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Krejci, Savard score in third period to help Bruins beat Sens

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BOSTON - David Krejci and Marc Savard scored 4:16 apart midway through the third period to help the Boston Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4 on Thursday night.

Boston won for the 11th time in 13 games, while Ottawa lost for the seventh time in its last eight games.

Krejci put the Bruins ahead 4-3 when he stole the puck from Daniel Alfredsson at the side of the net and backhanded a shot past toward goalie Martin Gerber. Gerber blocked it back to Krejci, who knocked in the rebound at 10:13 of the third period.

Savard gave Boston a two-goal advantage with 5:31 remaining, and P.J. Axelsson scored an empty-net goal with 41 seconds left. Savard also had two assists and leads the Bruins with 52 points.

Brendan Bell tied the score at 3-3 for Ottawa with 5:28 remaining in the second when he converted a pass from Dean McAmmond and beat Fernandez.

Boston avoided losing three straight for the second time this season.

After struggling through an unusual two-game losing streak, Boston took a 2-0 lead 4:15 into the first period. Aaron Ward's slap shot beat Gerber at 2:20, and Chuck Kobasew drove to the net and knocked in Dennis Wideman's shot for a two-goal lead.

Chris Phillips cut Boston's lead in half when his wrist shot squeezed through a screened Manny Fernandez at 12:14 of the first period.

The teams traded goals midway through the second period. Michael Ryder made it 3-1 when he jammed home the rebound of Blake Wheeler's shot at 8:44, and Chris Kelly narrowed cut it to 3-2 after taking advantage of Wideman's turnover.

Gerber allowed five goals on 22 shots for Ottawa, 1-13-3 in its last 17 road games. The Senators' lone win came on Dec. 30 in Edmonton.

Ottawa's Antoine Vermette scored his fourth goal of the season with 28 seconds remaining.

Notes Ottawa's Jarkko Ruutu served the first game of a two-game suspension for biting Buffalo's Andrew Peters. ... Marc Savard played in his 700th game. ... Jason Spezza's first-period assist extended his point streak to five games. ... Boston beat Ottawa for the fourth consecutive time. ... Milan Lucic missed the game because of an undisclosed injury.

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