The Boston Bruins kicked it into gear in the third period to beat the Ottawa Senators on a night when a scorecard really was needed to keep up with all the players coming and going.
Brad Marchand scored twice and Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist to lead Boston over Ottawa 4-2 on Friday night.
Tuukka Rask made 32 saves and Dennis Seidenberg also scored for the Bruins, who acquired defenceman Tomas Kaberle from Toronto in one of two trades completed by general manager Peter Chiarelli earlier in the day.
Kaberle made his Bruins debut along with former Senators centre Chris Kelly, who was acquired in a trade with Ottawa on Tuesday.
“I got here 20 minutes before warmup and sometimes it’s the best way to do it,” Kaberle said. “All the guys were great to me. It was a big win for us and it makes for an emotional day for me after 13 years in Toronto.”
Marchand scored his second goal of the game, Boston’s third goal of the third period, to put the Bruins up 4-1 at 15:52, just 32 seconds after Seidenberg’s power-play goal.
“We’re the best team in the third period in the league and we really wanted to use it to our advantage,” Marchand said. “We kept building as the game went on and we wanted another big third. These are big points for us and everyone brought it in the third.”
Bobby Butler scored for a third straight game early in the second to give the Senators a brief 1-0 lead. Alex Kovalev scored a power-play goal with 1:30 left in the third to draw Ottawa within two.
Robin Lehner stopped 29 shots for Ottawa, which swapped goalies with Colorado on Friday.
Senators GM Bryan Murray acquired Craig Anderson from the Avalanche in return for Brian Elliott after trading winger Jarkko Ruuttu to Anaheim on Thursday night.
“It was a big surprise,” Anderson said. “Heading to the rink this morning, going for practice and ready for a little road trip to San Jose, and I got the phone call about two minutes from the rink saying that I’ve been moved. I didn’t see it coming. I was just kind of surprised by it.”
Elsewhere in the NHL it was: New Jersey 1, N.Y. Rangers 0; St. Louis 3, Buffalo 0; Detroit 4, Florida 3; Minnesota 5, Anaheim 1; Carolina 3, Philadelphia 2; and Columbus 4, Chicago 3.
At Ottawa, Kaberle was acquired from Toronto earlier in the day in a trade that sent Boston prospect Joe Colborne and two draft picks to the Maple Leafs.
“To have a guy like that it gives you extra confidence and obviously ability to make plays because you know that guys are going to have that puck,” Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “He’s going to make that play, he’s going to make that pass, and to have that it helps everybody, and everybody around is going to be better.”
Kelly was traded by Ottawa to Boston on Tuesday night following the Senators’ shootout loss to the New York Islanders.
“The first shift was a bit weird but once the game got going I finally felt better,” said Kelly, who debuted with Ottawa in 2003-04. “The guys made it easy for me to come in here and play.”
The Bruins also traded with Atlanta on Friday, acquiring centre Rich Peverley and defenceman Boris Valabik in return for right wing Blake Wheeler and defenceman Mark Stuart. Peverley will join the team Sunday in Boston while Valabik will report to Providence of the AHL.
“I like the direction our management took and we hope to build on that,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
Marchand scored 6:47 into the second to tie it 1-1, using Ottawa defenceman Andre Benoit, who was making his NHL debut, as a screen to fire a wrist shot past Lehner.
Horton scored his 15th goal 9:47 into the third to make it 2-1. Seidenberg increased the lead to 3-1 with a power-play goal at 15:20.
Anderson arrived at Scotiabank Place after the game was underway. He got dressed after travelling from Denver and took the injured Pascal Leclaire’s place as the Senators’ backup late in the first period.
“Luckily enough I didn’t have to play with jet lag,” Anderson said.
At Newark, N.J. Ilya Kovalchuk scored for the fourth straight game and Johan Hedberg made 15 saves to give the streaking Devils a victory over the New York Rangers.
At Buffalo, N.Y., Ty Conklin stopped 25 shots to lead St. Louis over the Sabres, shortly after the Blues traded captain Eric Brewer to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
At Sunrise, Fla., Todd Bertuzzi had two goals, including the winner with 7:32 remaining, to lift Detroit over the Panthers.
At St. Paul, Minn., Matt Cullen had a short-handed goal and Eric Nystrom scored his first career power-play goal as the Wild beat Anaheim.
At Raleigh, N.C., Erik Cole scored with 3:03 left to lift Carolina past Philadelphia.
Chad LaRose and Jeff Skinner scored early goals about 2 1/2 minutes apart for the Hurricanes, who played before a packed house and seemed inspired by a pre-game ceremony to retire former captain Rod Brind’Amour’s No. 17 jersey.
At Chicago, Antoine Vermette, Derek MacKenzie and Anton Stralman scored in a span of 5:54 in the second period as Columbus held on to beat the Blackhawks.