NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Boston|
(Friday, December 27th)
Final Score: Boston 5, Ottawa 0
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Reilly Smith netted a pair of goals and
Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots, as Boston shut down Ottawa, 5-0, in the opener
of a home-and-home set from TD Garden.
David Krejci, Jarome Iginla and Brad Marchand also lit the lamp for the
Bruins, who have won three straight eight of 10 overall thanks to a four-goal
Patrice Bergeron picked up a pair of assists, while Rask recorded his fourth
shutout of the season.
Robin Lehner was shelled for all five scores on 42 shots in defeat for the
Senators, who have dropped four of five.
"I don't know what to say," Lehner lamented. "Twenty good minutes and 40 bad
These clubs meet on Saturday in Canada's capital.
Lehner hugged the right post to deny a Krejci backhander inside of a minute
played in the third, but seconds later, on the same shift, the Czech was not
denied from the same spot with a forehander and 2-0 Bruins edge.
Smith provided a three-goal spread for the hosts by finishing off a 2-on-1
break with a one-timer from the right side off a Marchand pass with 9:40 to
Smith scored again with 2:34 to play and Marchand demonstrated the hosts'
drive in the late stages when he scored with 27 seconds left to cap the rout.
"He's been a good player from day one," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said
of Smith. "He's just starting to showcase what he's capable of doing."
Rask was sharp in the first period, making 15 saves while his counterpart had
it relatively easy with five stops.
Iginla snapped the scoreless deadlock on a Boston power play with 3:31
remaining in the second period. Lehner made a kick save on a point drive by
Milan Lucic, but the rebound slid out to the ex-Flame for his 11th goal of the
It was the only mistake the Ottawa netminder made, as he halted the other 19
shots the Bruins sent his way.
Boston has won six of its last eight meetings with Ottawa since April of 2012,
and 14 of the last 17 since January of 2011 ... Smith notched his third career
multi-goal effort and second in the last three games ... Rask has collected 20
12/27 23:48:01 ET