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Axelsson scores in shootout, Bruins beat slumping Senators 4-3 @NHL

OTTAWA - P.J Axelsson scored in the fifth round of a shootout and the NHL-leading Boston Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 Thursday.

The Bruins extended Ottawa's winless streak to four games. After taking a 3-2 lead with just over 11 minutes remaining, the Senators couldn't hold on. Antoine Vermette was given a double-minor for high sticking Michael Ryder, and Chuck Kobasew tied the game 64 seconds into the power play to force overtime.

Blake Wheeler and Zdeno Chara also scored for the Bruins (39-8-6) while Tim Thomas made 19 saves for his 24th win of the season.

Nick Foligno, Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators (17-26-7). Brian Elliott faced 30 shots.

Senators coach Cory Clouston lost for the second straight game since taking over behind the bench. Clouston was hired Feb. 2 to replace fired coach Craig Hartsburg.

The Senators are now 0-3-0 against division rival Boston this season.

The Bruins opened the scoring with a power-play goal midway through the first period as Wheeler tipped Andrew Ference's shot past Elliott.

Elliott, playing his tenth game, made some big saves on Ryder and Phil Kessel in the second, but didn't look so good when he was beat by Chara with a shot from the blue-line.

Foligno managed to get the Senators on the scoreboard with a solid individual effort as he got around Boston's Dennis Wideman and then beat Thomas with his backhand.

Prior to this game the Senators had a 1-20-1 record when trailing after two periods.

Alfredsson tied the game just 58 seconds into the third period as he beat Thomas glove side.

The Senators took the lead on Spezza's goal at 8:33 after a great effort by Foligno to keep the puck in deep.

Notes: Ottawa LW Dean McAmmond was a healthy scratch. Ottawa was without LW Shean Donovan (ankle, indefinite), D Alexandre Picard (wrist, indefinite) and C Cody Bass (shoulder, indefinite). The Bruins were without LW Milan Lucic (foot, day-to-day), D Matt Hunwick (flu, questionable), C Petteri Nokelainen (undisclosed), LW Marco Sturm (knee, season).

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