December 29, 2013

NHL Roundup: Senators bounce back against Bruins

Ottawa avenges Friday’s shutout.

The Associated Press

OTTAWA — Bobby Ryan scored at 15:25 of the third period and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Saturday night.

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Boston Bruins’ Milan Lucic is checked by Ottawa Senators’ Joe Corvo during the first period of Saturday night’s NHL game in Ottawa, Ontario.

The Associated Press

Patrick Wiercioch, Cory Conacher and Zack Smith also scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson stopped 29 shots to earn the victory.

Daniel Paille, Jarome Iginla and David Warsofsky scored for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on 12 shots before being replaced by Chad Johnson, who allowed one goal on 18 shots.

Both teams were missing a number of key players, including both captains as the Senators were without Jason Spezza and the Bruins were without Zdeno Chara. Both sat out with lower body injuries.

Ottawa rebounded after Friday’s 5-0 loss in Boston. The Senators got off to a strong start and managed to play well enough through 60 minutes to hold off the Bruins.

Ryan scored the winner after forcing a turnover at the Ottawa blue line and breaking in alone, beating Johnson with a high backhand.

Smith was called for a faceoff violation with two minutes left to play, leaving Ottawa short-handed. The Senators held off the hard-pressing Bruins for the win.

Earlier in the period, the Senators caught a break when what would have been Iginla’s second goal of the game was reviewed and ruled to have been kicked into the net, keeping the game tied 3-3.

Ottawa opened the scoring at 7:04 of the first as Wiercioch jumped into the play to grab a rebound and beat Rask through the legs.

The Bruins tied the game on Paille’s fourth of the season at 12:06 as he sidestepped Erik Karlsson along the sideboards and beat Anderson.

Conacher made it 2-1 for the Senators at 14:28 of the first when he tipped a Kyle Turris backhand.

The Senators made it 3-1 just 29 seconds into the second on Smith’s short-handed goal. It also marked the end of Rask’s night.

Anderson made several good saves through the second, but had no chance on Iginla’s 12th of the season as he was left all alone at the side of the net for an easy tap-in.
Warsofsky, with his first in the NHL, tied it 3-3 at 6:36 of the third with a shot from the side boards.

GAME NOTES: C Jason Spezza and D Chris Phillips missed the game with a lower body injury. In Spezza and Phillips’ absence Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson wore an `A’. D Eric Gryba was a healthy scratch for the Senators. ... The Bruins announced D Dennis Seidenberg will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. D Zdeno Chara was a late scratch and is listed day to day. The Bruins were also without C Carl Soderberg. D Zach Trotman was recalled on an emergency basis and made his NHL debut.

CANADIENS 2, LIGHTNING 1: Lars Eller scored the lone shootout goal, Carey Price stopped all three shots he faced in the tiebreaker, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Saturday night.

Eller made a couple moves before beating Ben Bishop on the Canadiens’ first shootout attempt.
Tomas Plekanec scored in regulation for Montreal. Price stopped 23 shots through overtime.

Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, who also got 20 saves in regulation and overtime from Bishop. Tampa Bay had its five-game winning streak end.

DEVILS 2, ISLANDERS 1: Cory Schneider stopped 30 shots, and Travis Zajac scored the go-ahead goal with 6:57 left when the puck went in off his face as New Jersey won on Long Island.

Zajac was credited with his seventh goal when a shot by Marek Zidlicky struck him when he stood in front of the net. Schneider earned his first win since Nov. 30 when he shut out Buffalo.

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