OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators left the Boston Bruins behind with a big third period.
Chris Wideman and Kyle Turris scored in the third to help the Senators beat the Bruins 3-1 on Thursday night.
Mark Stone tied it in the second period, and Craig Anderson made 19 saves.
“We’re becoming a more resilient group, a more veteran group where we don’t play to the scoreboard, we just play our way, the way we’re supposed to whether we’re up a goal or down a goal,” Anderson said. “I think we’ve grown here since the start of the year.”
The Senators were coming off a 4-3 victory at NHL-leading Montreal on Tuesday night. Before producing seven goals in their last six periods, the Senators had struggled to score 12 goals in their nine previous games.
“Huge win for us,” Turris said. “We just have to keep the momentum going now. We’re playing we. We played real strong defensively and in the neutral zone. It was just an all-around solid game for us.”
David Pastrnak scored for Boston, and Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots.
“I think the whole game there was poor puck management in my estimation,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “We’ve been a better team than that. It’s disappointing tonight in an important game like this we came out with one of worst efforts in probably a month,” Julien said.
“I didn’t like our game tonight, decision making, puck management, I would say there were a lot of no shows, as well. Those are things that can’t happen in these kind of games. Definitely not happy with not just the outcome, but our team. Definitely we need to be better.”
Wideman scored at 6:28 of the third. After Rask made a save off Derick Brassard, Torey Krug tried to clear the puck, but he put it right onto the stick of Wideman, whose shot bounced off Bruins defenseman Dominic Moore in front of Rask and in.
Turris scored at 10:16, taking a pass from Bobby Ryan and beating Rask on a breakaway.
NOTES: The Senators improved to 12-7-1, and the Bruins dropped to 11-9-0. … Ottawa scratched Fredrik Claesson and Max McCormick, and Colin Miller, Zdeno Chara and Anton Khudobin sat out for Boston. … The Senators have scored the first goal just five times in 20 games this season.
Bruins: Return home to face Calgary on Friday night.
Senators: Host Carolina on Saturday night.
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