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Senators defeat Bruins for Cameron's first win

by Matt Kalman

BOSTON -- Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan was unable to beat Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in overtime Saturday, but Ryan didn’t have the same problem in the shootout.

Ryan scored in the third round to give the Senators a 3-2 comeback victory against the Bruins at TD Garden.

Rask stopped Ryan on a backhand with one minute left in overtime. Ryan beat Rask with a forehand in the shootout, which Ottawa won 2-1.

David Legwand scored a game-tying power-play goal 4:17 into the third period.

"I tried to separate the two," Ryan said. "The one in overtime, he made an incredible save. I think I did everything right. I tried to just get him to the post and raise the puck. He’s an elite goaltender in this league.

"He’s going to make those saves. In [the shootout], when I watched him the first time, he was trying to force guys to the blocker. He gave me a lot of net on that side and I thought he might go that way and I faked and got lucky. He bit and you know we’re tied 1-1, I guess."

Forward Mika Zibanejad scored in the shootout and scored in regulation for the Senators (12-12-5), who won for the second time in their past eight games (2-5-1). Goaltender Robin Lehner made 29 saves and stopped two out of three shots in the shootout in coach Dave Cameron’s first NHL win.

"You know, you’re in the business of winning," Cameron said. "It’s a case where you’re preaching a certain style of play and [until you] get that win, there’s probably always a bit of doubt or maybe a little bit of gray area whether it works or doesn’t work. So it was great to get the win for sure."

Brad Marchand scored in the shootout for the Bruins (15-13-2), who lost for the first time this season in three shootouts. Rask made 29 saves, and forwards Loui Eriksson and Craig Cunningham scored but Boston lost for the seventh time in its past nine games (2-6-1).

For the second straight game, coach Claude Julien was disappointed in the Bruins’ execution. They lost to the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday.

"We’re obviously struggling to score goals and we continue to see that from our hockey club, but there’s a lot of other things in our game that could be better," Julien said. "And I didn’t think we moved the puck well from our back end, and when you don’t do that it certainly takes away a good part of your offense, and you know, at the same time, there’s a lot of situations where we’re forcing things instead of making the right play so that again is probably guys trying so hard to try and turn this thing around. But overall we just need to be better and I don’t think this is good enough for our hockey club and we can definitely be better."

Cunningham scored his first NHL goal at 11:45 of the first period to give Boston 1-0 lead. During a penalty kill, Cunningham won a race to a clear by defenseman Zdeno Chara, and his slap shot from the top of the right circle went through Lehner’s five-hole.

"Obviously it’s always nice to get your first one," Cunningham said. "The first goal you always remember, but in the end it didn’t really matter tonight. At this point in the season wherever we are right now it’s about wins and losses."

Cunningham’s goal made up for a missed opportunity to score by the Bruins on an earlier penalty kill. Lehner left his crease to play the puck and Marchand stole the pass. With Lehner out by the faceoff dot, Marchand attempted a shot at the empty net from the bottom of the circle but defenseman Erik Karlsson made the block.

Zibanejad tied the score 1-1 for Ottawa with a shot from the right circle at 2:24 of the second period. He faked a slap shot and then beat Rask with a wrist shot a few strides later.

The Bruins went ahead on a goal by Eriksson at 10:33. After forward Carl Soderberg and defenseman Kevan Miller cycled the puck in the right circle, Miller carried the puck to the bottom of the circle and passed to the front. Eriksson stopped the pass and then beat Lehner for a 2-1 lead.

Ottawa tied the game 2-2 after Senators forward Mark Stone got hit in the left foot by teammate Kyle Turris’ shot from the point. The puck deflected to Legwand, who stuffed it in.

Stone celebrated and headed to the dressing room. He returned without missing a shift.

"There was no quit for once," Ryan said of the Senators. "When you’re in a situation like we are and trying to get back into the winning column and things like that, there’s a tendency to be really hesitant, I guess. When things don’t go your way, you kind of sit back because nobody wants to make that mistake and we didn’t do that tonight."

The Bruins start a three-game road trip against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. The Senators play the second game of a three-game road trip Monday against the Buffalo Sabres.

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