Boston Bruins defeat Ottawa Senators, 5-3

The Bruins had a pair of three-goal leads (3-0 in the first period, 4-1 in the third) that they nearly gave away to the hard-working Senators.

But after Ottawa made it a 4-3 game in the third period, Phil Kessel's empty-net goal was enough to power the Bruins to the victory.

"That is a team that's not going to make the playoffs that we just skidded by," Tim Thomas said. "Whether it's the goalie that has to make more saves so they don't get close, or it's the whole team,...

Perhaps the most disappointing and surprising play from last night's game came in the third period, two minutes after the Bruins claimed a seemingly commanding 4-1 advantage over the Senators.

Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron, and Chuck Kobasew, the team's most responsible two-way line, were down low in the offensive zone when defenseman Christoph Schubert won a battle for the puck and started an odd-man rush. At the other end, Schubert sprinted for the slot and parked him...