OTTAWA — Dennis Seidenberg: out for the season.
Zdeno Chara: unavailable for the night because of an undisclosed injury.
Dougie Hamilton: sidelined for maybe another week.
Tuukka Rask: yanked after allowing three goals on 12 shots.
Zach Trotman: in for his NHL debut, just 30 minutes after arriving at the arena.
Despite all that, the Bruins were inches away from claiming at least 1 point on Saturday.
The Bruins had a 6-on-4 situation for the final 1:51 of regulation after Ottawa’s Zack Smith was called for a faceoff violation. Within that stretch, the Bruins ripped off 10 attempts, including four off the stick of Jarome Iginla, in hopes of tying the game. But only three landed on goal, and the Senators’ Craig Anderson smothered all three to lock up a 4-3 win.
“We had some good looks there with two minutes left,” Iginla said. “We moved it pretty well. Anderson made some good saves. We hit the side of the net. It just didn’t go.”
At 9:42 of the third, the Bruins thought they had taken the lead. Iginla, following up on Milan Lucic’s drive to the net, booted the puck across the line. It would have given the Bruins a 4-3 lead.
Lucic raised his hands in celebration. Iginla did not. Iginla had shifted his left skate to steer the puck past Anderson. Video review confirmed the no-goal call on the ice.
“I didn’t expect it to be a goal,” Iginla said. “You don’t know when you’re on the ice how the [kicking] motion is.”
The Bruins couldn’t score the go-ahead goal. About six minutes later, the Senators did.
Torey Krug was trying to hold the offensive blue line, but he couldn’t handle the puck. Krug’s opponent was Bobby Ryan, Ottawa’s most dangerous finisher. Ryan made Krug pay for the bobble.
Ryan pulled away and tricked Chad Johnson into thinking he was looking five-hole. Instead, Ryan went to his backhand and snapped the puck past Johnson at 15:25 for the winning goal.
“Just one of those plays where you get a bad break and it ends up in the back of the net,” said Krug, who was on the ice for three of Ottawa’s four goals. “It’s not fun to be on the bad side of that.”
Krug is a rookie. But in the context of the newbie defense, Krug was a veteran against Ottawa. On Saturday, Krug became the only defenseman to dress for all 39 games.
Krug’s blue-line company included two former Providence teammates whose travel plans could have been the foundation of a bad road-trip movie.
On Friday night, Providence had settled into Glens Falls, N.Y., in preparation for Saturday night’s game against Adirondack. That night, David Warsofsky got the news that because of Seidenberg’s injury, his presence would be required in Ottawa. But Warsofsky, as well as Nick Johnson (recalled because of Carl Soderberg’s unavailability because of concussion-like symptoms), didn’t have his passport.
With the help of assistant general manager Don Sweeney, who was scouting in Albany, N.Y., that night, Warsofsky and Johnson returned to Providence at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday. Later that morning, with their passports in hand, Warsofsky and Johnson flew to Ottawa from Boston. They arrived early enough in the afternoon for Warsofsky to take a nap.
The quick rest paid off.
In the third period, Warsofsky tied the game at 3 with his first career NHL goal. The Marshfield native rotated down to the right circle, considered his options, and ripped a slap shot past Anderson at 6:36.
“I felt a lot more comfortable tonight than I did in my first call-up,” said Warsofsky (two shots, three blocked shots in a career-high 18:23 of ice time). “I think that was a good thing. I just want to keep improving on that.”
There was no time to nap for Trotman. On Saturday, Trotman was pulled out of Providence’s morning skate. The Bruins needed him because of Chara’s condition. Trotman, who had his passport, took a cab from Glens Falls to the Canadian border.
“Luckily, I didn’t have to pick that one up, so I don’t know,” said Trotman with a smile when asked of the tab.
Once through customs, a car service hustled Trotman to the rink. Trotman arrived at 6:30 p.m. and stepped onto the ice just in time to take line rushes in warm-ups.
Trotman, wearing No. 42, logged 16:41 of ice time, including 3:06 on the No. 2 power-play unit. Trotman landed three shots and missed with two others.
“I don’t think I actually realized what was going on until about midway through the second period,” Trotman said. “By then, I was in the swing of things. I was just playing at that point — keeping it simple and getting my legs under me. It worked out all right.”
It was one of the Bruins’ loopier days. Johnson (17 saves) wasn’t even supposed to be in uniform. But Johnson dressed because the Bruins had to assign Niklas Svedberg to make room for their AHL reinforcements.
“It would have been nice to come out of here with at least a point,” said coach Claude Julien. “I thought we deserved that much with how hard we competed to get ourselves back in the game. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
“We had a lot of stuff happening today. Lot of scrambling to get players here on time. With all of that happening, I think our guys responded well.”