Bruins 5, Senators 2: Daniel Paille, Tim Thomas Lead B's To Victory

Daniel Paille scored twice in the third period and Tim Thomas finished with 47 saves as the Boston Bruins coasted past the Ottawa Senators, 5-2. Boston improved to 18-0-0 this season when scoring three or more goals in a game.

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Bruins 5, Senators 2: Daniel Paille, Tim Thomas Lead B's To Victory

Boston took a 2-1 lead over Ottawa into the third period, and the B's scored three times more while giving up one goal as the Bruins defeated the Senators, 5-2, on Wednesday night at TD Garden in Boston, MA.

Boston improved to 18-0-0 when they have scored three of more goals in a game. Tim Thomas had an incredible 47 saves on 49 shots for Boston (20-9-1), which was outshot 49-29 by Ottawa (14-14-4) - including 22-10 in the third period. Ottawa had five power play chances in the game while Boston had none. The B's won 33 of 55 faceoffs. Craig Anderson had 24 saves on 29 shots in the loss for Ottawa.

Rich Peverley scored the game's first goal, his sixth of the season and assisted by Andrew Ference and Joe Corvo, at 12:10 of the first period. Daniel Alfredsson tied the game with his eighth goal of the season, assisted by Jason Spezza, at 4:23 of the second period. Chris Kelly netted his 12th goal of the season (assists from Johnny Boychuk and Peverley) at 13:47 of the middle period, putting the Bruins on top 2-1.

Patrice Bergeron tacked on the eventual game-winning goal (unassisted) at 4:54 of the third period. Daniel Paille scored the first of his two goals at 5:50 (assists from Shawn Thornton, Andrew Ference) and added an unassisted goal at 18:56 of the period, his fifth. Spezza scored Ottawa's only goal of the third at 15:55, assisted by Chris Phillips and Alfredsson.

Boston travels to take on the Philadelphia Flyers at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday afternoon.

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

Event: Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Location: Scotiabank Place (Capacity: 19,153), Ottawa, ON.
Broadcast Info: Wednesday's game between the Bruins and the Senators will be broadcast live on NESN, and TSN and RDS in Canada. The game can also be heard on the 98.5 the Sports Hub Radio Network, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.
Last Time Out: Both teams had the disadvantage of playing last night and then playing again tonight. Back-to-back games are never kind to any team, so it will be interesting to see which team comes out looking stronger and less fatigued. However, both teams are coming off a win as well, and are relying on those good feelings to lead the way tonight.

The Bruins finished off the Kings, 3-0, without leading defenseman Zdeno Chara or key penalty killer, Gregory Campbell. Tuukka Rask was in net, and posted the ninth shutout of his career, and the first of the season.

Brad Marchand scored two goals and is now tied for second on the team in goals scored.

As for the Senators, they lost a key forward in their 3-2 overtime victory against the Buffalo Sabres. Milan Michalek, who leads the NHL in goals scored, netted his 19 goal of the season last night, but left the game in the second period after he collided with teammate Erik Karlsson. It was unclear if he would play in tonight’s game, but Senators’ head coach Paul MacLean said they would take a look at the injury today before the game.

Ottawa scored first in the game, but then gave up two quick goals at the end of the period. That didn’t come back to haunt them though, and they scored the tying goal 7:27 into the third period and finally, Jared Cowen scored the game winner just 45 seconds into the extra frame.

Storyline: The B’s currently hold the lead in the season series against the Senators, winning their last outing together 5-3 at the beginning of November. The Bruins went on to conjure up an amazing winning streak after that game, and will hope to do so again.

The Senators have been struggling quite a bit as well, similar to how the Bruins started their month of December. They have lost five of their last seven and winning last night’s game stopped them from having a four-game losing streak.

Chara traveled with the team, while Campbell stayed at home with a fractured bone in his foot. It’s still unclear if Chara will play tonight.

Players To Watch: As many players will tell you, traveling back to play their old team adds a little spark to their step. Chris Kelly has been on fire already this year, and traveling back to his stomping grounds should give him some extra fire. If he can make that work, no doubt the rest of his line will also come through.

Prediction: With Tim Thomas back in net tonight, and the confidence that the team can play  without their top defenseman, I think the Bruins are going to come out and start a new streak against the Senators once again. Final Score: Bruins 4, Senators 2.


Bruins Vs. Senators: Bruins' Zdeno Chara A Game-Time Decision

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is a game-time decision for the B's as they face the Ottawa Senators in the second night of a back-to-back stretch, according to reports.

Boston defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 3-0, in their first game without Big Z this season, courtesy of a 41-save night from goaltender Tuukka Rask and two goals from Brad Marchand. Chara traveled with the team to Wednesday's morning skate, but said it's unlikely he will play.

"Probably most likely not," Chara said when asked if he would play. "But again, it's a game-time decision. It was the first time on the ice in three-four days. I didn't expect to be feeling great, but I didn't feel bad. That's a good thing."

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said there was a 50-50 chance Chara suits up Wednesday.

"I would expect to see him in on Saturday [against Philadelphia]," Chiarelli told 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich. "I think he's been riding the bike and looking decent and better. I don't know about tonight though."    

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Bruins Vs. Senators: Back-To-Back Nights Will Test Both Teams

Fatigue might set in a little bit as both teams are going for their second game in under 24 hours. Though the outcome was favorable for both teams last night, one will be spoiled tonight in Ottawa.

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