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Game Day: Bruins @ Senators

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Boston  0 2 0 2

Ottawa  2 1 0 3

BOS:  Kessel, P. (03:00 in 2nd), Chara, Z. (PPG, 19:51 in 2nd)
OTT:  Schubert, C. (04:23 in 1st), Fisher, M. (SHG, 10:25 in 1st), Heatley, D. (PPG, 13:57 in 2nd) GOALIES
BOS: M. Fernandez  OTT: B. Elliott , A. Auld
0:00 - End of the Third. Sens win 3-2.

57.0 - Fernandez is out.

1:03 - Lucic called for goaltender interference.

1:30 - Another tough save for Manny.

3:14 - Fernandez keeps it a one-goal game...

5:01 - Save Auld. On Kobasew. Twice!

6:49 - Fernadez with a nifty glove save.

8:14 - Offside call on Boston.

9:38 - Savard challenged Auld from center ice. The big goalie made the glove save and held on. The Canadiens have lost to NYR, 3-1.

11:30 - Fernandez stops Kuba.

11:46 - Hooking Savard.

13:50 -  Decent work by Boston.

16:40 - Too many men on the ice for OTT.

18:29 - Save Fernandez. He stopped Spezza.

18:58 - Icing Ottawa.

20:00 - Start of the third.
0:00 - End of the second. This has turned into a pretty good game.

8.8 - Chara scores! From the point, he blasted away. It's 3-2, OTT.

1:29 - Save Fernandez. Phew.

1:41 - Holding, Ottawa. Lee is in the box.

2:29 - Wraparound by Ward. Auld is there.

3:21 - The Bruins are offside.

3:51 - Save Fernandez. He hangs on.

6:03 - Heatley beats Fernandez with a big slapshot from the circle to Manny's left. It's 3-1, Ottawa.

6:36 - Stuart was able to help break up a three-on-one.

7:36 - Savard in the box for Boston.

9:24 - Save Fernandez, as Ottawa takes a turn.

10:45 - Some decent pressure by Boston.

13:42 - Icing Ottawa.

15:05 - Fernandez blockered a Neil shot away.

17:00 - Kessel scored on a second effort! It's 2-1, Ottawa. The inititial shot was Savard's.

17:51 - Wheeler makes Auld work for a save.

18:10 - A better start for Boston.

20:00 - Start of the Second.
0:00 - Ottawa blocked Chuck Kobasew's late backhanded bid. It's 2-0, Sens.

1:38 - Another save for Manny.

2:15 - Save Fernandez.

2:54 - Wheeler came really close, but Auld shut the door.

4:30 - Chris Neil to the box for Ottawa.

6:40 - Heatley's turn. He had a breakaway, but he hit the post. Penalty to Chara.

7:17 - Shannon skates down the right side and fires. And Manny just holds on.

7:54 - Chara gets a bit of a break of his own and shoots from the slot. Save Auld.

8:00 - Heatley is offside.

9:35 - Fisher scored on a shorthanded shot after he beat a B's defenseman over the blueline and to the goal. It's 2-0.

10:20 - Heatley is in the box. Boston is on the PP in one second.

10:59 - Save Fernandez. He holds on.

11:12 - Ottawa hits the post.

11:41 - After an initial shot hits iron, the second Ottawa shot, by Alfredsson, caught Manny in the Bear.

12:20 - Yelle in the box.

12:27 - Shot by Thornton. He caught Auld in the chest.

15:37 - That took a weird route into the goal. Schubert scored. He shot and the puck hit a B's defenseman's stick and over Manny. It's 1-0.

17:00 - A predictably slow start . Icing, Boston.

18:08 - Fernandez on the post, save. He holds it to the net for the draw.

19:20 - Offsides, Ottawa. Another draw.

20:00 - Start of the First Period. Drop the hammer.

Let's switch to time on the clock.

7/:17 p.m.
Awards for P-Bruins
From The Providence Bruins, in their 17th season in the American Hockey League, announced their end of the season team awards, including the Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year and 3 Stars honors.

The AHL's Eddie Shore Award winner and First Team All-Star Johnny Boychuk led the group with three awards, receiving the MetLife Most Valuable Player and Dunkin' Donuts Best Defenseman honors, both voted on by his teammates, and the Shaw's Leading Scorer Award

For the entire release, click here.

6:56 p.m.
And if you think the B's have it bad...
Pat Hickey reports on that the Canadiens have some injury woes, too.

Coach Bob Gainey has shuffled his lineup in preparation for tonight's game against the Rangers.
Gainey didn't have a morning skate and didn't meet the media, but he sent word that Matt D'Agostini and Andrei Kostitsyn will return to the lineup and will flank Tomas Plekanec.
Georges Laraque and Gregory Stewart will be healthy scratches while Christopher Higgins and Mathieu Dandenault will join Glen Metropolit on a checking line.
There's still no word on the condition of defenceman Andrei Markov, who stayed home with some kind of injury, but the Canadiens confirmed that Mathieu Schneider came to New York to get a second opinion on his injured shoulder. Doctors in Montreal have reportedly recommended surgery. 
Carey Price will start in goal.

We'll be keeping an eye on that game, too.

6:53 p.m.'s Fluto Shinzawa thinks that tonight's lines look like this:

Axelsson, Ference, Wideman

6:19 p.m.
Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien has just told the media that defenseman Andrew Ference is out for the rest of the regular season with an undisclosed injury.

