NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Boston
(Tuesday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Boston 4, Ottawa 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Glen Murray and Sergei Samsonov each had a goal and an assist to lead Boston to a 4-2 victory over Ottawa at the FleetCenter. Travis Green and Nick Boynton also scored for Boston, which improved to 7-1-1 in its last nine games.
Andrew Raycroft turned aside 28-of-30 shots for the Bruins, who remain two points behind Tampa Bay for first place in the Eastern Conference and one back of Philadelphia for second. The Lightning won in Toronto, while the Flyers kept pace with a victory in Carolina on Tuesday.
Boston has a three-point lead over Toronto for the top spot in the Northeast Division.
Martin Havlat had a goal and an assist for Ottawa, which has lost four of its last five games (1-3-0-1). Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson returned after missing three straight games with a charley horse and contributed an assist.
Patrick Lalime made 32 saves in defeat, but allowed two soft goals. "Just a couple of a mistakes out there by me," said Lalime. "I know we can play a lot better. Those are going to be the type of games we see in the playoffs and little mistakes here and there can change the momentum. That's what happened (tonight)."
The Bruins fired 14 shots at Lalime in the first period and scored once on Green's 10th goal of the season. Green took advantage of a mistake by Lalime just 4:45 into the contest to give Boston a 1-0 lead.
Boston scored the only goal of the middle stanza and held a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of action. Samsonov stole the puck from Ottawa's Wade Redden at the Boston blue line and raced up ice on a 2-on-1 break with Murray early in the stanza. Samsonov carried the puck all the way to the into the Senators' zone before throwing it across to Murray. Murray immediately sent the puck back to Samsonov, who had an open net to fire home his 12th goal from the left post. Ottawa defenseman Greg de Vries backed in on own his netminder, providing little assistance.
Havlat, stationed alone at the side of the Boston net during a power play, redirected a shot from the slot by Alfredsson past Raycroft at 3:07 of the third to cut the Boston lead to 2-1.
The Bruins took advantage of a giveaway by Lalime to take a 3-1 lead. The Ottawa netminder left his crease to beat Murray to the puck in the right circle after the puck was dumped in the zone. Lalime did not get all of his clearing attempt and Murray knocked the puck down and fired it past the diving goaltender at 6:53 of the third period.
"I got lucky," said Murray. "It (puck) was rolling before he shot it. It happened to come right to me and I fell down. I had a lot of chances tonight but, it seems the funny ones go in."
Jason Spezza pulled the Senators within a goal less than a minute later, as he took a pass from Havlat behind the Ottawa net and fired the puck between the legs of Raycroft at 7:17.
Boynton beat Lalime with a blast from the top of the left circle at 13:01 to give the Bruins a 4-2 advantage.
"It just turned out that our mistakes cost us tonight," said Senators head coach Jacques Martin. "It was an opportunity to get first place in our division, but now we have to regroup and play with more intensity and desperation."
The Bruins improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven home games...Ottawa lost to the Bruins for just the second time in nine meetings (6-2-1)...Bruins rookie Patrice Bergeron returned to the lineup after missing 11 games with a separated shoulder...The Senators finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Boston failed on four attempts with the extra skater.
03/24 00:12:26 ET