NHL Game Summary - Boston at Ottawa
(Saturday, December 13th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Ottawa 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Joe Thornton snapped a 2-2 tie with a goal midway through the third period, as the Boston Bruins ended a five-game winless skid with a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Corel Centre.
Glen Murray and Brian Rolston also scored for the Bruins, who had not won since a 6-4 decision over Atlanta on December 4.
Andrew Raycroft allowed two goals on 24 shots in the victory.
Zdeno Chara and Bryan Smolinski both posted goals for Ottawa, which lost for the just the second time in seven contests (4-2-1). Jason Spezza added a pair of assists for the Senators.
With the contest tied at 2-2, Boston took the lead at 10:57 of the third period. Thornton took a feed from Nick Boynton at the left circle and fired a wrist shot that beat Ottawa netminder Patrick Lalime through the five-hole for the game-winner.
Lalime finished the contest with 28 saves.
Murray opened the scoring at the 6:32 mark of the first period when he beat Lalime on a breakaway. The goal was the 10th of the season for the Boston sniper and was assisted by Rolston and Rob Zamuner.
However, Chara tied it up at 1-1 midway through the stanza on the power play. Spezza fed a nice lead pass to Marian Hossa, who broke in and took a shot from in close near the right post. The save was made, but the rebound came out to Chara, who ripped home a wrister from the slot at 11:20.
The Senators' second power-play tally of the opening stanza allowed them to move ahead 2-1. Spezza raced down the right-wing side before he dished a pass in the slot to Smolinski, who blasted a one-timer into the cage with 1:32 remaining.
The lone goal of the second period was scored by Rolston. Though the Senators were on the power play, Boston took advantage of a 2-on-1 when Rolston's wrist shot from right circle beat Lalime and the contest was knotted at two apiece.
The Senators fell to 6-7-2-2 on home ice this season...Two Senators were injured in the contest. Vaclav Varada left with a leg injury, while Brian Pothier suffered an apparent head injury...Boston had been 0-5-1-4 in the last 10 trips to Ottawa prior to this game - the last Bruins victory in the Canadian capital came on March 24, 1999....Ottawa was 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Bruins went scoreless on five chances with the extra skater.
12/13 21:52:42 ET