OTTAWA, CANADA - DECEMBER 14: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his third period goal with team mate Brad Marchand #63 during an NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on December 14, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Bruins 5, Senators 3: B's Take Win Amidst Wild Third Period

On Saturday night, Patrice Bergeron (2 Goals) and the Boston Bruins avoided yet another losing streak as they defeated the Ottawa Senators by a score of 5-3 at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, ON.

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Bruins 5, Senators 3 Final Score: B's Pull Off Win After Scrappy Third Period

That period didn't end up the way anyone thought it would, but the Bruins did earn two points in their 5-3 win over the Senators in Ottawa on Friday.

Not only did the B's win in the second game of a back-to-back set, but they did so without Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley or Shawn Thornton.

In the third period, they lost defenseman Johnny Boychuk as well after he was leveled by Senators forward Chris Neil at the beginning of the frame. Boychuk left the game and didn't return, leaving the Bruins with five defenseman for the rest of the game.

Not long after that, Senators forward Kyle Turris was sent to the penalty box for boarding Joe Corvo, hitting him right in the head and sending him to the ice. Corvo was able to get up under his own power, but the hit will most likely be visited by NHL head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

Even then, the Bruins were able to hold their composure and even took a 4-1 lead after David Krejci scored a goal on the power play, when Colin Greening was sent off the ice for goaltender interference.

However, the Bruins borderline lost control of the game, when Bruins captain Zdeno Chara decided to go after Neil for his hit on Boychuk. Though the 6'9 behemoth nearly knocked himself down in the fight, Neil was able to take that momentum back to the bench and the Senators gave Boston a run for their money in the final seven minutes of play.

With Chara in the box for fighting, Ottawa's elite played on the ice with just four defenseman--Adam McQuaid, Andrew Ference, Dennis Siedenberg and Joe Corvo blocking their way. They found the net quickly and often, giving the building energy and the Bruins some headaches.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson scored twice in 1:37, putting the Senators within one goal with 2:08 left in the game. Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson each assisted on both of the goals.

However Bruins go-to guy Patrice Bergeron added some assurance and took the wind out of Ottawa's sails with 19 seconds left to go, scoring and empty net goal from his own blue line to give the Bruins the 5-3 win.

Carter Camper earned his first career NHL goal in the second period, scoring the third goal of the game. The other Bruins goals were scored by Brad Marchand and another by Bergeron.

Marchand now leads the team in goals with 22, while teammate Milan Lucic sits just below him with 21.

The B's now sit five points above Ottawa with three games in hand. However both teams will have plenty of fodder to use in Tuesday's game, when the Senators come to Boston.

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Bruins Vs. Senators Score Update: Camper Gets First NHL Goal, B's Take 3-1 Lead

It hasn't been too often that the Bruins have been able to take a lead and then add to and maintain that lead in the last month or so.

But after establishing a 2-1 lead in the first period, the Bruins came out in the second period and extended the lead, and it was done courtesy of greenhorn Carter Camper.

Camper was recently called up to the NHL from Providence and, playing in only his third NHL game, came up with a big goal in the slot and put the Bruins up 3-1 with a backhand less than four minutes into the second period.

The Bruins dominated the period in shots, adding 16--giving them a game total of 29 so far. They managed to keep the Senators to only 6, putting them at 15 total shots this game.

Tim Thomas was on his game again in the second period, and even with some tricky shots from forward Jason Spezza, Thomas was able to keep his cool and stop the puck when he needed to.

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Bruins Vs. Senators Score Update: B's Lead Ottawa, 2-1, After First Period

Through 20 minutes at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, the Boston Bruins have already surpassed their goal tally last night in Buffalo as they lead the Senators by a score of 2-1 at the end of the first period.

Things didn't get started off on the right skate for the B's early on, as they quickly surrendered the lead after just over a minute of play on an Erik Karlsson wrist shot beat Tim Thomas, giving the Senators the early 1-0 advantage. However, Thomas and B's wouldn't look back after that.

Just a few minutes following the first goal, Patrice Bergeron equalized the score with a wrist shot that flew right past Alex Auld making it 1-1. Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin were both credited with assists.

The game looked as if the teams would go in even after the first period, but Brad Marchand wasn't having any of that, as he delivered a wrist shot past Auld to give Boston the 2-1 advantage with just over three minutes left in the period. Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara were credited with assists.

The only penalty thus far has been Zdeno Chara cross check for a two-minute minor, but it did not result into anything for the Senators.

Tim Thomas has saved eight out of nine shots for the B's while Alex Auld has made 11 of 13 saves for Ottawa.

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Bruins Vs. Senators Preview: TV/Radio Info, Time, Location And More

Event: Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators
Date/Time: Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 7 p.m. EST.
Location: Scotiabank Place (Capacity: 19,153), Ottawa, Ontario.
Broadcast Info: Saturday’s game between the Bruins and the Senators will be broadcast live on NESN. The game can also be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.

Last Time Out: As has been the norm for the Bruins as of late, they failed at converting back-to-back wins once again, falling 2-1 in a shootout to the Buffalo Sabres.

Zdeno Chara scored the lone goal for the Bruins, netting his ninth goal of the season to tie the game early in the third period. But once it went to the shootout, Tuukka Rask wasn’t able to keep enough pucks out of the net and Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy sealed the game for the Sabres.

The Senators have been making their way through the second part of this season with a little hop in their step--especially in the last few weeks. They have won five of their last six games, including a 5-2 win over the Capitals on Wednesday.

Milan Michalek had three points including two goals and one assist in that game and has 27 goals on the season so far.

Storyline: Though the Bruins hold three games in hand against the Senators, Ottawa currently sits just three points behind them in the Northeast Division.

Despite the Bruins shortcomings as of late, and the Senators improvements, the Bruins have won all three contests this season between the two teams, including the last game in Ottawa back in December.

There have been four fights in the three games they have played together, and the most recent game, both Shawn Thornton and Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves in the same game, less than two minutes apart from each other.

The game was also memorable for Dennis Seidenberg who scored in the game, but it was from the center red line. That goal ended up being the game winner for the Bruins.

Players To Watch: Bruins forward Daniel Paille has had some success against the Senators this year, with three goals in the season series. Milan Lucic also has two goals.

One player to particularly keep an eye on is David Krejci. Since Claude Julien switched him to the wing instead of center, he has improved immensely and has begun to play with some added fire. Expect him to play well tonight with the success Lucic has had against this team.

Prediction: Even though the Bruins lost last night, they still played a well fought game and looked a bit more consistent than the few games prior. But, they can’t let their guard down just because they have done well against this team, and they have to come out early again and find the lead. Final Score: Bruins 4, Senators 1.

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Bruins Vs. Senators: B's Finish Up Road Trip In Ottawa

The Bruins have to take the good from last night and use it against a hot Ottawa team tonight before heading back to Beantown and finishing up their extended road trip.

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