NHL Game Summary - Boston at Ottawa
(Monday, January 30th)
Final Score: Boston 5, Ottawa 0
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Tim Thomas made 44 saves to post his first career shutout to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.
Brad Boyes posted a goal and two assists, and Marco Sturm and Nick Boynton each chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have won four of their last five games.
"I think it is the biggest win of the year," said Boyes. "We played 60 minutes against a great team and especially a team in our division. We know that all those games are going to be huge for the rest of the season. It is only one game so we have to carry that on to the next game."
Ray Emery made 19 saves for the Senators, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
The Bruins scored twice in the opening period behind goals from Patrice Bergeron and Boyes.
Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips had the puck deep along the left boards and tried to wrap it behind the net to clear it out. However, Boyes picked it up behind the right side of the net and immediately centered it to Bergeron, who one-timed it into the net with 4:45 left.
A little less than three minutes later, Sturm lobbed a soft shot from the right point that Boyes deflected past Emery for his 14th tally of the season.
On a shorthanded 2-on-1 break, Boynton ripped a shot from the right circle that beat Emery over the glove to give Boston a 3-0 lead 5:21 into the second period.
"Tonight I thought as we got going we got frustrated," said Ottawa coach Bryan Murray. "It was not a normal game, but still we got lots of chances to be in close."
A little less than four minutes later, the Bruins made it 4-0 on another 2- on-1 advantage when Boyes made a pass from the right circle to the left side where Sturm tapped it in for his 20th goal of the season.
Boston made it 5-0 when Sergei Samsonov poked in a rebound in front of the net with 6:18 left in the middle stanza.
Ottawa outshot Boston 16-1 in the third period.
The Bruins next have a home-and-home series against the Canadiens with the first game Thursday in Boston...Ottawa travels to New Jersey for a game on Wednesday to start a three-game road trip...Ottawa forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley both had six-game point streaks stopped. Alfredsson had five goals and six assists and Heatley posted four goals and six assists during the run...Boyes had points in his past seven games, with four goals and seven assists during the run...Boston's last win in Ottawa was on December 13, 2003 when the Bruins posted a 3-2 victory...The Bruins have won the last three meetings after Ottawa claimed the first three matchups this season.
01/31 00:07:43 ET