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Tuesday, March 27th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (34-35-6) at Ottawa Senators (45-23-8), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The surging Ottawa Senators will attempt to close the gap in the Northeast Division standings when they host a Boston Bruins team hoping to break out of long losing streak tonight at Scotiabank Place.

Ottawa has moved within five points of Buffalo, which leads both the Northeast as well as the Eastern Conference with 103 points, by posting a 6-0-1 record over its last seven games. The Senators have also notched at least one point in 11 consecutive contents, going 7-0-4 over that span.

The red-hot Sens picked up their third straight victory, and clinched a playoff berth in the process, with Saturday's 7-2 rout of Tampa Bay at the St. Pete Times Forum. Dany Heatley amassed two goals and an assist to lead the way, while Joe Corvo and Christoph Schubert each scored once and contributed a pair of helpers to the winning effort.

Daniel Alfredsson finished with a goal and an assist for Ottawa and has registered six points (2 goals, 4 assists) during a five-game scoring streak.

The Senators presently hold down the fourth playoff spot in the East and are two points ahead of fifth-place Pittsburgh.

Ottawa, which has won nine of its last 10 at Scotiabank Place, starts up a brief homestand against fellow Northeast foes tonight. The Sens will also host Montreal on Friday.

Boston has all but killed their postseason chances with a current five-game slide and is coming off Sunday's 5-0 shellacking at the hands of Pittsburgh.

The Penguins put up three first-period goals on Tim Thomas before the Bruins netminder was yanked in favor of Joey McDonald to start the second session. McDonald ended up stopping 19-of-21 shots.

Boston has now been shut out in each of their last three road games and outscored 13-0 over that stretch. The club is 16-19-2 away from home on the season.

The Bruins took the first three meetings between these division rivals this season, but Ottawa has won each of the last three tilts. The foes will also play April 7 at Boston's TD Banknorth Garden in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Boston is just 3-16-1 (1 tie) over its last 20 visits to Ottawa and has dropped seven of its last nine as the visitor in this series.

03/27 10:46:44 ET


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