OTTAWA (AP) -- Dominik Hasek didn't care about losing his bid for
a shutout. He was more concerned with getting his 300th win.
The 39-year-old Hasek, 4-0 in his first season with Ottawa, is
300-192-82 in 14 seasons with Chicago, Buffalo, Detroit and the
Senators. He was working on a shutout until Patrick Leahy jammed in a loose puck 3:00 into the third period.
"I'm not disappointed about the shutout," Hasek said. "I was
more focused on the win and putting the 300th win behind me. I
don't know if we've deserved to win every game but we've always
found a way to win and that's what's important."
The Bruins, who opened the season with two losses, had their
three-game winning streak snapped.
Just 59 seconds before Leahy scored for the Bruins, Smolinski
scored his first goal of the season when his shot from the slot got
past Hannu Toivonen to make it 5-0.
Toivonen, who replaced Andrew Raycroft in the second period
after the fourth Ottawa goal, made several big stops during the
Senators' extended 5-on-3 power play in the third.
Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said he made the switch 13 minutes
into the second period to try and and some jump to his team.<
"Things weren't going our way and it certainly wasn't a
reflection of (Raycroft's) performance," Sullivan said. "I
thought we just needed a boost. I thought (Toivonen) did pretty
well to be thrown into the fire like that, and against Ottawa who
is one of the hottest teams in the league. He's certainly a
competitive guy and he battles every minute he's out there."
The Bruins also had a 5-on-3 that lasted 1:40 in the first
period, but they never really tested Hasek.
"One of the important things was when it was 0-0 and we killed
the 5-on-3 and they didn't score. We scored after and it's always
better if you score the first goal," Hasek said.
The Senators finished 1-for-7 on power plays, while Boston was
Volchenkov got his first goal and first point of the season 13
minutes into the second period to give the Senators a 4-0 lead.
Martin Havlat made a nice play on a delayed penalty call to set up
the goal. After being hooked, Havlat recovered his balance, spun
away from the Bruins defender and delivered a cross-ice backhand
pass to Volchenkov whose one-timer beat Raycroft.
A little more than a minute earlier, Bochenski scored the first
goal of his NHL career when he banged a loose puck beyond Raycroft
who had made two initial stops.
The Senators led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Neil and
Vermette less than 4 minutes apart. Neil scored his third of the
year as he chipped a shot over a fallen Raycroft while the Senators
were on a power play at 11:15.
Vermette scored his second of the season at 15:30 as his snap
shot from 30-feet out got over Raycroft's glove.