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Prusek makes 20 saves

1/18/2004

OTTAWA (AP) -- Boston defenseman Nick Boynton certainly didn't
try to put a positive spin on the Bruins' 4-0 loss to the Ottawa
Senators on Saturday night.

"It's tough when we play like that, like garbage," Boynton
said. "We were going pretty good. It's embarrassing when you play
like that."

Martin Havlat had two goals and two assists, and Martin Prusek
made 20 assists to help the Senators end the Bruins' seven-game unbeaten
streak. Boston's last loss also was to the Senators, on Dec. 30.

"I think (Havlat's) playing really well," Senators coach
Jacques Martin said. "He's using his speed, his quickness, and
he's working hard. He's been responsible."

Brian Pothier and Wade Redden also scored for Ottawa, a point
behind Philadelphia and Toronto for the Eastern Conference lead.

"It's very important right now to gain ground," Senators
defenseman Zdeno Chara said. "The standings are so close you have
to always be looking ahead. You want to have some room by the time
March comes around."

Pothier opened the scoring midway through the first period with
his first goal of the season, beating goalie Felix Potvin on his
glove side. Redden made it 2-0 on a power-play 40 seconds into the
second, and Havlat added a power play-goal at 1:57.

"We can do a better job staying disciplined and staying
focused," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "It's important
against teams like Ottawa to have a good start."

Havlat scored his second goal of the night at 7:17 of the third,
beating Potvin with a one-timer.

"With the way we're playing right now we give ourselves a
chance to win every night," Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said.
"We want to keep climbing. This was a four-point game and we got a
bit more room against Boston, but we have to keep pushing."

Game notes
A sellout crowd of 18,500 filled the Corel Centre. ...
Boston center Brian Rolston played in his 700th NHL game. ... The
Bruins had not allowed a power-play goal in six games.