NHL Game Summary - Boston at Ottawa
(Tuesday, March 27th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Ottawa 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist, and the Boston Bruins edged the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, at Scotiabank Place
Petr Kalus scored his first career NHL goal, and Zdeno Chara also tallied for Boston, which snapped a five-game slide. Joey MacDonald finished with 32 saves in a winning effort.
The Bruins won for just the fifth time in their last 16 games and are well out of playoff contention thanks to their late slump. They have 76 points and sit in last place in the Northeast Division.
Dany Heatley and Mike Fisher scored for the Senators, who had a three-game winning streak snapped and failed to record a point for the first time in 12 games (7-1-4). Ray Emery allowed all three Boston goals on just 17 shots faced.
The Senators, who are 15-2-5 since February 8, clinched their 10th straight playoff appearance with a 7-2 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday, coupled with a loss by the New York Islanders on Sunday.
"They obviously capitalized on the chances they got," said Fisher. "We had some power plays early and didn't do too much with them. We got frustrated a little bit, but overall we have to be much better and more hungry to better our chances. We gave them a couple of goals and they capitalized. We didn't do that on the road and sometimes you try to get too ready coming home. We have to keep up what we've been doing to be successful."
Heatley made it 1-0 just 55 seconds in when Boston couldn't clear the puck. He took a feed from Jason Spezza, and from down low just off the left side, wristed it past MacDonald into a wide open net for his 46th goal of the season.
Boston evened things up on the power play, when Bergeron ripped a slapshot into the back of the net at 7:40.
The Sens went back on top courtesy of a man-advantage in the second stanza. Fisher took a stride through the left circle, split two defenders and wristed a shot that beat MacDonald low on the glove side at 1:49.
The Bruins quickly answered with two straight goals to grab a 3-2 lead. Kalus made it 2-2 on a tip-in through the five-hole at 4:08, and Chara needed just 47 seconds to sneak a wrister through a screen and past Emery at 4:55.
Ottawa couldn't solve MacDonald in the third period, despite peppering the netminder with 13 shots on goal. The Sens pulled Emery late, and Boston's Marco Sturm hit the goal post on an empty net chance with eight seconds remaining.
"It felt great tonight," said Bergeron. "Obviously we didn't get the start we wanted to. We bounced back from it. We had a big goal on the power play and it took off from there. We had too many penalties but we played great penalty kill. With a team with a lot of talent like that, we can't give them too much. Now, we just have to go out there and play with some pride. Maybe cause some surprises for the other teams. Win some games. Do it for the fans too."
Ottawa defenseman Wade Redden was scratched just before game time with a lower body injury...Right wing Patrick Eaves left the game in the second period with a lower body injury...Bergeron has seven points in his last eight games with three goals and four assists...Heatley has 30 points in his last 22 games (15G, 15A)...Boston leads the season series, 4-3. These teams close out the regular season on April 7 in Boston.
03/27 23:31:03 ET