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Senators, Bruins aim to bounce back after losses

by Brian Hunter

SENATORS (11-12-5) at BRUINS (15-13-1)


Season series: Boston Bruins forward Matt Fraser has three goals this season; two of them came in an 88-second span of the second period Nov. 1 in a 4-2 win against the Ottawa Senators.

Senators team scope: Dave Cameron gets a second crack at his first NHL coaching win after the Los Angeles Kings ruined his debut with a three-goal third period to defeat Ottawa 5-3 on Thursday. Cameron said in comments posted by the Senators website that the Bruins pose a similar challenge. "All those teams play the same way," he said. "They play hard. The score doesn't really affect them. They've won doing it, so they trust it even more. The momentum swings are a lot less because the score doesn't matter." Cameron expects forward Clarke MacArthur to be available after he missed the game Thursday with the flu. Defenseman Marc Methot, who has missed the past two games after playing his first two of the season, remains a question mark. Goaltender Robin Lehner will get his first start since Nov. 29.

Bruins team scope: In getting captain Zdeno Chara back Thursday but losing 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks, a rather odd trend continued: Boston is 4-6-0 this season with Chara in the lineup and 11-7-1 without him. Chara received his regular workload in his return from a knee injury, logging 24:11 of ice time, delivering two hits, recording one shot and taking two minor penalties. Forward Chris Kelly said in comments released by the team's official Twitter feed that the Bruins must learn from their mistakes and "take the good, realize the type of game we need to play in order to have success." Center David Krejci, who has played in one game since Nov. 6 and none since Nov. 18, skated at practice Friday on a line with Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson. It was the fourth straight day Krejci has been on the ice.

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