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Ottawa at Boston

Senators swat Bruins to clinch home ice in first round of playoffs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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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.

Jason Spezza made it 4-2 at 8:52 of the period with his second goal of the game and 34th of the season when he redirected Christoph Schubert's shot from the left point.

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.

But the Senators scored twice in the next six minutes -- Daniel Alfredsson's 29th goal and Patrick Eaves' 14th. Alfredsson, who added two assists, scored with a two-man advantage.

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.

Notes

  • 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.
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A ref takes a seat on the ice while Andrej Meszaros and Marc Savard battle against the boards.  (AP)
A ref takes a seat on the ice while Andrej Meszaros and Marc Savard battle against the boards. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Ottawa  (48-25-9) «2226
Boston (35-41-6)2013
Three Stars
J. Spezza
OTT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
D. Heatley
OTT


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
D. Alfredsson
OTT


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:28Marco Sturm (27), Snap Shot - Assists: Patrice Bergeron, Stanislav Chistov
03:25Mike Comrie (20), Wrap Shot - Assist: Peter Schaefer
05:57Petr Kalus (4), Snap Shot - Assists: Shean Donovan, Marc Savard
06:50Jason Spezza (33), Slap Shot - Assists: Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Phillips
2ND PERIOD
05:15Dany Heatley (51), Wrist Shot - Assists: Daniel Alfredsson, Andrej Meszaros
08:52Jason Spezza (34), Slap Shot - Assists: Christoph Schubert, Dany Heatley
3RD PERIOD
03:42Power Play - Petr Tenkrat (9), Snap Shot - Assists: Patrice Bergeron, Marc Savard
06:18Power Play - Daniel Alfredsson (29), Slap Shot - Assists: Wade Redden, Dany Heatley
09:24Patrick Eaves (14), Backhand Shot - Assists: Chris Neil, Joe Corvo
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
10:42Chistov: Tripping - 2 min.
14:42Reich: Roughing - 2 min.
14:42Fisher: Clipping - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
06:28Saprykin: Hooking - 2 min.
09:17Neil: Hooking - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
03:25Volchenkov: Hooking - 2 min.
05:04Kalus: Holding - 2 min.
05:35Tenkrat: Holding - 2 min.
07:09Sturm: Hooking - 2 min.
10:45Hoggan: Slashing - 2 min.
10:45Neil: Roughing - 2 min.
10:45Neil: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
13:41Heatley: Hooking - 2 min.
19:19Emery: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123T
Ottawa910928
Boston1471132
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ray Emery59:49293
Tim Thomas60:00226
Game Information
Attendance - 17565
Referees - Dennis LaRue, Rob Martell
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Mark Pare
 
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