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Boyes' late goal lifts B's to second straight win vs. Sens

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins have learned not to worry too much when losing a lead in the third period.

Brad Boyes scored the tiebreaking goal and Bruins beat the shorthanded Ottawa Senators for the second time this season, 4-2 on Thursday night.

"Earlier in the year, our mind-set when losing a third period lead was to hang our heads," Boyes said. "But now the mind-set is there and it has been for the last month."

Ottawa was playing without injured stars Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Martin Havlat and Brian Pothier -- who have combined for 132 points this season.

"It was a disappointing loss," Senators goalie Dominik Hasek said. "With all of our injuries, we can't give up more than two goals and expect to win."

Boston has alternated wins and losses in its last nine games and is the only Northeast Division foe to beat Ottawa this season. The Bruins also beat the Senators 3-0 at home on Dec. 1.

"We are not a pretty team and to be successful we have to do the little things," Bruins defenseman Hal Gill said. "We need to stack sone wins together because playing .500 won't get it done the rest of the way."

The Senators trailed 2-1 in the third period when Mike Fisher
scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway, beating backup goalie Andrew Raycroft.

"A lot of our top players are out right now and we haven't been able to find a way to score," Fisher said.

Boyes responded with the Bruins' second power-play goal of the game, a slap shot that beat Hasek with 6:50 left in the third. The Bruins had been struggling on the power play, going 6-for-69 in the previous 15 games.

"The fact that we got that power-play goal right after the one we gave up was big," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "We've been preaching to our players not to get discouraged and that was a real turning point."

Starting goalie Hannu Toivonen was replaced by Raycroft after he left the game with an ankle injury at the end of the second period. Toivonen made 22 saves and has allowed two goals in three appearances against Ottawa this season.

The Bruins and Senators combined for three goals in a span of 1:33 in the second.

Chris Neil gave the Senators a 1-0 lead when he scored his career-high 11th goal at the 5:07 mark. Neil redirected Wade Redden's shot past Toivonen.

The Bruins answered with goals by Glen Murray and Brad Stuart to take a 2-1 lead with 13:20 remaining in the second.

After Murray knocked in the rebound of a Marco Sturm shot, Stuart followed with a power-play goal when his slap shot from the left faceoff circle beat Hasek.

Stuart has three goals and six assists in 13 games since being acquired in the Joe Thornton trade.

Travis Green added an empty net goal with 11.9 seconds remaining and Patrice Bergeron had two assists for the Bruins.

Game notes
Redden's 32 points is three points higher than Bruins overall leaders Bergeron and Sergei Samsonov. ... Samsonov missed the game with the flu. ... Alexei Zhamnov had an assist for Boston to bring his season point total to nine.