NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Boston |
(Tuesday, December 30th)
Final Score: Ottawa 3, Boston 0
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Todd White, Marian Hossa and Antoine Vermette
scored goals and Martin Prusek stopped all 24 shots he faced, as the Ottawa
Senators blanked the Boston Bruins, 3-0, at the FleetCenter.
Prusek made 11 saves in the first period, nine more in the second and just
four in the third en route to his second shutout of the year. Ottawa improved
to 5-0-2 in its last seven games.
Andrew Raycroft turned aside 23 shots for Boston, which fell to 1-5-2 in its
last eight contests.
White gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead when he scored shorthanded with 5:33 remaining in
the first period. Boston's Dan McGillis fed a pass to teammate Sean O'Donnell
behind his own net, but the puck caromed off O'Donnell's skate and went out in
front to White, who stuffed a backhander through the legs of Raycroft for his
sixth tally of the year.
Boston's Brian Rolston appeared to tie the contest with just under two minutes
left in the period, but the goal was disallowed after replays showed that
Rolston used a kicking motion to re-direct the puck into the net.
The Senators then took command with a pair of goals 34 seconds apart in the
Hossa made it 2-0 at 4:41 of the frame. Bryan Smolinski's shot was stopped by
Raycroft, but the Ottawa center picked up his own rebound, skated behind the
net and found Hossa in the right corner. Hossa then fired a shot from a tough
angle that deflected off the goaltender and into the net for his 16th of the
Vermette increased the margin to three goals at 5:15, as he took a centering
pass from Radek Bonk, deked to the backhand and slid the puck past Raycroft
for his fourth goal of the season.
Boston fell to 0-5-4 in its last nine games as the host. It marks the first
time that the Bruins have gone winless in nine consecutive home games in one
season since the 1962-63 campaign...Each team went 0-for-5 on the power
play...Ottawa improved to 4-0-2 in its last six road contests...The Senators
are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games against the Bruins...Boston suffered its
fifth shutout at home this season.
12/30 21:58:27 ET