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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Ottawa



(Saturday, January 27th)

Final Score: Ottawa 3, Boston 1

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Neil's 10th goal of the season proved to be the game-winner, as the Ottawa Senators scored three times in the third period to post a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Place.

Antoine Vermette registered a goal and one assist for the Senators, who have won five of their last six games. Patrick Eaves scored the other goal and Ray Emery stopped 29 shots for the win.

Glen Murray tallied his team-leading 23rd goal of the year for the Bruins, who have lost three of four. Tim Thomas made 33 saves but was denied his 20th victory of the season for the second consecutive start.

"We put ourselves in a good position to win, but then on the other hand they battled hard," Thomas said. "You have to turn it around. You don't have a choice. We made some mistakes, but every team makes mistakes. We put ourselves in a position at 0-0 in the third and it's disappointing that you don't get something out of it."

With Ottawa clinging to a 1-0 lead, Neil added the insurance tally at 7:48 of the third period, ripping a shot high to the glove side off a perfect feed by Peter Schaefer for a 2-0 Ottawa advantage.

"We hadn't played well against Boston at the start of the year," Neil said. "It looked like they would win the season series, so the last couple of games we wanted to go out and play solid against them. We wanted to get pucks at their goalie. They had our number there for awhile. We had to bang away at them to create some opportunities and it worked for us."

However, Murray followed 56 seconds later, taking Zdeno Chara's pass and slipping a shot just inside the far post to make it 2-1.

Vermette then picked up his 16th goal of the season with 46 seconds left in regulation, with the Bruins on a power play and Thomas pulled.

Boston forward Marc Savard threw his stick at the Senators forward as he approached the empty net in an attempt to prevent him from shooting, and under the rules, a goal is awarded to the player carrying the puck in that situation.

Eaves broke over 40 minutes of scoreless hockey on a turnaround shot from the slot that fooled Thomas, 2:17 into the third. Jason Spezza set up the play by carrying into the left circle before dishing a bouncing puck into the slot where Eaves collected the disc and shot blindly towards the net.

Game Notes

Ottawa has won the last three meetings this season after Boston won the first three...The Bruins finished scoreless in four power play chances, and the Senators came up empty in five opportunities.

01/27 19:09:11 ET


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