OTTAWA - Marc Savard had a goal and an assist during a three-goal, first-period outburst Thursday night and the Boston Bruins went to record a 4-1 victory over the Daniel Alfredsson-less Ottawa Senators.
The Senators went into the game without their captain, who entered Thursday's game as the NHL's leading scorer, after he aggravated a hip flexor injury in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the New York Islanders.
They were already without sniper Dany Heatley for the long term because of a separated shoulder, and the high-scoring combo was certainly missed, particularly after the Senators got off to a dismal start when Phil Kessel scored just 32 seconds into the contest.
The Bruins (27-19-5) would go on to beat Ottawa starting goaltender Martin Gerber three times on their opening six shots before a crowd of 19,959 at sold-out Scotiabank Place, recording their third straight victory and fifth in the past six outings.
Rookie Milan Lucic and Chuck Kobasew also had a goal and an assist apiece for Boston and Tim Thomas stopped 30 shots in goal to pick up the victory.
Savard extended his point-scoring streak to nine games, during which he has three goals and 12 assists.
It's the Bruins' first victory over the Senators in four meetings this season.
Antoine Vermette, with a power-play marker, replied for Ottawa (32-16-4), which had its two-game win streak stopped.
Gerber finished with 18 saves.
The Senators went 0-for-2 the last time they started games minus Alfredsson and Heatley, losing 2-0 and 6-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 19 and 20, respectively.
Boston saw left-winger P.J. Axelsson return to its lineup after missing seven games with a bruised right foot.
Savard beat Mike Fisher cleanly on a faceoff and drew the puck back to Kessel at the top of the right faceoff circle. His quick shot beat Gerber to make it 1-0 just 32 seconds in.
A blind drop pass by Jason Spezza at the Boston blue-line resulted in a 3-on-2 break the other way and, after Gerber stopped Chuck Kobasew's initial shot, Lucic was on the doorstep to score on the rebound at the 3:18 mark.
Savard picked off a clearing attempt in the Senators' end and his shot eluded Gerber to give the Bruins a three-goal cushion by the 8:21 mark.
The Senators thought they'd got on the scoreboard minutes later, but Chris Kelly was ruled to have batted a loose puck out of the air and past Thomas with a high stick after a review of the play.
Fisher had a good chance to cut into the lead while killing a two-man disadvantage in the second period, but he fired wide of Thomas' net on a breakaway attempt.
With Ottawa on the power play in the third, Vermette finally solved Thomas after a giveaway in front of the Bruins' net, but that was as close as the Senators could get.
Kobasew scored into an empty net with Gerber on the bench in favour of an extra attacker in the game's final minute.
Notes: - The Senators recalled centre Josh Hennessy from Binghamton of the AHL on Thursday. ... Ottawa's next game is Saturday at Toronto's Air Canada Centre against the Maple Leafs. ... Fowards Patrick Eaves (shoulder and neck) and Cody Bass (ankle) also sat out for Ottawa. ... Kobasew had accounted for four of the Bruins' five goals on the season against the Senators before Thursday's game. ... Boston returns home to play host to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. ... Bruins left-winger Marco Sturm didn't play, missing the chance to appear in his 730th career contest and surpass Uwe Krupp as the all-time leader in games played by a German player.