NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Boston
(Sunday, November 4th)
Final Score: Ottawa 2, Boston 1 (SO)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson scored the deciding goal in the shootout and Martin Gerber stopped both Boston chances, as Ottawa clipped the Bruins, 2-1, in the back end of a home-and-home series at TD Banknorth Garden.
Alfredsson beat Tim Thomas with a short-side wrister to begin the round. After Chuck Kobasew missed on the Bruins' first chance, Antoine Vermette slipped a backhander through Thomas' pads. Gerber then prevented Phil Kessel's try to extend the shoo tout by stopping his chance with a right-pad save.
Vermette also tallied in regulation for the Senators, who have won seven straight games and are off to a franchise-best 12-1-0 start.
Gerber stopped 21-of-22 shots en route to winning his ninth game of the season.
"It wasn't our best game but it's a road game, we'll take the two points," said Vermette. "We found a way to get back into the game and battle hard and it's good to end the week like that."
Kobasew scored for the Bruins, who have dropped three of four including both games this weekend. Tim Thomas took the loss despite allowing only one goal on 36 regulation shots.
Kobasew put the Bruins up 1-0 4:13 into the contest, snapping home a shot from Kessel's cross-ice pass.
Boston successfully killed a two-man disadvantage early in the second period, then another Ottawa power play later on. Thomas backed up the defensive effort by stopping all 16 shots he faced to keep it a one-goal game heading into the final 20 minutes.
Ottawa finally responded to tie with 4:01 played in the third. On a 3-on-2 short-handed rush, Chris Kelly fired and hit the left post. The puck kicked out right to Vermette, who backhanded the rebound home for his third goal of the season.
"That was a real back-breaker," noted Bruins head coach Claude Julien.
Ottawa has won both meetings this season, and six of the last seven over Boston...New NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly, once a partner in a Boston law firm, appeared on the local broadcast between the first and second periods...The Bruins head to Buffalo on Wednesday, while the Senators host Toronto on Tuesday.
11/04 23:38:08 ET