Senators Impeach Impuissant Bruins, 5-1

There was only one winning Senator in Massachusetts on Tuesday, January 19 – but on January 18, every Senator at the TD Garden could claim victory as the Ottawa Senators filibustered the Boston Bruins, 5-1.  You could say that Tim Thomas‘ luck was due to run out, as he had gone 11-0-0 in his last 11 starts against Ottawa with a 1.43 GAA and .946 save percentage.  In fact, Thomas was pulled in favor of Tuukka Rask after the Senators went up 3-0 in the second period. Daniel Alfredsson was in the Senators’ lineup for his second game after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury, and his ninth career hat trick would lead the way as the Senators dominated the Bruins from the outset.

Daniel Paille‘s sixth goal would account for all the Bruins’ offense on this afternoon.

This goal by Jonathan Cheechoo sums up he afternoon for the B’s, as the referee throws a beautiful pick on Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman to allow Cheechoo to walk in alone and score Ottawa’s fifth goal of the game:

This was a weak effort all around by the Bruins.  I realize they had fatigue issues after catching the red-eye

back from their 3-game west coast trip, but you can’t use that excuse in today’s NHL.  They have now lost five of six games, and stand seventh in the Eastern conference – only six points ahead of 13th place Tampa Bay.  Marc Savard is another couple of weeks away from returning, so the Bruins have to find a way to keep the ship afloat until that time.

Currently they look as confused as Dick Clark  counting down on New Year’s Eve:

The Bruins face the Columbus Blue Jackets this Thursday night at the Garden.  The Blue Jackets coaching staff, and fantasy owners everywhere, are wondering if rookie goaltending phenom Steve Mason will return to last season’s form.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, the Senators will return to the Garden for a re-match matinee.

The Bruins hope to feel more like Scott Brown, and less like Martha Coakley after this game against the Senators.

Good Omen?

The last time a Republican Senator was elected in Massachusetts was 1972Scott Brown repeated this rare feat in 2010.

The last time the Bruins won the Stanley Cup was 1972.

A horse can dream, can’t he?

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Here’s Dick Clark in better days – a cameo on Police Squad from the early 1980’s:

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