Series (Game 5 of 6)

Boston leads 5-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 30th
Game 2: Saturday, November 13th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 11th
Game 4: Friday, February 18th
Game 5: Tuesday, March 1st
Game 6: Saturday, April 9th

Bruins 1

(37-19-7, 81 pts)

Senators 0

(21-33-9, 51 pts)

Coverage: TSN

7:30 PM ET, March 1, 2011

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
BOS 0 0 11
OTT 0 0 00

T. Rask (Bruins - G): Saves: 33, Save Pct.: 1.000

C. Anderson (Senators - G): Saves: 20, Save Pct.: .952

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

Bruins-Senators Preview


The Boston Bruins have a six-point lead in the Northeast Division and are within striking distance of the Eastern Conference's second seed, which could give them home-ice advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs.

The TD Garden is the last place Boston wants to play right now.

The Bruins look to add to the league's top road record by finishing off a perfect six-game trip Tuesday night in Ottawa, where they've beaten the Senators five straight times -- including once since last taking the ice in Boston.

Boston (36-19-7) went into its longest road trip this season having lost three straight and four of five, hardly the sort of send-off it was hoping for.

The Bruins were tied with Montreal atop the Northeast with 69 points, but they've since put some space between themselves and the Canadiens. They've surrendered nine goals and scored 19, including Sunday's game-winner from recently acquired Rich Peverley in a 3-2 victory at Edmonton.

Boston improved to 21-7-4 on the road -- it's 15-12-3 at home -- and pulled within two points of Tampa Bay for second place in the East.

"This trip has been a great opportunity for us to introduce our new players to the hockey club by being on the road," coach Claude Julien said. "The timing was good. We've got a better record on the road than we do at home. We seem to play some really good, smart games on the road. Hopefully we can carry that back to Boston and be a little bit better there."

First is a stop in Ottawa, where the Bruins got two goals from Brad Marchand in a 4-2 win Feb. 18 -- the second game of the trip. That was Boston's fifth straight victory and eighth in nine visits to Scotiabank Place.

The Bruins made only a minor deal with Minnesota prior to the trade deadline Monday -- in addition to Peverley, they added defenseman Tomas Kaberle and former Senator Chris Kelly over the past two weeks -- but Ottawa (21-32-9) wasn't done making moves.

Kelly and fellow veterans Mike Fisher, Alex Kovalev, Jarkko Ruutu and Brian Elliott were shipped out by general manager Bryan Murray in February, and Chris Campoli joined that group Monday. Murray traded the defenseman to Chicago for center Ryan Potulny and a second-round draft pick.

Murray also plucked goaltender Curtis McElhinney off waivers and kept a player he considers part of his core going forward. Chris Phillips signed a three-year extension Monday, keeping the former No. 1 overall pick with the only club he's played for.

"We wanted Chris back," coach Cory Clouston told the Senators' official website. "I know he's struggled this year -- no one's going to deny that -- but he's still very valuable to this club. ... In the last little while, he's played his best hockey."

Phillips originally thought Saturday's game against Philadelphia might be his last, and it would have been a memorable finale. His third-period goal was his first of the season and helped Ottawa shock the East-best Flyers 4-1.

Rookie Eric Condra, playing his sixth NHL game, scored his first two goals.

The Senators won't have forward Milan Michalek (lower-body injury), but will likely get defenseman Sergei Gonchar and forwards Chris Neil and Jesse Winchester back.

Tim Thomas should be in net for Boston, and that's a scary thought for Ottawa. The Vezina Trophy frontrunner has won seven straight road games against the Senators while posting a 1.26 goals-against average.

Two of his seven shutouts this season have come versus Ottawa.