Sens Edge Hobbled B’s
Ottawa — Bobby Ryan scored at 15:25 of the third period and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Saturday night.
Patrick Wiercioch, Cory Conacher and Zack Smith also scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson stopped 29 shots to earn the victory.
Daniel Paille, Jarome Iginla and David Warsofsky scored for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on 12 shots before being replaced by Chad Johnson, who allowed one goal on 18 shots.
Both teams were missing a number of key players, including both captains as the Senators were without Jason Spezza and the Bruins were without Zdeno Chara. Both sat out with lower body injuries.
Ottawa rebounded after Friday’s 5-0 loss in Boston. The Senators got off to a strong start and managed to play well enough through 60 minutes to hold off the Bruins.
Ryan scored the winner after forcing a turnover at the Ottawa blue line and breaking in alone, beating Johnson with a high backhand.
Smith was called for a faceoff violation with two minutes left to play, leaving Ottawa short-handed. The Senators held off the hard-pressing Bruins for the win.
Earlier in the period, the Senators caught a break when what would have been Iginla’s second goal of the game was reviewed and ruled to have been kicked into the net, keeping the game tied 3-3.
Ottawa opened the scoring at 7:04 of the first as Wiercioch jumped into the play to grab a rebound and beat Rask through the legs.
The Bruins tied the game on Paille’s fourth of the season at 12:06 as he sidestepped Erik Karlsson along the sideboards and beat Anderson.
Conacher made it 2-1 for the Senators at 14:28 of the first when he tipped a Kyle Turris backhand.
The Senators made it 3-1 just 29 seconds into the second on Smith’s short-handed goal. It also marked the end of Rask’s night.
Anderson made several good saves through the second, but had no chance on Iginla’s 12th of the season as he was left all alone at the side of the net for an easy tap-in.
Warsofsky, with his first in the NHL, tied it 3-3 at 6:36 of the third with a shot from the side boards.
Notes: Chara was a late scratch and is listed day to day. The Bruins were also without C Carl Soderberg. D Zach Trotman was recalled on an emergency basis and made his NHL debut.
Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will miss the rest of the season because of torn knee ligaments.
He was injured in the third period Friday night when he became entangled with Ottawa forward Cory Conacher behind the Bruins’ goal.
Seidenberg tore his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee. General manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement Saturday the expected recovery is six to eight months.
Seidenberg has a goal and nine assists in 34 games this season.
Devils 2, Islanders 1
Uniondale, n.y. — Cory Schneider stopped 30 shots, and Travis Zajac scored the go-ahead goal with 6:57 left when the puck went in off his face as New Jersey beat New York.
Zajac was credited with his seventh goal when a shot by Marek Zidlicky struck him when he stood in front of the net. Schneider earned his first win since Nov. 30 when he shut out Buffalo.
Red Wings 4, Panthers 3
Sunrise, Fla. — Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal in his first game back from injury to lift Detroit over Florida.
Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith and Daniel Alfredsson also scored for Detroit.
Canadiens 2, Lightning 1 (so)
Tampa, Fla. — Lars Eller scored the lone shootout goal, Carey Price stopped all three shots he faced in the tiebreaker, and Montreal beat Tampa Bay.
Eller made a couple of moves before beating Ben Bishop on the Canadiens’ first shootout attempt.
Tomas Plekanec scored in regulation for Montreal.
Price stopped 23 shots through overtime.
Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, who also got 20 saves in regulation and overtime from Bishop. Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak ended.