Wins have not come easily or typically for the Ottawa Senators this season, however Monday night they found a method to beat among the leading groups in the league.
"We played a quite solid video game," said Nilsson. "We came out and played an actually excellent very first duration and that set the tone for the remainder of the game for us."
The win was Ottawa's (13-17-1) initially over the Bruins (20-5-6) since April 6, 2017.
Chris Tierney, Artem Anisimov and Jean-Gabriel Pageau likewise scored for the Senators, who were playing their first house video game given that returning from a five-game road trip (1-4-0).
Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk scored for the Bruins, who were playing the first of 4 road video games. Tuukka Rask made 23 conserves in his very first loss in regulation given that Nov. 8.
Bruins all of a sudden scuffling
The Bruins are now 0-2-1 in their last 3 and have lost back-to-back video games in policy for the very first time this season.
"We're going through a hard stretch in regards to getting our energy level where it needs to be," stated Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "If you're not competing hard on the puck, around the puck, on the puck in this league you're not going to beat any person. Ottawa was simply much better than us, they won more races and they were more competitive early on."
The Bruins were 1 for 5 with the guy benefit and are just 2 for 17 through their last 5.
"At the start of the year our power play was bring us," Cassidy stated. "A night like (Monday) we probably get two on it early in the year and ends up being the difference in the video game and maybe a timely save blended in there, today you put those 2 things not going in there and all of a sudden we're in the loss column."
Leading 3-1 to start the third, the Senators did an excellent task of including the Bruins, who were pushing to close the gap.
With the Bruins on the power play, Rask was pulled for a 6 on 4 benefit, but Pageau was able to select off a pass and break in for an empty-net goal to seal the win with simply under 3 minutes remaining.
Nilsson offered lots of credit to those in front of him who obstructed shots and found ways to cut lanes. In the end the Senators had 29 obstructed shots.
"It's fantastic as a goalie to stand back there and see when the men are playing so hard and sacrificing themselves and obstructing shots and battling through even when they're truly tired," Nilsson stated. "It was a terrific synergy and excellent job from everyone."
DeBrusk scored a power-play goal 43 seconds later throughout a scramble in front of Nilsson, however that was as close as the Bruins got as Duclair included another empty-net goal.
Duclair now has five goals and one help through his last 3 games. He was also on the ice late in the game and on the penalty kill, which is a brand-new experience for the 24-year-old.
"I'm getting a huge opportunity here and probably the most ice time I've gotten in my profession so I don't wish to take that for granted," stated Duclair. "I'm getting the self-confidence from the coaching staff and my colleagues here so I just wish to continue doing that."
Ottawa made it a two-goal video game early in the 2nd as Vladislav Namestnikov intercepted Rask's pass from behind the net and found Tierney, who took advantage to bury his fourth of the season and snap a 22-game goalless dry spell.
Boston failed to capitalize on 3 power-play chances in the second, with Nilsson deserving much of the credit after making some big conserves.
The Senators held a 2-1 lead after the very first 20 minutes.
Ottawa opened the scoring 1:35 into the video game when Dylan DeMelo made a stretch pass to Anisimov, who broke through the defence and sent a backhander over Rask's shoulder.
Duclair, with his 14th of the season, made it 2-0 as he took a Tierney pass in the slot to beat Rask glove side.
The Bruins cut the lead in half as Bergeron, who was making his return after missing out on the last 7 video games with a lower-body injury, took a cross ice pass from David Pastrnak and scored into a wide-open net.