NHL Game Summary - Boston at Ottawa
(Tuesday, March 11th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Boston 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley recorded his first hat trick of the season and added one assist to lead Ottawa past Boston, 4-1, at Scotiabank Place.
"I got some chances to shoot the puck tonight. Spezza and Meszaros helped me out with a couple of good plays," Heatley said. "It's an important two points tonight with them being division points. All these points, all these games, especially against division teams are instrumental in seeing where you finish."
Jason Spezza also tallied for the Senators, who have won two straight and remained two points behind Montreal for first place in the Northeast Division. The Canadiens topped New Jersey, 4-0, on Tuesday. In addition, Ottawa tied idle Pittsburgh for fourth spot in the conference. Each team has 85 points.
Martin Gerber made 28 stops to record his 26th win of the season.
Dennis Wideman picked up the lone goal for the Bruins, who have dropped five of six and failed to gain ground on the sixth-seeded idle Rangers in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Alex Auld allowed three goals on 24 shots in the loss.
Boston remained in seventh place, three points behind New York, and just one point ahead of eighth-place Philadelphia, which fell to Toronto, 4-3, in overtime.
After a scoreless first period, Ottawa hit the net 5:44 into the second, as Heatley sped down the right side on a 2-on-1 break and zipped a wrister past Auld to the far side.
It was 2-0 with 8:55 left in the period as Heatley added a power-play blast from the right circle off a dish from Andrej Meszaros, and Ottawa took a 3-0 lead with 2:42 to go as Spezza backhanded home the rebound of Heatley's shot in close.
Wideman put the Bruins on the board with 2:26 left in regulation, but Heatley iced the game and finished off his trifecta with an empty-netter in the final minute.
"This time of year every game is huge, no matter who you're playing," said Bruins forward Marc Savard. "We need every point we can get and we know we're going to have to battle every night. We had our chances here, but Gerber came up big and he was probably the difference."
Heatley has seven career three-goal games...Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson missed his fourth consecutive game, recovering from a back injury suffered last Monday in Anaheim when Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin cross-checked him...Boston captain Zdeno Chara missed the game and is day-to-day with an upper torso injury...Ottawa leads the season series, 4-2-0...The Senators are in Montreal on Thursday while the Bruins host Tampa Bay also Thursday.
03/11 23:36:14 ET