NHL Game Summary - Boston at Ottawa
(Saturday, October 24th)
Final Score: Boston 4, Ottawa 3 (SO)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winner in a shootout, as the Boston Bruins rallied to edge the Ottawa Senators, 4-3, in a battle between these two Northeast Division rivals at Scotiabank Place.
Bergeron, the second shooter in the second round, made a move to the right before firing a wrister that trickled past Brian Elliott and past the goal line. Jason Spezza's backhander was stopped by Tim Thomas to secure the win for Boston.
Bergeron added an assist for the Bruins, who have alternated wins and losses through their first 10 games of the season. Blake Wheeler, Mark Recchi, and David Krejci each lit the lamp for Boston, which got 27 saves from Thomas.
"We believe in this room that we're going to win hockey games no matter how long it takes. Everybody on the whole ice made plays," Bruins defenseman Derek Morris said.
Mike Fisher had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who have lost two in a row after a two-game winning streak. Milan Michalek and Daniel Alfredsson each had a goal. Elliott turned aside 25-of-28 shots in defeat.
"He (Thomas) made some unbelievable saves. He gave them a chance to stay in it and they got a couple good bounces at the end," Alfredsson said of Thomas.
With the score tied 1-1, Michalek scored at the 9:14 mark of the third to put the Senators ahead by one. Spezza, who gathered the puck at his own blue line, slid a perfect pass to Michalek, who charged down the left side of the ice with a defender on him. Michalek was able to fend off the defender and put a wrister through the five-hole of Thomas.
Fisher's unassisted goal about two minutes later made it 3-1 in favor of Ottawa.
Boston, though, scored two goals in the final minutes to send the game into overtime. Morris' slapper from the left point deflected off Recchi's stick and hit the post before finding the back of the net with 1:28 remaining.
Then with 21.6 seconds to go in regulation, Morris controlled the puck at the left point before sliding a pass to Krejci in front of the net. Krejci's tip- in deadlocked the score and sent the contest into OT.
Ottawa's Anton Volchenkov was called for tripping with 45 ticks left on the overtime clock, putting Boston on the power play. The Bruins couldn't score with the man advantage and the tilt went into a shootout.
After a scoreless first period, Ottawa scored a short-handed goal with 8:29 left in the second. Fisher collected a loose puck along the left boards in his own zone before hitting a streaking Alfredsson with a perfect pass. Alfredsson charged down the ice on a breakaway with two defenders close behind and fired a shot past the glove of Thomas.
The Bruins lit the lamp with 2:54 remaining in the second to tie things up. Vladimir Sobotka was covered along the left boards as he controlled the disc. Sobotka backhanded a pass to Wheeler, whose wrister beat Elliott.
The Bruins won five of six in the season series with the Senators last year and have taken 10 of their last 12 meetings with Ottawa since the start of 2008...Ottawa dropped to 3-1-2 as the host this year.
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