Boston Bruins defeat Ottawa Senators, 4-3

OTTAWA - Not one of his best outings, P.J. Axelsson admitted.

For Axelsson, back on the No. 1 line last night against the Senators because of Milan Lucic's swollen left foot, his usually sound stick buckled at the wrong times, leading to a pair of Ottawa goals.

"I had a tough time handling the puck, that's for sure," said Axelsson (zero shots, one giveaway, minus-1 in 19:11 of ice time).

But hockey often provides a stage for redemption. And before 17,297 at Scotia...