BOSTON (AP) -Dany Heatley's 50th goal of the season gave the Ottawa Senators the lead for good and they clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Heatley became the first player with consecutive seasons of at least 50 goals since Pavel Bure did it with Florida in 2001 and 2002. Heatley also had exactly 50 last season, his first with Ottawa.
The Senators will open their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at home against Pittsburgh. They needed just a win to clinch the fourth seed and keep the Penguins in fifth.
The Bruins ended another disappointing season, their first under coach Dave Lewis. They lost their last six games and went 1-10-1 in their last 12. First-year general manager Peter Chiarelli, Ottawa's assistant GM last season, overhauled the Bruins roster, but they missed the playoffs for the second straight season and have won just one playoff series in 11 seasons.
With the score 2-2, Heatley's slap shot from the top of the left circle went between goalie Tim Thomas' right pad and the post with 5:15 gone in the second period.
|Apr 07 '07||OTT 6 at BOS 3||J. Spezza|
|Mar 27 '07||BOS 3 at OTT 2||Z. Chara|
|Jan 27 '07||BOS 1 at OTT 3||C. Neil|
|Jan 20 '07||OTT 3 at BOS 0||C. Phillips|
|Jan 09 '07||BOS 2 at OTT 5||D. Alfredsson|
|Dec 19 '06||BOS 7 at OTT 2||M. Savard|
|Nov 11 '06||OTT 3 at BOS 4||P. Bergeron|
|Oct 28 '06||OTT 1 at BOS 2||Z. Chara|