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Bruins keep rolling, blank Senators

Feb 27, 2008 - 4:33 AM By Tony Lee PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

BOSTON (Ticker) -- With help from some unlikely sources, the Boston Bruins finally transferred some road magic to their home ice.

Fifth-year winger Shawn Thornton scored his seventh career goal and rookie David Krejci notched his first in the NHL as the Bruins blanked the struggling Ottawa Senators, 4-0, on Tuesday night.

Defenseman Zdeno Chara scored a pair of tallies, including a shorthanded empty-net goal, as Boston made it two straight wins over Ottawa after losing the first three meetings this season.

The Bruins moved into a tie with the New York Rangers for sixth place in the Eastern Conference and within six points of the first-place Senators in the Northeast Division.

Chara admitted chasing down the Senators, a far-fetched idea earlier in the season, has become realistic.

"The standings are pretty tight," he said. "We just have to look ahead instead of behind and try to catch those in front of us."

Tim Thomas made 22 saves in his second shutout of the season and stretched the Senators' scoreless streak to 120 minutes since a 4-3 overtime win at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Ottawa was coming off a dismal 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday and fell to 2-4-2 in its last eight games.

"We're running out of frustration," said Senators coach John Paddock, who had to answer questions about his job security. "I'm concerned about the hockey team. My job is that you're part of the answer when things are right and part of the solution when things are not."

The Bruins, meanwhile, had earned nine of a possible 10 points on a five-game road trip (4-0-1) that ended with a win in Tampa Bay on Saturday, tying them with Philadelphia for the most road wins in the Eastern Conference with 18.

However, Boston had not won at home in nearly a month, losing four straight at TD Banknorth Garden following a triumph here against Nashville on January 29.

The suddenly anemic Senators provided a chance for the Bruins to reverse that trend as they opened a stretch of six of seven at home, hours after being one of the few teams in the league not to make a trade before the deadline.

"Well, I think we did a good job of keeping it simple," Thornton said of playing better at home. "We do a good job of that on the road, we just go out and play. Tonight there were no distractions, guys fought through the whole deadline thing and just focused on the game."

"That first game at home is always a big challenge," Boston coach Claude Julien said of the homestand. "Having lost our last four at home, it was important to bounce back."

Julien appeared pleased with Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli's decision to stand pat at the deadline.

"This is a group of guys that have done a lot since the start of the season to get into their roles and we're talking about a good mix of young players and veterans," he said. "We've managed to build a pretty good chemistry."

Boston struck early with a soft goal just over five minutes in.

Moments after the Bruins killed the first penalty of the night, Vladimir Sobotka found Thornton sliding into the slot alone.

Thornton who has scored all three of his goals this season in Boston's last two home games got the puck past sprawling Ottawa defenseman Anton Volchenkov and saw it trickle through goaltender Martin Gerber's legs.

"He made a great pass to me, I wanted to shoot it and I got in the lane and just threw it on net," Thornton said. "A little lucky but once again I'll take it."

Krejci tallied for the first time late in the period to make it 2-0. Rookie Milan Lucic picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and found Peter Schaefer for a slap shot that Gerber turned away.

Lucic picked up the rebound aside the net and slid the puck across the crease to Krejci, who ended a 41-game goalless streak to start his career.

"Today it finally went in," Krejci said. "I have 35 games (this season) and zero goals. I had chances."

Thornton said he had a feeling Krejci's time had come.

"Right after I scored, actually we were sitting beside each other on the bench and I said, 'You gotta get yours tonight too,' and I think two shifts later I think he got it," Thornton said. "It's always exciting to see a kid get his first NHL goal. You dream about it as a kid, right, so good for him."

Chara blasted a slap shot past Gerber for a power-play goal 2:15 into the second. He has five goals in his last five games.

Gerber stopped 25 shots for the Senators, who have been outscored, 9-0, since netting the final four goals in Saturday's victory.

"It's definitely disappointing," Gerber said. "You know, after last night (the loss to Toronto), we really wanted to get things going and we tried to play simpler and play with more urgency. Some parts of the game we played good, but some breakdowns here and we just couldn't get that goal past Thomas."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    OTTAWA 0 0 0 0
    BOSTON 2 1 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BOS - SHAWN THORNTON 3 (VLADIMIR SOBOTKA) 5:24
    BOS - DAVID KREJCI 1 (PETER SCHAEFER, MILAN LUCIC) 17:23
    2ND PRD: BOS - (PP) ZDENO CHARA 13 (MARCO STURM, MARC SAVARD) 2:15
    3RD PRD: BOS - (EN) ZDENO CHARA 14 (UNASSISTED

    Feb 26 10:00 PM


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    OTTAWA 0
    BOSTON 4
    3RD PRD: BOS - (EN) ZDENO CHARA 14 (UNASSISTED) 18:37

    Senators 0, Bruins 4  3rd - 1:23Feb 26 9:57 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 0 0
    BOSTON 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BOS - SHAWN THORNTON 3 (VLADIMIR SOBOTKA) 5:24
    BOS - DAVID KREJCI 1 (PETER SCHAEFER, MILAN LUCIC) 17:23
    2ND PRD: BOS - (PP) ZDENO CHARA 13 (MARCO STURM, MARC SAVARD) 2:15
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3

    Feb 26 9:07 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 0
    BOSTON 3
    2ND PRD: BOS - (PP) ZDENO CHARA 13 (MARCO STURM, MARC SAVARD) 2:15

    Senators 0, Bruins 3  2nd - 17:45Feb 26 8:36 PM
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 0
    BOSTON 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BOS - SHAWN THORNTON 3 (VLADIMIR SOBOTKA) 5:24
    BOS - DAVID KREJCI 1 (PETER SCHAEFER, MILAN LUCIC) 17:23
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    OTT 12 12
    BOS 12

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    OTTAWA 0
    BOSTON 2
    1ST PRD: BOS - DAVID KREJCI 1 (PETER SCHAEFER, MILAN LUCIC) 17:23

    Senators 0, Bruins 2  1st - 2:37Feb 26 8:09 PM


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    OTTAWA 0
    BOSTON 1
    1ST PRD: BOS - SHAWN THORNTON 3 (VLADIMIR SOBOTKA) 5:24

    Senators 0, Bruins 1  1st - 14:36Feb 26 7:46 PM
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