BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins scored a late goal to help avoid
another third-period collapse.
"We did two important things in this game," Bruins goalie Tim
Thomas said. "We didn't lose our composure when they tied it up
and after we scored, we held the lead.
"Wins have been tough to come by," Murray said. "We've had
trouble holding leads and we can't afford to give any games away."
Earlier this season, the Bruins blew a three-goal lead to
Buffalo with 9 minutes remaining and lost to Montreal by allowing a
goal with 1 second left.
P.J. Axelsson had two assists for Boston, which allowed fewer
than five goals for the first time in five games.
Ottawa fell to 1-5-1 in its last seven overall and against the
"Once you start losing a few, you start thinking about it and
become more hesitant," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said.
Neil had cut the Bruins lead to 3-2 with 53 seconds left in the
second period beating Thomas with a backhander. Jason Spezza also
scored for the Senators.
"I don't know what it's going to take," Senators coach Bryan
Murray said. "We had some guys play hard, but other people have to
step up besides Neil."
With the Bruins ahead 2-1, Murray scored when he wristed a shot
past Gerber with 2:36 remaining in the second period.
"I played with (Ilya) Kovalchuk and (Jarome) Iginla and I see a
lot of similarities with Glen," Bruins center Marc Savard said.
"He is always in great shape, works hard and he should score a lot
more before his career is done."
Murray gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he tipped in a rebound
from a Zdeno Chara slap shot 23 seconds into the second period.
Spezza scored his eighth goal and leads Ottawa with 21 points.
Schaefer added two assists as the Senators concluded a 1-3 road
Tim Thomas is 4-1-0-1 in 5 games against Ottawa.
Tenkrat scored his first goal of the season for Boston after
being recalled from Providence earlier in the day.
After a scoreless first period, both teams combined for five in
Ottawa opened its all-time series against Boston with 17
consecutive losses and a 22-game winless streak. ... Murray is in
his 15th season and leads the Bruins with eight goals. ... Savard
has 12 points in the last six games. ... Spezza's power-play goal
was Ottawa's fifth in 50 opportunities. ... Boston won its first
matchup with Ottawa this season when Zdeno Chara scored late in the
third period for a 2-1 victory.