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Ottawa's troubles vs. Boston continue in 4-3 decision

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins scored a late goal to help avoid another third-period collapse.

Patrice Bergeron got the winner with 6:28 remaining and Glen Murray scored two goals to lift the Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

"We did two important things in this game," Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said. "We didn't lose our composure when they tied it up and after we scored, we held the lead.

Bergeron scored when he redirected a slap shot from Brad Stuart past Senators goalie Martin Gerber. Petr Tenkrat also scored for the Bruins.

"Wins have been tough to come by," Murray said. "We've had trouble holding leads and we can't afford to give any games away."

Earlier this season, the Bruins blew a three-goal lead to Buffalo with nine minutes remaining and lost to Montreal by allowing a goal with one second left.

P.J. Axelsson had two assists for Boston, which allowed fewer than five goals for the first time in five games.

Ottawa fell to 1-5-1 in its last seven overall and against the Bruins.

"Once you start losing a few, you start thinking about it and become more hesitant," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said.

Chris Neil tied the score 3-3 after he got his second goal of the night when he redirected a shot from Peter Schaefer past Bruins goalie Thomas 1:25 into the third period.

Neil had cut the Bruins lead to 3-2 with 53 seconds left in the second period beating Thomas with a backhander. Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators.

"I don't know what it's going to take," Senators coach Bryan Murray said. "We had some guys play hard, but other people have to step up besides Neil."

With the Bruins ahead 2-1, Murray scored when he wristed a shot past Gerber with 2:36 remaining in the second period.

"I played with (Ilya) Kovalchuk and (Jarome) Iginla and I see a lot of similarities with Glen," Bruins center Marc Savard said. "He is always in great shape, works hard and he should score a lot more before his career is done."

Murray gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he tipped in a rebound from a Zdeno Chara slap shot 23 seconds into the second period.

Spezza scored his eighth goal and leads Ottawa with 21 points. Schaefer added two assists as the Senators concluded a 1-3 road trip.

Thomas is 4-1-0-1 in five games against Ottawa.

Tenkrat scored his first goal of the season for Boston after being recalled from Providence earlier in the day.

After a scoreless first period, both teams combined for five in the second.


  • Ottawa opened its all-time series against Boston with 17 consecutive losses and a 22-game winless streak.
  • Murray is in his 15th season and leads the Bruins with eight goals.
  • Savard has 12 points in the last six games.
  • Spezza's power-play goal was Ottawa's fifth in 50 opportunities.
  • Boston won its first matchup with Ottawa this season when Zdeno Chara scored late in the third period for a 2-1 victory.
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Boston  (5-7-2) «0314
Three Stars
G. Murray

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
C. Neil

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
P. Bergeron

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
00:23Power Play - Glen Murray (7), Snap Shot - Assists: Zdeno Chara, P.J. Axelsson
04:46Power Play - Jason Spezza (8), Snap Shot - Assists: Dany Heatley, Tom Preissing
13:47Petr Tenkrat, Wrist Shot - Assists: Yan Stastny, Mark Mowers
17:24Glen Murray (8), Wrist Shot - Assists: P.J. Axelsson, Marc Savard
19:09Chris Neil (3), Backhand Shot - Assists: Mike Fisher, Peter Schaefer
01:25Chris Neil (4), Tip-In - Assists: Peter Schaefer, Chris Phillips
13:42Patrice Bergeron (5), Wrist Shot - Assists: Brad Stuart, Paul Mara
Penalty Summary
10:52Primeau: Hooking - 2 min.
20:00Vermette: Hooking - 2 min.
01:03Alfredsson: Interference - 2 min.
04:09Stastny: Holding - 2 min.
05:43Lashoff: Hooking - 2 min.
09:08Lashoff: Hooking - 2 min.
09:21Meszaros: Holding - 2 min.
09:21Neil: Interference - 2 min.
09:21Neil: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
02:09Donovan: Hooking - 2 min.
08:24Mowers: Hooking - 2 min.
14:39Corvo: Holding - 2 min.
16:25Stuart: Hooking - 2 min.
Martin Gerber59:25254
Tim Thomas60:00253
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Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Marc Joannette, Dan O'Rourke
Line Judges - Brad Kovachik, Tim Nowak
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