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Tuesday, February 26th (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (36-21-6) at Boston Bruins (32-23-6), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins will attempt to extend a three-game win streak, while the Ottawa Senators hope to shake off a lopsided loss when the Northeast Division rivals clash this evening at TD Banknorth Garden.

Boston is coming off a successful five-game road trip in which the club went 4-0-1 and ended the trek with victories at Southeast Division members Carolina, Florida and Tampa Bay. In the finale of the swing, Glen Murray notched a pair of goals to lead the Bruins to a 5-3 triumph over the Lightning Saturday at St. Pete Times Forum.

Milan Lucic, Mark Stuart and P.J. Axelsson also tallied goals for the Bruins, which received 25 saves from goaltender Alexander Auld as well.

The surge has moved Boston within eight points of first-place Ottawa in the Northeast standings and into seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 70 points.

The Senators currently hold a three-point edge on Montreal for the top spot in the division but have relinquished the No. 1 seed in the East to New Jersey because of a rough recent stretch. Ottawa has lost five of its last seven games and was humbled at home by Toronto last night.

The Maple Leafs erupted for four second-period goals to back a 31-save performance from Vesa Toskala en route to a 5-0 rout of the Senators on Monday.

Ray Emery wasn't nearly as effective between the pipes for Ottawa, stopping only 16-of-21 shots before being lifted in favor of Martin Gerber to start the third period.

Ottawa, which is now just 7-11-2 since January 12, will play eight of its next 10 games on the road. The Senators are an impressive 17-9-3 as the visitor this season but have dropped three of their four most recent away tests.

Boston starts up a three-game homestand tonight and brings a 14-12-3 mark at TD Banknorth Garden into this evening's tilt. The Bruins have lost four in a row on home ice, however.

The Bruins have also lost four straight meetings to the Senators held in Beantown, including a pair of previous matchups this season. Ottawa has taken three of the four 2007-08 encounters between the clubs and is 7-2-0 in its last nine games against Boston.

Gerber has been in net for all four contests with the Bruins this season and posted a 1.97 goals-against average in those games.

02/26 10:31:53 ET


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