March 21, 2013

NHL: Seidenberg goal lifts Bruins to win

 OTTAWA (AP) — Dennis Seidenberg scored with 1:04 left to help the Boston Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Thursday night.

Patrice Bergeron won a faceoff in the offensive zone back to Zdeno Chara, the Boston captain fed Seidenbergand his shot found its way past goalie Robin Lehner through a maze of players.

Daniel Paille also scored for the Bruins, and Anton Khudobin made 27 saves. The Bruins improved to 20-6-3 to pull within three points of Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh.

Kaspars Daugavins scored for Ottawa, and Lehner also stopped 27 shots. The Senators dropped to 16-9-6 after winning their previous three games.

The Senators haven't beaten the Bruins at Scotiabank Place since April 7, 2009. Boston also has taken 12 of the last 13 games overall, including the first three this season.

After an uneventful first period, Daugavins opened the scoring at 4:55 of the second with his first goal of the season on a shot from the side boards that beat Khudobin high.

Daugavins was the talk of the NHL for his ringette-style spin-o-rama move that failed to connect in the shootout when the two teams last met March 11.

His goal Thursday ignited the 19,603 on hand, but the crowd was deflated after Paille beat Lehner with just over a minute remaining in the period.

The Senators had a couple of great chances to regain the lead in the dying seconds, but Khudobin made some solid stops to keep the score tied.

With an assist on Daugavins' goal, Sergei Gonchar extended his point streak to nine games. He also set a franchise record for defensemen with assists in nine straight games.

NOTES: After missing the last eight games with a concussion, defenseman Mike Lundin returned to the lineup for Ottawa to replace the injured Marc Methot. ... The game marked the first in a five-game homestand for the Senators. Ottawa hosts Tampa Bay on Saturday.

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