OTTAWA (AP) — Dany Heatley scored his 38th goal on a power play
in the second period and the Ottawa Senators set a franchise
record with their ninth straight home win Tuesday night, 3-2
over the Boston Bruins.
Heatley drove a one-timer past Manny Fernandez from the right
side 13:57 into the second to restore Ottawa’s two-goal lead at
3-1. The All-Star forward scored two goals 38 seconds apart in
the third period a night earlier to give the Senators a 3-2 win
Christoph Schubert and Mike Fisher also scored for Ottawa, which
beat Boston for the first time this season to avoid being swept
in the season series.
The Senators, who will miss the playoffs for the first time
since 1996, won eight straight at home during the 2002-03
Phil Kessel and Zdeno Chara scored for the Bruins, whose
six-game winning streak that helped them clinch first place
overall in the Eastern Conference came to an end.
Marc Savard set up both Boston goals for his 59th and 60th
Schubert took a pass from Jesse Winchester and beat Fernandez
with a shot from the left side to open the scoring 4:23 in.
Fisher gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead with a short-handed goal midway
through the first. He outraced former teammate Chara for a loose
puck and pushed it ahead to drive past the Bruins captain for a
breakaway, moving to his forehand before shooting past Fernandez
for his 13th goal at 10:25.
Kessel, who returned after missing five games with an
undisclosed injury, cut the lead to 2-1 with his 32nd goal 3
minutes into the second. Savard took advantage of sloppy play by
the Senators behind their net to gain a turnover and feed the
puck out front to Kessel, who beat Alex Auld from the edge of
Heatley restored Ottawa’s two-goal margin with his third goal in
two games after Savard was sent off for boarding.
Chara drew Boston within one with his 18th goal on a power play
with 8.8 seconds remaining in the second period.