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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Ottawa

(Tuesday, January 5th)

Final Score: Boston 4, Ottawa 1

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Blake Wheeler scored twice and added an assist as the Boston Bruins jumped on the Ottawa Senators early to help notch an eventual 4-1 win at Scotiabank Place.

David Krejci and Mark Recchi each posted a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have won six of their last eight games. Tim Thomas was solid in net with 27 saves.

"Our goaltending has been superb this year. We like to pride ourselves in giving our goalies as much help as we can. We wanted to limit Tim's workload tonight and he did a great job," said Wheeler.

Boston played without the services of forward Patrice Bergeron after it was announced earlier in the day that he's expected to be out of the lineup 2-to-3 weeks with a right hand injury. Bergeron took a hard shot from teammate Dennis Wideman off his thumb in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers.

Filip Kuba had the lone goal for the Senators, who came into the game winners in four of five overall and were searching for their first three-game win streak since a successful four-game stretch in mid-November.

Brian Elliott was yanked after giving up four goals on 16 shots in nearly 14 minutes between the pipes. Pascal Leclaire, who was pulled for Elliot in Sunday's 7-4 triumph over Philadelphia after yielding three goals on 10 shots, made 19 saves the rest of the way.

Ottawa closed out a five-game homestand at 3-2-0.

"We just have to be smart with the puck, and we didn't really generate much offensively at all. It's not enough. We need more from everyone, myself included," said Ottawa forward Mike Fisher.

The B's took an early lead by crashing the net as Wheeler tied up an Ottawa player in front and got his stick on a centering pass by Andrew Ference for a deflection goal just 1:46 in.

It was quickly a 2-0 game less than five minutes later after more persistent work around the net yielded Krejci's deflection of a Johnny Boychuk backhander on the power play to finish off a scrum at the crease.

Wheeler got his second of the game at 11:37, stationing himself in front for a screen of Elliot and tipping a Krejci point shot up and in for a 3-0 margin.

Recchi came through with a power-play marker a little more than two minutes later, flipping a loose puck over a sprawled Elliot to end the goaltender's night prematurely.

Kuba's power-play goal 2:41 into the second served as the middle stanza's lone score. Thomas and the Bruins' defense took care of the rest. Thomas finished with 16 saves over the final 40 minutes.

Game Notes

Boston has won all four meetings with the Sens this year and has taken 11 of the last 12 in the series -- that includes wins in six of the last seven in Ottawa...Ottawa came in with one goal in its previous 33 power-play chances and ended 1-for-5 with the man advantage...Boston scored twice in five chances with an extra attacker...The Sens' stout home mark fell to 16-7-3 with the loss. Ottawa will play six of its next seven games on the road starting Thursday in Washington...The Bruins improved their road record to 9-7-4 and return home for the next two tests beginning Thursday against Chicago...Boychuk had two assists for Boston.

01/06 01:52:58 ET

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