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Bruins 4, Senators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 4, Senators 1
Boston Bruins 4, Ottawa Senators 1

OTTAWA (AP) -Their locker room shaken by coach Claude Julien's challenge, the Boston Bruins wasted no time in demonstrating that his message was heard loud and clear.

Blake Wheeler had two goals and an assist and Tim Thomas extended his winning streak against Ottawa to 11 games and Boston scored four times in the first en route to a 4-1 win over the Senators on Tuesday night.

Wheeler earned points on the Bruins' first three goals and David Krejci and Mark Recchi both had a goal and an assist as Boston jumped out to a 4-0 lead 13:45 in to chase Brian Elliott, who allowed all four goals.

"We came out hard," Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. "We took advantage of the chances and opportunities we had and the most important thing is that we scored goals. Obviously, when you capitalize on those chances it's a big advantage and we were feeding off that momentum."

Thomas stopped 28 shots as he improved to 16-5-2 overall against the Senators, including each of Boston's four wins in as many meetings this season.

"I thought we had good battle tonight," Julien said. "That's something we've been looking for from our team for a while so hopefully we can build on that and not go back to our old ways next game."

Filip Kuba scored in the second period for Ottawa, which had won four of five.

The Senators were well aware that Julien had challenged his players in the wake of a loss in New York the night before.

"We knew they were going to be coming," defenseman Matt Carkner said.

Julien called out his team following a 3-2 loss to the Rangers.

"There were times in the past that they had their dressing room under control," Julien said following Monday night's game. "Right now, you have to coach, you have to be a cheerleader, you've got to wake them up. You've got to do too many things that a coach shouldn't have to do at this level."

Julien's message got through.

"Character's more than just coming back and tying games when you're down by two," Wheeler said. "It's about coming to the rink and playing every game like it's the most meaningful game of the year and right now we're getting to that point where you've got to be firing on all cylinders to get where you want to be and I think that's the message, that we've got to bring it every night if we want to get where we want to go."

The Bruins appeared to be in a hurry to get there from the get-go Tuesday night as Wheeler got credit for opening the scoring 1:46 in when Andrew Ference's backhand from a sharp angle went in off his skate.

Krejci made it 2-0 at 6:05 when he put away the Bruins' sixth shot of their first power play of the game to take an 11-0 lead in shots.

Wheeler, who assisted on Krejci's power-play goal, got his second of the period - his third in two games and 10th of the season - when he deflected Krejci's wrist shot from the right point past Elliott.

Recchi, who also set up Krejci's goal, converted Boston's second power-play opportunity for his ninth goal at 13:45.

Pascal Leclaire replaced Elliott, who stopped 12 of 16 shots. Leclaire, who was replaced by Elliott during Sunday's 7-4 win over Philadelphia, made 19 saves the rest of the way.

Kuba scored his third goal 2:41 into the second. The puck went in off a Senators defenseman's skate after he failed to make contact with his stick and a video review upheld referee Don VanMassenhoven's ruling that goal was good because the puck was "not directed in with a distinct kicking motion."

Ference left the game after he was checked by Ottawa's Chris Phillips early in the second. He did not return.

The Bruins got relatively good news on the injury front earlier in the day when they learned that leading scorer Patrice Bergeron would only miss two weeks because of a broken thumb.

Bergeron, who did not accompany the team to Ottawa and was initially feared lost for longer, broke the tip of his right thumb in three places Monday night when he was struck by a slap shot by teammate Dennis Wideman.

"I think losing him for four to six weeks would have been pretty devastating for our team at this stage," Julien said.

Miroslav Satan made his Bruins debut playing on a line with Wheeler and Krejci. Satan, who signed as a free agent on Sunday, was on the ice for both of Wheeler's goals and finished plus-two.

"For a guy who hasn't played at all this year and he has only had two practices with our hockey club, he's obviously in pretty good shape and I thought he wasn't bad at all," Julien said.

Carkner and Chara got roughing minors after they exchanged punches with 40.4 seconds left in the first.

Carkner fought in the second with Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton, who drew a pat on the back from Chara after he went to the penalty box to serve his major.

NOTES: Thomas has won 11 in a row against the Senators since a 2-1 shootout loss in Boston on Nov. 4, 2007. ... Chara went to the dressing room with a large tear in the back of his jersey under his nameplate after his exchange with Carkner late in the first. ... The Senators, who are missing Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza, closed out a 3-2 homestand.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:46
BOS
Blake Wheeler (9) ASST: Andrew Ference (5), Johnny Boychuk (2)
1 - 0 BOS
06:05
BOS
PPG - David Krejci (8) ASST: Mark Recchi (16), Blake Wheeler (14)
2 - 0 BOS
11:37
BOS
Blake Wheeler (10) ASST: David Krejci (15)
3 - 0 BOS
13:45
BOS
PPG - Mark Recchi (9) ASST: Johnny Boychuk (3), Derek Morris (16)
4 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
02:41
OTT
PPG - Filip Kuba (3) ASST: Nick Foligno (9), Alex Kovalev (17)
4 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
04:23
OTT
Chris Kelly  Slashing against  Michael Ryder
07:23
BOS
Dennis Wideman  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:53
OTT
Peter Regin  Hooking against  David Krejci
19:19
BOS
Steve Begin  Roughing against  Matt Carkner
19:19
OTT
Matt Carkner  Roughing against  Zdeno Chara
19:19
OTT
Matt Carkner  Roughing against  Zdeno Chara
19:19
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Matt Carkner
20:00
OTT
Milan Michalek  Roughing against  Vladimir Sobotka
20:00
OTT
Milan Michalek  Roughing against  Vladimir Sobotka
20:00
BOS
Vladimir Sobotka  Roughing against  Milan Michalek
20:00
BOS
Vladimir Sobotka  Roughing against  Milan Michalek
2nd Period
01:34
BOS
Blake Wheeler  Boarding against  Peter Regin
03:31
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Hooking against  Marco Sturm
06:13
BOS
Steve Begin  Slashing against  Alex Kovalev
09:27
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Tripping against  Daniel Paille
13:08
OTT
Matt Carkner  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
13:08
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Carkner
3rd Period
05:42
BOS
Derek Morris  Interference against  Milan Michalek
06:15
OTT
Milan Michalek  Interference against  Dennis Wideman
06:54
BOS
Matt Hunwick  Hooking against  Nick Foligno
10:17
OTT
Chris Neil  Elbowing against  Daniel Paille
10:17
OTT
Chris Neil  Misconduct (10 min) against  Johnny Boychuk
10:17
BOS
Johnny Boychuk  Misconduct (10 min) against  Chris Neil
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
SA: 28TOI: 59:57
Saves: 27EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .964SH: 1 - 1
Brian Elliott
SA: 16TOI: 13:45
Saves: 12EV: 4 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 19TOI: 46:11
Saves: 19EV: 11 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0