NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Boston
(Saturday, April 7th)
Final Score: Ottawa 6, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jason Spezza scored twice, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley each had a three-point night with a goal and two assists, and the Ottawa Senators beat up on the Boston Bruins, 6-3, to clinch home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Heatley became the first player to score 50 goals in back-to-back seasons since Pavel Bure accomplished the feat in 1999-2000 and 2000-01.
Mike Comrie and Patrick Eaves also tallied for Ottawa, which snapped a two- game skid and broke a fourth-place tie with Pittsburgh in the East by securing the tie-breaker with one more victory. The two teams will now meet in the first round of the playoffs. Ray Emery made 29 saves for the Senators.
"If we do get to a Game 7 (in the playoffs), we wanted to make sure it was in Ottawa," said Spezza. "We were pretty happy with the victory. We played a pretty solid game. We knew they'd be playing well because they don't have much to play for and they'd be loose and that's when teams are dangerous."
Marco Sturm, Petr Kalus and Petr Tenkrat tallied for the Bruins, who brought the curtain down on their 2006-07 campaign by dropping a season-high six straight and 11 of their last 12 overall.
Tim Thomas finished with 22 saves for Boston.
Boston drew first blood during a two-on-two rush, when Patrice Bergeron made a centering pass from deep in the right corner that Sturm tipped by Emery just 1:28 in to make it 1-0
Ottawa countered to tie it at 1-1 when Comrie scored his 20th of the campaign on a backhand shot at 3:25.
Kalus put the Bruins back on top, 2-1, when he buried Shean Donovan's rebound that kicked off the pad of Emery in the back of the net at 5:57. Spezza beat Thomas with a hard slap shot to make it 2-2 at 6:50 and cap the first period scoring.
Ottawa continued it outburst in the second when Heatley notched his 50th of the season at 5:15, while a slap shot by Spezza from just inside the blue line ended up in the top left corner of the net to give the Senators a 4-2 cushion.
Boston cut it to 4-3 with a power-play tally in the third, as Tenkrat tapped a one-timer past a diving Emery into a nearly wide-open net at 3:42.
Alfredsson re-established Ottawa's two-goal margin when he beat Thomas with a wrist shot on the stick-side to put the Sens up 5-3 with 13:42 remaining in the contest.
Eaves lit the lamp on a backhander at 9:24 , as he was able to corral the puck while down on one knee and was still able to get the leverage to lift the shot on net and past Thomas to give Ottawa a 6-3 lead.
"That wasn't the start I was hoping for," said Ottawa head coach Bryan Murray, referring to his team's play in the first period. "We gave them a lot of space, our defense and forwards gave them a big gap. But when we tightened that up, it looked like we started to play more intense and we certainly were able to score some goals and win a game the way we had to win it."
Boston and Ottawa each won four games apiece in the eight-game season series...The Bruins dropped seven of their last eight at home, including five straight...Ottawa is 6-0-2 in its last eight road games.
04/07 23:57:27 ET