|BOS||0||0||2||(0 - 0)||2|
|OTT||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
OTTAWA - Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm scored in the third period, sending the Boston Bruins to a 2-0 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.
Thomas, who won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie last season, improved his record this season to 8-8-5 with his 16th career shutout.
Bergeron put a rebound of Shawn Thornton's shot past Brian Elliott 3:19 into the third to break a scoreless tie. Sturm drove in alone and shot past Elliott at 13:07 to make it a two-goal lead.
Boston snapped an 0-2-2 skid and moved past Ottawa into second place in the Northeast Division with 41 points, one ahead of the Senators.
The Bruins, shut out for the fourth time this season Saturday in a 2-0 loss in Toronto, have been held to nine goals in their past five games.
Elliott made 27 saves in his 15th start in the past 16 games while No. 1 goalie Pascal Leclaire recovers from a fractured cheekbone.
Mike Brodeur carried a shutout into the third period of Ottawa's 4-1 victory over Minnesota on Saturday, stopping 22 shots to record the win in his NHL debut.
The Senators have lost three of five and are 5-7-1 in their past 13 games.
Dennis Wideman returned to an injury-depleted Bruins' defence after missing two games because of an undisclosed injury. Derek Morris, whose injury is also unknown, was sidelined for a second straight game and Mark Stuart is out with a broken sternum.
Thornton took the puck off Ottawa's Josh Hennessy in the Senators' zone and took a long shot from the right side. Elliott kicked out a rebound, which Bergeron pounced on to fire home his ninth of the season and give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
Sturm got behind Ottawa defenceman Alexandre Picard and drove the slot to score his 10th of the season.
NOTES: Bruins D Adam McQuaid played his second straight game after making his NHL debut Saturday. Andy Wozniewski was a healthy scratch ... Boston has not lost five in a row since a six-game losing streak in December 2007 ... Senators C Mike Fisher confirmed his engagement to singer Carrie Underwood earlier in the day.
|Patrice Bergeron (9) ASST: Shawn Thornton (4)|
1 - 0 BOS
|Marco Sturm (10) ASST: Marc Savard (7), Zdeno Chara (18)|
2 - 0 BOS
|Erik Karlsson Tripping against Daniel Paille|
|Chris Phillips Interference against Marc Savard|
|Jonathan Cheechoo Hi-sticking against Michael Ryder|
|Alex Kovalev Roughing against Steve Begin|
|Steve Begin Slashing against Alex Kovalev|
|Steve Begin Roughing against Alex Kovalev|
|Alex Kovalev Slashing against Steve Begin|
|SA: 29||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 29||EV: 28 - 28|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 29||TOI: 58:18|
|Saves: 27||EV: 22 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .931||SH: 0 - 0|