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game recap

Bruins 2, Senators 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:56 AM

Associated Press

BOSTON - Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots and the Boston Bruins moved within one victory of clinching the best record in the Eastern Conference, beating the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.

Milan Lucic and Marc Savard scored for Boston, which would clinch home ice through the conference final with its next victory or the Washington Capitals' next loss. The Bruins were one point behind West-leading San Jose for the best overall record, pending the Sharks' game against Edmonton later Thursday night.

Daniel Alfredsson scored for Ottawa and Alex Auld made 31 saves.

The Bruins killed off a 6-on-4 in the final 1:55 when Mark Recchi was called for high-sticking and the Senators pulled the goalie for an extra man. Ottawa had a flurry of shots down the stretch before an interference penalty against them evened things up with 2.7 seconds left.

Alfredsson gave the Senators the lead when he took a pass from Jason Spezza and put it over Thomas' right shoulder just 5:23 into the game. Lucic tied it with his slap shot 2:27 into the second.

Boston broke the tie in the third when P.J. Axelsson stole Brendan Bell's clearing attempt and backhanded it over to the slot for Savard, who put a wrist shot past Auld with 16:58 to play. Savard has two goals and four assists in his last five games.

Notes: The Senators finished their six-game road trip with a 2-4-0 record ... Bruins F Patrice Bergeron played his 300th game ... Boston was held without a power-play goal for the first time in five games ... Ottawa returns home to face the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200). Fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for the game.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:23
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (39), Chris Campoli (18)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
02:27
BOS
Milan Lucic (17) Slapshot - ASST: Michael Ryder (25), David Krejci (50)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
03:02
BOS
Marc Savard (24) Snap shot - ASST: P.J. Axelsson (23)
2 - 1 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
09:33
BOS
Stephane Yelle  Holding against  Jesse Winchester
17:39
BOS
Marc Savard  Hooking against  Jason Spezza
2nd Period
05:58
OTT
Jesse Winchester  Hooking against  Patrice Bergeron
17:23
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tim Thomas
17:23
BOS
Shane Hnidy  Roughing against  Jesse Winchester
17:23
OTT
Jesse Winchester  Roughing against  Shane Hnidy
3rd Period
08:58
BOS
Patrice Bergeron  Hooking against  Dany Heatley
18:05
BOS
Mark Recchi  Hi-sticking against  Chris Kelly
19:57
OTT
Jason Spezza  Interference against  Aaron Ward
goalie stats
Alex Auld
Alex Auld
13-18-6
SA: 33TOI: 58:03
Saves: 31EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .939SH: 0 - 0
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
33-11-7
SA: 32TOI: 59:57
Saves: 31EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .969SH: 1 - 1