BOSTON -- The Ottawa Senators weren't about to squander another chance for home-ice advantage in the playoffs.
They beat Boston 6-3 Saturday night, scoring twice in just over three minutes after the Bruins cut the lead to 4-3 in the third period. The victory gave the Senators home-ice advantage in their best-of-seven first-round series against Pittsburgh.
"It shows that we can win a game when we need to," Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said. "We wanted to make sure we had a win going into the playoffs. We lost the game the other night with 10 seconds left."
The Senators could have clinched home-ice advantage with a win at home Thursday night. But Maxime Talbot scored with 9.8 seconds to go, giving the Penguins a 3-2 win. Had the Senators lost to Boston, the Penguins would have had home-ice advantage because they beat the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Ottawa and Pittsburgh each had 105 points, but the Senators won the first tiebreaker and the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs with one more victory.
Saturday's game "was kind of like another opportunity and you want to take care of it," Ottawa goalie Ray Emery said.
Dany Heatley's 50th goal of the season broke a 2-2 tie early in the second period and the Senators never relinquished the lead.
Heatley became the first player with consecutive seasons of at least 50 goals since Pavel Bure did it with Florida in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001. Heatley also had exactly 50 last season, his first with Ottawa.
"This team has a lot to do with it," he said, "It's a lot of fun, a good way to end the season. It's nice. It's been two great regular seasons. Now we want to get on a roll going into the playoffs."
The Bruins missed postseason play for the second straight year and have won just one playoff series in 11 seasons.
"I could have done a lot of things better," first-year coach Dave Lewis said. "I want us to be more competitive and I'd like to be more physical. We have to have the players who are willing to do that."
The Bruins lost their last six games and went 1-10-1 in their last 12. First-year general manager Peter Chiarelli, Ottawa's assistant GM last season, overhauled the Bruins roster but they fell short of their goal.
"That's the biggest disappointment, not making the playoffs," said Marc Savard, who led the Bruins in scoring.
On Saturday, the Bruins gave up three consecutive goals after taking a 2-1 lead.
"It's so disappointing to end that way, when you think you're going to end on a good note," Boston's Aaron Ward said.
With the score 2-2, Heatley's slap shot from the top of the left circle went between goalie Tim Thomas' right pad and the post with 5:15 gone in the second period.
The Bruins cut the lead to 4-3 with 3:42 gone in the third period on Petr Tenkrat's ninth goal on a power play.
The Senators will be making their 10th straight playoff appearance, the longest current streak among Canadian teams.
"Obviously, if it goes to a seven-game series it's important to have that big game at home," Emery said, "and it's nice to be starting out at home and maybe we can put the other team behind the eight-ball.
Boston struck early with Marco Sturm's 27th goal with just 1:28 gone. Mike Comrie tied it two minutes later, but Petr Kalus restored Boston's lead less than three minutes after that. Ottawa tied the game less than a minute later, with 6:50 gone in the game, on Spezza's first goal.
- The Bruins finished under .500 at home (18-19-4) for the third time in nine seasons. Before that stretch, they had gone 30 seasons without a losing record at home.
- Ottawa evened its season series with Boston, 4-4.
- Emery was 4-2 against the Bruins, including a 3-0 win in their previous game.