Bruins-Senators Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 10, 2013
Having rebounded from a brief lull, the Boston Bruins will try to add to their momentum by continuing their recent dominance over the injury-plagued Ottawa Senators. The Bruins seek a 10th straight victory in Ottawa and an 11th in 12 overall meetings Monday night while trying to end the Senators' five-game home win streak. Boston dropped back-to-back games for only the second time this season Tuesday when it blew an early three-goal lead in Washington en route to a 4-3 overtime defeat. The Bruins (16-3-3) bounced back with a 4-2 win over visiting Toronto on Thursday then dominated Philadelphia in a 3-0 home victory Saturday. Boston did all of its scoring in a span of 2:18 in the first period and Tuukka Rask recorded his second shutout after allowing four goals in each of his two previous starts. "Our guys stuck to the game plan," said coach Claude Julien, who needs one more victory to tie Milt Schmidt's 245 for the second-most in Bruins history. "We looked more like the team that had those leads in the past. We had a little glitch there for a couple of games. We're hoping to turn the page on that." A trip to Ottawa would appear to help Julien's team do just that. The Bruins, owners of one of the league's best road records at 8-1-2, have won nine straight in Ottawa since April 7, 2009. The streak is tied for the league's longest active against any opponent. Anaheim has also won nine in a row in Edmonton. A 10th consecutive road win would match the fifth-longest streak in NHL history against one team. The Senators, however, are in the midst of their longest home win streak since they claimed seven in a row Jan. 19-Feb. 11, 2010. Ottawa is 9-1-2 at Scotiabank Place this season but has been outscored 31-12 in its last nine meetings there with the Bruins. In this season's lone meeting in Boston on Feb. 28, the Bruins won 2-1 on Patrice Bergeron's overtime goal. Bergeron has eight goals and three assists in his last nine games against Ottawa and five points (three goals, two assists) in his last two visits to Scotiabank. Rask stopped 31 shots in last month's meeting, and has a 0.98 goals-against average with a shutout in winning his three career starts versus the Senators. Boston will once again face an Ottawa team that's missing top goaltender Craig Anderson (ankle), reigning Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson (Achilles) and veteran center Jason Spezza (back). The Senators (13-8-4) had won five in a row without those players in late February but followed with four straight road losses. Ottawa snapped that skid Friday by topping the New York Rangers 3-2 on Jakob Silfverberg's goal with 4:41 remaining. "Tonight was a big boost for us. We laid it all out on the line in the third period," captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "It was great to come out with two points." Despite thriving in Ottawa, the Senators haven't had much luck on the power play, converting just two of 23 chances (8.7 percent) in their last seven home games. Getting more production from that unit could be difficult against a Boston team that has killed off 40 of 41 penalties away from home and 46 of 50 over its last 13 contests overall.
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