KANATA It wasnt pretty and it wont be most nights without their giant game-changing captain.
The Bruins managed to make it two straight wins without Zdeno Chara in the lineup by limping to a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place that became a sprint in the fateful final period. The Bs did what they had to do in the first two periods to build a slim lead.
Milan Lucic threw down with Matt Carkner in the first period for an emotional spark that led to Rich Peverleys whistling wrist shot, and Chris Kelly took out the garbage with his rebound goal in the second period. The score was Kellys 12th goal of the season and leaves him only three shy of his career-best in that category less than 30 games into the regular season.
A Daniel Alfredsson strike punctuated some nifty two-man hockey with Jason Spezza on one second period shift, but Tim Thomas was otherwise brilliant in bouncing back from a benching against Columbus. Thomas had 47 stops in the victory that pads his career-best win total at the Sens barn through the course of his brilliant Bs career.
The narrow lead opened things up for breakaways by Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille in the third period, and gave Boston the breathing room theyd been seeking the entire game. It also acted as a gut punch of sorts to an Ottawa team that had outplayed the Bruins for large stretches of the game, but couldnt win the all-important third period battle against the Bs.
Paille added a sizzling top shelf wrist shot in the final minutes to put the finishing touches on Bostons seventh win in a row over the Ottawa Senators in whats become a one-sided divisional battle.