He will be re-evaluated as to his playoff availability after that.

I am sure we will learn more during tonight's NESN broadcast. JB

6:08 p.m.
Press Box Notes from Ottawa (Courtesy Senators PR)
Manny Fernandez is in goal tonight.
The Ottawa Senators host the Boston Bruins tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Senators currently hold a record of 35-34-10 and rank fourth in the Northeast Division, while the Bruins are 51-17-10 and sit atop the Eastern Conference, having clinched a playoff berth, the Northeast Division title and the Eastern Conference title.

Ticket availability
[As of 12:45 p.m.] Fewer than 1,250 tickets remained for tonight’s game. The Senators set a record for attendance at a regular-season game when 20,500 fans attended Ottawa's 5-4 win over Montreal on March 19. They also set a record for attendance at a home-opener when 20,182 fans watched the game on Oct. 11 versus Detroit. Through 38 games at Scotiabank Place this season, 724,044 fans have attended games, for an average of 19,054 per game.

The Senators have sold out 18 of their 38 games in Ottawa this season. In 41 home games last season, the Senators averaged 19,821 fans per game and had 38 sell-outs (34 consecutive to end the season) as 812,665 fans visited Scotiabank Place. Both were records for one season. The previous records of 798,453 (total) and 19,474 (average) were set in 2005-06. Scotiabank Place capacity is 19,153.

Game notables
Boston Bruins' Stephane Yelle (18) looks for the rebound in front of Ottawa Senators goalie Alex Auld (31) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, April 2, 2009, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Alex Auld will start in goal tonight for the Senators.

The Senators hold an all-time record of 34-49-8-2 against Boston. The Bruins lead the season series 5-0-0, outscoring Ottawa 21-13.

Marc Savard's goal just over three minutes into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie, leading the Bruins past the Senators 2-1 on April 2 at TD Banknorth Garden. Ottawa opened the scoring when Daniel Alfredsson scored his 24th of the season at 5:23 of the first period, before Milan Lucic tied the game at the 2:27 mark of the second. Savard's tie-breaking goal at 3:02 of the final frame provided the winning margin. Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots in the Boston goal, while Alex Auld also turned aside 31 for Ottawa.

In their best 10-game stretch of the 2008-09 season, the Senators went 9-1-0 (March 5 to March 22), suffering their one loss to the Bruins on March 12.

Ottawa has recorded more overtime wins (six) against Boston than any other of its opponents, most recently on April 11, 2006 (Zdeno Chara), with all wins coming at home.

Did you know?
  • Bruins forwards Stéphane Yelle and Marc Savard are Ottawa natives.
  • Boston is the only Northeast Division rival Ottawa has yet to register a hat trick against.
  • Alex Auld went 9-7-2 with a 2.32 goals-against average in 23 games with the Bruins in 2007-08.
  • Shean Donovan scored six goals and added 11 assists while recording 56 penalty minutes in 76 games in 2006-07 with the Bruins. He was traded to Ottawa in exchange for Peter Schaefer on July 14, 2007.
  • Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara played 299 games for the Senators over four seasons (2001-02 to 2005-06). Chara recorded 51 goals and 95 assists as a Senator.
  • Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was the assistant general manager with the Senators for two years before leaving for Boston in 2006.

5:03 p.m.
NESN Update
From If the Red Sox-Rays Opening Day game extends past 7:30 p.m., the Bruins-Senators game will be available on NESNplus and NESNplus HD channels. Click here to find the NESNplus channel in your area. When Red Sox coverage concludes, come back to NESN and NESN HD for the rest of the Bruins game.

Click here for the channel listing.

2:24 p.m.
Vote Wheeler for Goal of the Year
From Blake Wheeler, Dec. 21, 2008: Boston at St. Louis

Blake Wheeler #26 of the Boston Bruins skates against Cam Janssen #55 of the St. Louis Blues on December 21, 2008 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)
Wheeler is among the League's top rookie scorers for several reasons...On Dec. 21, 2008, while killing a penalty in St. Louis against the Blues, all of those skills were on full display.

This goal is a fine example of Wheeler's world-class skill, coupled with raw power and strength. Wheeler accepts a pass at the red line and slows up after crossing into the Blues' zone, looking perhaps to take some time off the clock.

What happened next, not even he could've predicted. He takes a hit, but somehow keeps his balance. Spinning off of the check, he then beats a St. Louis defenseman one-on-one with a quick outside-in move.

From there, it's Wheeler vs. goaltender Manny Legace, with four Blues on his heels.

Despite the fact that Legace gets a stick on the first shot, Wheeler beats the sticks of all four St. Louis defenders to the rebound and puts it in for his second goal of the game, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead early in the first period.

Go Here to Vote for Wheels for Goal of the Year!

10:30 a.m.

NEW YORK - MARCH 08: Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck in front of Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins falls on March 8, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Word from the Ottawa contingent is that the Bruins will dress the 20 players that flew from Massachusetts to Canada's capital.

That means that Shawn Thornton and Phil Kessel should return to the B's lineup.

Coach Julien said that Manny Fernandez will start against the Sens.

P.J. Axelsson, Andrew Ference and Dennis Wideman are out. So, that should also put Matt Hunwick and Steve Montador back on the blueline.
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