Series (Game 4 of 6)

Ottawa leads 3-2

Game 1: Monday, December 8th
Game 2: Saturday, December 13th
Game 3: Tuesday, December 30th
Game 4: Saturday, January 17th
Game 5: Thursday, February 12th
Game 6: Tuesday, March 23rd

Bruins 0

(20-12-4, 54 pts)

Senators 4

(24-11-3, 58 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 17, 2004

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
BOS 0 0 00
OTT 1 2 14

M. Havlat (Senators - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 2

W. Redden (Senators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Z. Chara (Senators - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Boston (20-11-10-4) at Ottawa (23-11-7-3) 7:00 pm EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) -- Two of the Eastern Conference's hottest teams meet for the third time this season as the Boston Bruins visit the Ottawa Senators in a Northeast Division contest.

The Bruins take a season-high five-game winning streak into this contest and are 6-0-1 in January. Boston is two points behind Ottawa for second place in the Northeast.

Boston improved to 5-2-2-1 within the division with Thursday's 1-0 win at Buffalo. Rookie Andrew Raycroft had made four consecutive starts but Felix Potvin made 27 saves to improve to 3-0-1 in his last four decisions.

Sergei Samsonov scored the game-winner for the second time in three games and has three goals and three assists since returning from a knee injury on January 1.

Ottawa is three points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the lead in the Northeast and Eastern Conference.

Ottawa struggled through the first two months of the season but is 14-3-5 in its last 22 contests. The Senators are unbeaten in a team-record nine straight home games (7-0-2) since a 3-2 loss to Boston on December 13.

On Thursday, Todd White, Martin Havlat and defenseman Zdeno Chara scored in a 5:14 span of the third period as the Senators erased a four-goal deficit and rallied for a 4-4 tie with the Islanders. The Senators had allowed less than four goals in their previous 24 games.

Right wing Daniel Alfredsson sat out Thursday's game with the flu. He has missed two games this year but is expected to play Saturday.