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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Ottawa

(Tuesday, December 19th)

Final Score: Boston 7, Ottawa 2

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Marco Sturm recorded his second career hat trick to lead the Boston Bruins to an easy 7-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.

Marc Savard scored twice and Glen Murray added his 17th goal of the season for Boston, which is now 4-4 in its last eight games. Tim Thomas made 35 saves for the Bruins, who will return home for games against Vancouver and Montreal before a four-game road trip that will bridge the calendar years. Patrice Bergeron, who extended his point streak to six games, tallied a career-high five assists.

"It was a great effort by the whole team tonight, from the goalie all the way to the forwards," said Sturm. "Two of my goals were especially nice setups from (Patrice) Bergeron. It was very nice to get the hat trick."

Christoph Schubert and Antoine Vermette scored for the struggling Senators, who have dropped five of their last seven games overall. Ray Emery started in net for the Sens but was pulled after he allowed five goals on 20 shots through two periods of action. Martin Gerber made four saves on six shots in relief.

This marked the return to Ottawa for defenseman Zdeno Chara, who signed with Boston as a free agent in the summer after he spent his entire career with the Senators. Chara was heavily booed every time he touched the puck.

"It was nice to win obviously on my first game back," said Chara. "There was a lot of emotions and some nervousness as well as excitement in me."

The Bruins completely dominated and scored the first five goals of the game on their way to an easy win. Three opening-period tallies started the rally.

Midway through the stanza, two goals in a 65-second span made it 2-0. First, at 9:39, Sturm netted the first of his three goals. Stanislav Chistov stole the puck inside the right circle, moved to his right and sent a pass to Sturm in the slot for a successful wrist shot that beat Thomas low to the far side. Just over a minute later, Murray made it a two-goal cushion.

In the latter stages of the frame, the Bruins cashed in when Ottawa's Denis Hamel went to the penalty box for hooking. Savard passed from inside the right circle across the slot for Bergeron, who held the puck along the left side before he passed back to Savard for a blazing one-timer from the lower left circle with 1:04 remaining.

Moments after a quality short-handed scoring chance for Ottawa's Peter Schaefer nearly cut the Sens deficit to two, the visitors went ahead 4-0 on Sturm's power-play marker courtesy of a well-executed tic-tac-toe passing play. Savard started the play with control of the puck atop the right circle and passed to beneath the opposite circle for Bergeron, who quickly sent the disc to the right post for a stuffer by Sturm at the midpoint of the session.

With 4:28 remaining before the second intermission, Strum struck again and completed his hat trick. Sturm worked a nice give-and-go with Bergeron down low and his wrister from the low left slot beat Emery.

Ottawa reached the scoreboard with 4.8 seconds left in the second. After a Boston rush, Chris Kelly carried the puck the opposite way and hustled down the right-wing side. Kelly then stopped along the half-wall and passed into the slot for a sizzling wrist shot by Schubert that beat Thomas high to the glove side.

Savard's power-play goal at 7:28 of the final period made it 6-1 before Vermette's 12th goal of 2006-07 accounted for the other Sens goal. After a shot from the slot by Daniel Alfredsson was saved by Thomas, the puck trickled behind his pads and rolled before Vermette crashed the net and pushed the puck over the goal line with 8:26 remaining.

Paul Mara's first goal of the season at 16:19 capped the scoring.

Game Notes

Sturm's other hat trick was completed on December 23, 1998 against Edmonton when he was a member of the San Jose Sharks...Boston has now won six of its last seven overall against Ottawa, including all three meetings this season...The Sens finished scoreless on six chances with the extra skater, while the Bruins were 3-for-10 with the extra skater...Attendance was 19,153.

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