NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Boston
(Monday, December 8th)
Final Score: Ottawa 2, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Wade Redden's goal late in the second period lifted the Ottawa Senators to a 2-2 tie with the Boston Bruins at the FleetCenter.
Vaclav Varada also scored for the Senators, who have lost just once in their last five games (3-1-1).
Patrick Lalime was forced to start in place of the injured Martin Prusek and made 21 saves for Ottawa. Prusek experienced back spasms during pre-game warmups and was unable to play. Lalime had missed the last four contests with the flu and is still battling the bug.
Dan McGillis and Glen Murray tallied goals for Boston, which has won only once in its last eight contests (1-3-3-1). Andrew Raycroft turned aside 28 shots for the Bruins.
Redden evened the contest at 2-2 with 3:39 left in the second. Raycroft made the initial save on Marian Hossa, but Redden collected the rebound in the slot and slid the puck through the legs of the fallen goaltender for his seventh goal of the campaign.
Lalime preserved the tie with eight minutes remaining in the third period when he slid out to knock the puck away from Sergei Samsonov, who found himself alone in front.
Lalime again came up big in the closing minutes of regulation, as he stopped consecutive close-in shots by Murray and Joe Thornton.
In the overtime, Ottawa's Jason Spezza had the best opportunity, but his shot from in front hit the side of the net.
Varada opened the scoring just 2:10 into the game with an unassisted goal. He broke in alone on Raycroft following a giveaway and was able to beat the goaltender, who stumbled while trying to make a play on the puck. It was Varada's fifth tally of the season.
McGillis and Murray then scored 2:57 apart in the second period to give the Bruins the lead.
McGillis fired a shot from just inside the blue line that appeared to carom off the stick of Redden and past Lalime at 3:48.
Murray then put Boston in front 2-1 at 6:45. Following a faceoff in the Boston zone, Varada and teammate Anton Volchenkov collided, allowing Murray to race the other way on a breakaway. Murray then went to the backhand and flipped the puck past Lalime for his ninth goal of the year.
Ottawa's Bryan Smolinski tallied his 500th career point, as he assisted on the goal by Redden...The Bruins are 0-2-3 in their last five home games...Each team was 0-for-2 on the power play...Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson had his point scoring streak snapped at eight games...The Senators are 5-1-2 in their last eight games against the Bruins.
12/08 21:50:46 ET