Boston Bruins defeat Ottawa Senators, 4-3

The longer they go, well, the longer they have to go.

The Bruins, who nightly stretch the game clock beyond even a plastic surgeon’s wildest dreams, went to overtime last night, for a fifth time in six games, and ultimately left the Garden with a 4-3 win over the Senators thanks to Michael Ryder’s solo strike in the shootout.

Ryder’s shot, the fourth in the shootout, capped a wild night in which the Bruins fell into an early 2-0 deficit, battled back for a 3-2 lead on t...

The most important maneuver on Dennis Wideman’s go-ahead power-play goal in the third period was the most selfless one, and it won’t even make the scoresheet of the Bruins’ 4-3 shootout victory over the Senators at the Garden last night.

David Krejci and Blake Wheeler received the assists on Wideman’s wrist shot from the blue line, which eluded Ottawa goaltender Brian Elliott on his stick side to give Boston a 3-2 lead at 9:19 of the third. But it was Mark Recchi positi...

The “W’’ Tim Thomas posted last night was worth 2 points in the standings, and maybe 16 ounces of flesh, too. The veteran backstop, playing for the first time in two weeks, was mad and disappointed that he let up Ottawa’s tying goal with 19.3 seconds remaining in regulation.

“Well, you can blame it on anything,’’ said Thomas, “but I don’t want to blame it on anything. It was my responsibility to stop it and I didn’t.’’

His coach, Claude Julien, also didn’t sugarcoat ...