Boston at Ottawa

Bruins 4, Senators 2 wire reports

OTTAWA -- Boston coach Claude Julien stressed the importance of playing 60 minutes. Ottawa's Craig Hartsburg talked about playing hard with the puck.

Only one message got through Saturday night in the Bruins' 4-2 victory.

"I thought the team played really well overall and really limited the scoring chances," Julien said. "Overall, I thought it was a good solid effort from out hockey club, probably the best one so far this year."

Phil Kessel had two second-period goals and added an assist for Boston. Marco Sturm and Milan Lucic also scored for the Bruins, Marc Savard had three assists, and Manny Fernandez made 21 saves. Fernandez faced only 12 shots in the first 40 minutes.

"The team now realizes that they have to play a strong game when I'm back there," Fernandez said. "They want to play good defensively and they want to help me out as much as they can, so I can't say it's good or bad to only get 12 shots. I have to be focused for those 12 shots, but I wouldn't rather have 36 shots, though."

Nick Foligno and Daniel Alfredsson scored for Ottawa, coming off a 6-3 victory over Phoenix on Friday night.

"You've got to be able to play with the puck to create offense and to compete for loose pucks," Hartsburg said. "We had some flurries in the third finally when we started to work and compete and be strong on pucks. The first two periods we generated hardly anything at all."

The Bruins took a 2-1 lead 4:47 into the second period on Kessel's one-timer off Savard's pass from the corner.

Kessel struck again on a power play with 6:38 left in the period. After the Senators failed to clear a loose puck in front of Martin Gerber, Kessel converted from a pile of players in front of the goal.

"There were a few situations in the first two periods where we were running around in our zone and we gave them a bit too much room and that's a team that takes advantage," Gerber said. "They were pressuring us, especially in the second period and they found the open man."

Alfredsson, playing his second game since returning from knee surgery, cut it to 3-2 on a power play with 4:20 left in the period. Alfredsson took a wrist shot that went over Fernandez's glove and into the top corner.

Lucic completed the scoring with 5:16 left in the third.


Kessel hasn't missed a game since Jan. 9, 2007, when he returned from testicular cancer surgery, a streak of 129 games ... Senators forward Chris Kelly reached 100 career points with a first-period assist.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
Phil Kessel's second goal of the game comes on a power play in the second period.  (Getty Images)
Phil Kessel's second goal of the game comes on a power play in the second period. (Getty Images)
Boston  (2-1-1) «1214
Ottawa (2-2-1)1102
Three Stars
P. Kessel

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
M. Savard

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
M. Sturm

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

Related Video

Scoring Summary
01:06Marco Sturm (1), Backhand Shot. Assist: Bergeron, Kessel
08:04Nick Foligno (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Kelly, Lee
04:47Phil Kessel (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Savard, Ference
13:22Power Play - Phil Kessel (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sturm, Savard
15:40Power Play - Daniel Alfredsson (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Kuba, Heatley
14:43Milan Lucic (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ryder, Savard
Penalty Summary
10:14Lucic, 2 min, Holding
10:29Kessel, 2 min, Slashing
11:25Heatley, 2 min, Hooking
13:58Wheeler, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
18:53Ward, 2 min, Hooking
05:34Ference, 2 min, Tripping
17:36Heatley, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Manny Fernandez60:00212
Martin Gerber59:06234
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Game Information
Attendance - 19318
Referees - Stephane Auger, Kerry Fraser
Linesmen - David Brisebois, Greg Devorski
Other Games
Pho 1 Final
Mon 4
Colu 3 Final
Nash 6
NYI 0 Final
Fla 2
Phi 4 Final
SJ 5
Min 1 Final
TB 0
NJ 4 Final
Wash 3
Cal 2 Final
Edm 3
NYR 4 Final
Det 5
Tor 1 Final
Pitt 4
Colo 5 Final
Dal 4
Buf 2 Final
Atl 3
Chi 3 Final
StL 4