, sluggish during their two-game union against Toronto and Chicago, has been shelved again.
Last night, Bruins coach Claude Julien took Ryder off the No. 1 line and reunited him with David Krejci and Blake Wheeler, a potent threesome for much of 2008-09. To replace Ryder, Julien turned to another former Canadien, albeit one with less skill than the shoot-first right wing.
Steve Begin, step right up.
OTTAWA - Tim Thomas stopped all 29 pucks he saw. Zdeno Chara, in 26:17 of ice time, neutralized every offensive threat that came his way. Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winning goal. Marc Savard set up Marco Sturm for the second goal.
On a night when the Bruins were aiming to bust up a four-game winless streak, their best and highest-paid players (Thomas, Chara, Bergeron, and Savard earn a collective $22.25 million) were their best players. Appropriately, the Bruins b...