NHL Game Summary - Boston at Ottawa |
(Saturday, November 26th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Boston 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Jason Spezza had two goals and two assists to
lead the Ottawa Senators over the Boston Bruins, 4-2, at the Corel Centre.
Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson each had a goal and two assists and Dominik
Hasek made 22 saves for the Senators, who have won five straight games.
Heatley extended his season-opening points streak to 21 games. It is the
second-longest streak in NHL history from the start of a player's tenure with
a team. Wayne Gretzky set the record by scoring in his first 23 games with the
Los Angeles Kings (1988-89). Heatley has 17 goals and 20 assists during the
"We found chemistry pretty early," Spezza said. "Me and Danny from training
camp and Alfie is a guy who is so smart. We have played well together in the
past and it is nice that they have put us together and we want to keep it
Brad Isbister had a goal and an assist and Nick Boynton scored for the Bruins,
who have lost two in a row and eight of their last nine games. Andrew Raycroft
made 36 saves in the loss.
"We make it hard on ourselves in certain situations," Boston head coach Mike
Sullivan said. "We have opportunities to advance the puck, move the puck,
simple options, short options and we are looking for the better play and it is
costing us. You combine that with some avoidable penalties against a team like
this that has a potent power play and it is tough to win."
The Senators jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Spezza, 34 seconds into the
game. Heatley got the puck from Alfredsson and snapped a wrist shot from low
in the left circle. Raycroft made a right pad save, but the rebound went right
to Spezza on the left side and he smacked it in for his ninth goal of the
The Bruins would tie the game up on Isbister's fourth goal of the season with
6:15 left in the first. Brad Boyes brought the puck out of the Boston zone and
hit Isbister with a pass behind two defenders. Isbister went in on net and his
backhander went over Hasek's right shoulder.
Hal Gill took a slashing call towards the end of the first and Ottawa made
Boston pay just nine seconds into the second period.
Martin Havlat took the puck deep into the Bruins zone and threw a pass from
the left boards to Andrej Meszaros at the left point. Meszaros sent a hard
wrist shot to the net that was deflected by Spezza into the upper right corner
to give Ottawa the lead for good.
The Senators would take a 3-1 lead into the last period on a power-play goal
by Heatley. Spezza threw a shot on net and the puck would wind up behind the
net. Heatley picked it up and got the puck past Raycroft on a wraparound from
the right side of the net with 4:19 left in the second.
The Spezza-Heatley-Alfredsson line struck again in the third period. Spezza
caused a turnover in the neutral zone and got the puck to Heatley, who went in
on a 2-on-1 with Alfredsson. Heatley made a pass from the left circle to
Alfredsson at the right circle and his wrist shot beat Raycroft on the glove
side with 13:39 left in the game.
Boston got a goal by Boynton to make it 4-2, but that was with 20 seconds
Ottawa will host Montreal on Tuesday...Boston will travel to New Jersey for a
match on Tuesday...Bruins defenseman Brian Leetch returned to action for the
first time since November 1 when he suffered a knee injury in an overtime loss
to the New York Islanders. He had no points and logged 27:07 of ice
time...Ottawa has won six of the last seven games against Boston and has
defeated Boston in all three meetings this season, outscoring them by a 14-5
margin...Spezza has a six-game point streak, with four goals and six assists
during that time...Ottawa has tied a team record for most wins in one month
with 10...Joe Thornton, who had one assist in the game, has a five-game point
streak, getting two goals and three assists during the run.
11/27 01:30:03 ET