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Bruins seize control of Northeast with win over Sens

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:16 AM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Bruins seize control of Northeast with win over Sens
Ottawa Senators 3, Boston Bruins 4
That early-season slump in Boston seems so long ago right now.

Michael Ryder scored in regulation and again in the shootout on Saturday night as the Bruins moved into first place in the Northeast Division with a 4-3 victory against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden.

Ryder's goal in regulation was one of three power-play goals for the Bruins (13-8-5), who overcame an early 2-0 deficit, and have won five of their last six games.

Ryder scored the lone goal in the shootout, which came after the first six participants failed. He was just 2-for-14 in his career and 0-for-2 this season before the winner.

"I feel like I think too much, maybe that was the difference," Ryder said. "I just went on instinct. I really didn't know what I was going to do going in on him."

The Senators (13-7-4) got off to a fast start with a pair of goals in the first 7:22. Daniel Alfredsson tallied his ninth goal of the season at 4:22 when he gained control near the left boards before firing a wrister past Tim Thomas (19 saves). Milan Michalek made it 2-0 less than three minutes later via the power play as he took a pass from Alfredsson and ripped a wrister from the right circle past Thomas.

"I thought we got off to a real good start, almost too good, too soon, then we sort of just got very lethargic in the middle frame of that game," Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. "I thought the last part of the second period and a good portion of the third period we were OK, but we didn't do enough good things."

Boston got on the comeback trail early in the second, as David Krejci scored on the power play just 59 seconds into the period. With Nick Foligno in the box for tripping, Krejci flipped a backhand shot past Brian Elliott (30 saves) and underneath the crossbar to make it 2-1.

Ryder tied the game with a power-play goal of his own roughly nine minutes later, converting on Zdeno Chara's feed with a wrist shot for his seventh goal of the season.

Dennis Wideman capitalized on yet another Boston power play when he beat Elliott 9:19 into the third to give Boston the lead. After Alex Kovalev was whistled for interference, Wideman took a pass from Krejci and fired a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that beat a screened Elliott as the Bruins grabbed their first lead of the night.

But Michalek tied the game for Ottawa in the final minute of regulation, as his wrist shot from point-blank range beat Thomas with just 19.3 seconds to go.

"We had to battle back and get some positives out of it," Foligino said.

Material from wire services was used in this report.








scoring summary
1st Period
04:52
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (9) ASST: Milan Michalek (5)
1 - 0 OTT
07:22
OTT
PPG - Milan Michalek (12) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (16), Alexandre Picard (9)
2 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
00:59
BOS
PPG - David Krejci (3) ASST: Mark Recchi (7), Dennis Wideman (7)
2 - 1 OTT
09:57
BOS
PPG - Michael Ryder (7) ASST: Zdeno Chara (13), Marc Savard (6)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
09:19
BOS
PPG - Dennis Wideman (2) ASST: David Krejci (9), Blake Wheeler (7)
3 - 2 BOS
19:40
OTT
Milan Michalek (13) ASST: Alexandre Picard (10), Jason Spezza (13)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDBOSOTTTOTAL
1P. Bergeron
A. Kovalev
0 - 0
2B. Wheeler
J. Spezza
0 - 0
3D. Krejci
D. Alfredsson
0 - 0
4M. Ryder
M. Fisher
1 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
07:03
BOS
Marc Savard  Hi-sticking against  Chris Kelly
11:37
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Hi-sticking against  Daniel Paille
13:41
BOS
David Krejci  Holding against  Alex Kovalev
2nd Period
00:41
OTT
Nick Foligno  Tripping against  Dennis Wideman
08:13
OTT
Chris Kelly  Hooking against  Mark Recchi
11:52
BOS
Marco Sturm  Tripping against  Jason Spezza
15:08
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hooking against  Byron Bitz
3rd Period
08:03
OTT
Alex Kovalev  Interference against  Marc Savard
16:54
BOS
Mark Recchi  Hooking against  Alex Kovalev
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
SA: 33TOI: 64:19
Saves: 30EV: 25 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 7
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
Tim Thomas
SA: 22TOI: 64:58
Saves: 19EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .864SH: 0 - 0