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Bruins 5, Senators 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 5, Senators 3
Ottawa Senators 3, Boston Bruins 5
Three Stars of the Game
Rich Peverley
1st
Rich Peverley
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:43
Patrice Bergeron
2nd
Patrice Bergeron
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 22:04
Nick Foligno
3rd
Nick Foligno
LW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 12:37

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins have already put their brutal October behind them.

The defending Stanley Cup champions opened November with a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night, getting back-to-back goals from Johnny Boychuk and Daniel Paille 47 seconds apart to break open a tie game in the third period.

After going 3-7 in October, the Bruins looked much more like the team that hoisted the Cup in June than the bumbling bunch that returned this fall and finished the opening month with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Zdeno Chara had two assists for the Bruins, who ended the Senators' six-game winning streak.

Boston outshot Ottawa 41-26 and shut down the NHL's top power play, holding Ottawa scoreless on three chances with the man advantage. Ottawa had 13 power-play goals in its first 12 games.

The Bruins controlled the second period and took a 3-2 lead on goals by Patrice Bergeron and Kelly, then put in two more after Ottawa's Jared Cowen tied it at 3-all on his first NHL goal with 14:56 left in the game.

Boychuk gave Boston a 4-3 lead with a slap shot from the point for his first goal of the season, and less than a minute later Shawn Thornton tipped a pass to Paille for a breakaway goal that put the Bruins up by two.

That was a big enough cushion for Tim Thomas (4-4), who finished with 23 saves.

Craig Anderson (6-3) stopped 36 shots for Ottawa, which hadn't lost since Oct. 18.

"I think the Stanley Cup champions showed up and they decided they wanted to play. They were determined to win, and the solutions that we had for them weren't working," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "They were quicker than us. They were on the puck better than we were. They made us play in our end way, way too much. When those things happen, bad things happen."

Nick Foligno finished with a goal and two assists, and Stephane DaCosta had a goal and his first NHL assist for Ottawa. It was the first three-point game of Foligno's NHL career and first two-point effort for Da Costa.

After getting outplayed in the second, the Senators grinded out the early part of the third and tied it when Foligno dropped a pass back to the point to Cowen, who fired a slap shot past a screen of players and Thomas' right pad. That offset a goal by former Senators centre Chris Kelly, which had given the Bruins a 3-2 lead through two periods.

But Boychuk tied it on a blast from the point with 13:19 to go, and Paille got loose for a breakaway goal on Anderson with 12:42 left.

Foligno gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead in the first period when he grabbed a loose puck and lofted a backhander off Thomas' blocker. The puck dropped behind him, and Bobby Butler crashed the net for Ottawa, occupying Thomas and the Bruins as the puck trickled across the goal line.

Milan Lucic tied it with a power-play goal with 12:48 left in the first, lifting a rebound over Anderson, but Ottawa struck again barely a minute later.

Foligno pounced on a loose puck and slid a backward pass between his legs to DaCosta, who poked a shot past Thomas as the details of Lucic's goal were being announced to the crowd.

NOTES: Ottawa hadn't lost since falling to 1-5 with a 7-2 loss to Philadelphia ... Bergeron's goal in the second period extended his point streak to five games ... Shawn Thornton and Ottawa's Zenon Konopka squared off in a long fight just after the opening goal. Neither player made much contact despite throwing numerous haymakers ... The Senators return to action Friday night at Scotiabank Place against the Montreal Canadiens (7:30 p.m., Sportsnet East, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
05:19
OTT
Nick Foligno (3) ASST: Stephane Da Costa (1), Bobby Butler (1)
1 - 0 OTT
07:12
BOS
PPG - Milan Lucic (4) ASST: Zdeno Chara (4), Dennis Seidenberg (2)
1 - 1 Tie
07:28
OTT
Stephane Da Costa (3) ASST: Nick Foligno (2), Chris Neil (3)
2 - 1 OTT
2nd Period
04:21
BOS
Patrice Bergeron (3) ASST: Tyler Seguin (7), Brad Marchand (3)
2 - 2 Tie
18:00
BOS
Chris Kelly (3) ASST: Rich Peverley (2), Zdeno Chara (5)
3 - 2 BOS
3rd Period
05:04
OTT
Jared Cowen (1) ASST: Chris Neil (4), Nick Foligno (3)
3 - 3 Tie
06:41
BOS
Johnny Boychuk (1) ASST: Chris Kelly (4), Rich Peverley (3)
4 - 3 BOS
07:18
BOS
Daniel Paille (2) ASST: Shawn Thornton (1), Gregory Campbell (1)
5 - 3 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
01:46
OTT
Sergei Gonchar  Hooking against  Milan Lucic
05:23
OTT
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
05:23
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
05:31
OTT
Sergei Gonchar  Hooking against  Patrice Bergeron
07:40
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Boarding against  Jesse Winchester
07:40
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Unsportsmanlike conduct
07:40
OTT
Zack Smith  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Gregory Campbell
2nd Period
06:30
OTT
Jason Spezza  Hooking against  Tyler Seguin
11:32
BOS
Nathan Horton  Boarding against  Zack Smith
14:49
OTT
Chris Neil  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tim Thomas
19:14
OTT
Chris Neil  Slashing against  David Krejci
3rd Period
12:03
BOS
Brad Marchand  Holding the stick against  Filip Kuba
17:18
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Smith
17:18
OTT
Zack Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Gregory Campbell
19:47
OTT
Jason Spezza  Holding against  David Krejci
19:47
OTT
Chris Neil  Boarding against  Zdeno Chara
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 41TOI: 57:22
Saves: 36EV: 26 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .878SH: 2 - 2
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
4-4-0
SA: 26TOI: 59:58
Saves: 23EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 0