NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Boston
(Thursday, November 10th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley scored two goals as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins, 5-2, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Peter Schaefer and Martin Havlat each had a goal and an assist while Bryan Smolinski also scored for the Senators, who won their fourth straight game and have taken six out of their last seven overall.
Dominik Hasek, who was peppered with 17 shots in the first period, made 37 saves in the victory.
Brad Boyes and Glen Murray scored for the Bruins, who have lost two straight games overall and five out of their last six against Ottawa. Andrew Raycroft allowed five goals on 30 shots in the losing effort.
The Senators wasted no time and got on the scoreboard first. A backhand pass from Daniel Alfredsson at the bottom of the left circle made its way to Heatley, who squeezed the puck between Raycroft's left pad and the post to make it 1-0 just 27 seconds into the contest.
"He's been great," said Ottawa coach Bryan Murray of Heatley. "He's good around the net. The line made some good plays and he got one right off the bat."
The Bruins tied the game on a power-play goal. Boyes took an outlet pass from Jiri Slegr at mid-ice and brought the puck into the zone. He stickhandled his way past two Senators and snapped a shot that went over Hasek's glove at the 9:25 mark of the first period.
The Senators then broke the game open with three goals separated by 4:55 in the second period.
Ottawa got the lead back on a Boston turnover. A clearing attempt from the right side of the net was flubbed and the puck went right to Smolinski. He took the puck from the right circle on the backhand to the slot and on the forehand, flicked a shot into the right corner of the net for the 2-1 lead 4:51 into the second.
Just 1:47 later, Schaefer made it a two-goal game. Havlat came in on the breakaway and beat Raycroft, but his backhander hit the post and wound up in front of the net. Schaefer tapped it in and the shorthanded tally gave the Sens a 3-1 edge.
"They're a tough team to play," said Raycroft. "They are strong offensively and are opportunistic."
Havlat made it 4-1 on a two-on-one with Schaefer. Havlat took Schaefer's pass at the right circle and skated to the slot. His wrist shot went over Raycroft's left shoulder with 10:14 left in the second.
"Ottawa is a great transition team," said Boston coach Mike Sullivan. "If you're not sound in the critical areas of the rink, they take advantage of those types of mistakes."
Murray got the Bruins to within two with 4:07 left in the second session. Strong forechecking resulted in a Senators turnover. Joe Thornton sent a centering pass from deep on the right boards and it found Murray, whose wrist shot beat Hasek.
However, Ottawa regained its three-goal lead at the beginning of the last period. Alfredsson flipped the puck over a Boston defenseman's stick and made a backhand pass from between his legs to Heatley, who one-timed it past Raycroft just 11 seconds in.
"We just forced them to play our game, use our speed and move the puck," said Heatley. "When we do that we're going to get chances or we're going to get power plays. I'm getting chances because I'm playing with two great guys."
Boston tried to get some offense going and had 25 seconds of 5-on-3 time, but could not score and Ottawa left with the win.
Bruins great Cam Neely dropped the ceremonial first puck at the game in honor of his recent induction into the Hall of Fame...Heatley has a point in every Senators game this season, scoring 13 goals and adding 13 assists...Jason Spezza has a 10-game point streak with two goals and 17 assists during the run...Alfredsson has eight goals and 10 assists during a seven-game run...Ottawa went 0-for-10 on the power play...Boston went 1-for-4 with the advantage.
11/11 00:03:07 ET