NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Boston
(Saturday, October 28th)
Final Score: Boston 2, Ottawa 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Zdeno Chara tallied the game-winning goal with 4:25 left, lifting the Boston Bruins over his former team, the Ottawa Senators, 2-1.
Per-Johan Axelsson had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who ended a two- game slide and won for just the second time in seven games. Tim Thomas made 35 saves for Boston, which has won five of the last six meetings against Ottawa dating back to last season.
Chara, making his first appearance against the Senators since he signed with the Bruins in the offseason, gave Boston the win with his power play goal. Up a man, Chara received the puck from Axelsson at the top of the right circle. He skated towards the middle of the ice and unleashed a slapper that got by Senators netminder Martin Gerber. The puck traveled through a pair of screens and appeared to be deflected, but it was unclear who it might have hit.
"Yes, I was playing my former team but my main focus was on those two points," said Chara. "It did not matter who we would play. We went out to win. We really needed this win and we got it and it's a nice feeling"
The goal ended Ottawa's streak of 35 straight penalty kills.
"That's what he was for us," said Ottawa head coach Bryan Murray of Chara. "He's a big man out there, played a lot of minutes and matched up against the better lines and shot the puck at times. Obviously, they've really focused on him being the point man on the power play and finally he got one through."
Dany Heatley scored the lone goal for the Senators, who had a three-game win streak halted.
Down 1-0, Boston started its comeback in the third period. Just over seven minutes into the stanza Axelsson tied the contest with an unassisted goal, his second of the season. Axelsson stole the puck in the offensive zone, skated in on Gerber an beat the netminder high to the stick side.
Gerber ended with 30 saves.
Ottawa got the first goal of the game when Heatley stuffed home the puck on the power play with 2:39 left in the second period.
Ottawa ended 1-for-7 on the power play...Boston went 1-for-6 with the man advantage...Thomas stopped 14 shots in the third period....The Senators have dropped four straight in Boston...Heatley has seven goals this season...Axelsson and Chara each have two goals this year.
10/29 01:05:05 ET