Bruins’ dominance in Ottawa ends with 4-2 loss
Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil, left, falls after a collision with Boston Bruins' Torey Krug during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)
Ottawa Senators' Marc Methot, right, knocks the puck off the stick of Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)
Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza, top, and Milan Michalek (9) celebrate teammate Jared Cowen's goal on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, second from left, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. The Senators won 4-2. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)
OTTAWA – Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen and Bobby Ryan scored third-period goals and the Ottawa Senators earned a 4-2 comeback victory over the Boston Bruins last night.
With the victory, the Senators ended the Bruins’ 11-game winning streak in Ottawa.
Chris Neil also scored for the Senators (8-7-4), who were coming off a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Craig Anderson was solid in stopping 30 shots.
Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins (12-6-1), as Tuukka Rask faced 31 shots.
After a rough start, the Senators turned the game around with a solid third-period effort that was led by their captain.
Spezza tied the game 2-2 at 1:32 of the third, scoring from the side of the net off a pass from Erik Karlsson at the point. It was Spezza’s first goal in five games.
The goal seemed to energize the Senators. Anderson then made a great save on Carl Soderberg. Soderberg had a second chance and kept shoving at the puck until it crossed the line, but upon review it was clear the whistle had blown.
The Senators took their first lead of the game at 5:42 on Cowen’s third of the season as he beat Rask through his legs.
Ryan’s goal at 10:11 sealed the victory as he took the puck away from Reilly Smith and beat Rask through the legs to give Ottawa a 4-2 lead.
Ryan had to leave the game with just over three minutes remaining after taking an elbow to the head by Dennis Seidenberg. There was no penalty on the play.
Ottawa had a poor start to the first period, giving up two goals as it was outshot 13-6.
Eriksson opened the scoring at 6:03 of the first as he tipped Matt Bartkowski’s shot. Just over three minutes later, the Bruins made it 2-0 as Marchand made his way between Zack Smith and Colin Greening and beat Anderson with a wrist shot.
The Senators salvaged the period in the final minute as Neil scored his third of the season, beating Rask to the top left corner to make it 2-1.
The Senators wrap up their five-game homestand Sunday afternoon against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
∎ Defensemen Patrick Wiercioch and Joe Corvo were healthy scratches for the Senators. Right wing Erik Condra missed his sixth straight game with a leg injury.
∎ T he Bruins were without defenseman Adam McQuaid, who has a lower-body injury. Right wing Jordan Caron was a healthy scratch.