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
"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
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.
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