Ottawa Senators defeat Boston Bruins, 5-1

Between the Bruins’ recent draining West Coast trip, and the Senators playing their fifth road game in eight days, it’s fair to say many players entered yesterday’s game at TD Garden dragging a bit.

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson was a clear exception, however.

With his natural hat trick in the Senators’ 5-1 win, the right winger has four goals and 6 points in two games back from a separated left shoulder that kept him out for 11 games. The zip in his step in 18:09...

From Winter Classic to Winter Clunkers.

In just over two weeks, the Bruins, showcased across the land as emotional winners in the NHL’s outdoor game at Fenway Park Jan. 1, have gone slip-slidin’ away amid a jumble of injuries, minor league emergency call-ups, and a case of battle fatigue, all in evidence at the Garden yesterday in a lifeless 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

“When you lose like that,’’ mused defenseman Dennis Wideman, “you aren’t competing the way you...