OTTAWA -- Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen and Bobby Ryan scored third-period goals and the Ottawa Senators earned a 4-2 comeback victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night.
With the victory, the Senators ended the Bruins' 11-game winning streak in Ottawa.
Chris Neil also scored for the Senators (8-7-4), who were coming off a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Craig Anderson was solid in stopping 30 shots.
Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins (12-6-1), as Tuukka Rask faced 31 shots.
After a rough start, the Senators turned the game around with a solid third-period effort that was led by their captain.
Spezza tied the game 2-2 at 1:32 of the third, scoring from the side of the net off a pass from Erik Karlsson at the point. It was Spezza's first goal in five games.
The goal seemed to energize the Senators. Anderson then made a great save on Carl Soderberg. Soderberg had a second chance and kept shoving at the puck until it crossed the line, but upon review it was clear the whistle had blown.
The Senators took their first lead of the game at 5:42 on Cowen's third of the season as he beat Rask through his legs.
Ryan's goal at 10:11 sealed the victory as he took the puck away from Reilly Smith and beat Rask through the legs to give Ottawa a 4-2 lead.
Ryan had to leave the game with just over three minutes remaining after taking an elbow to the head by Dennis Seidenberg. There was no penalty on the play.
Ottawa had a poor start to the first period, giving up two goals and was outshot 13-6.
Eriksson opened the scoring at 6:03 of the first as he tipped Matt Bartkowski's shot. Just over three minutes later, the Bruins made it 2-0 as Marchand made his way between Zack Smith and Colin Greening and beat Anderson with a wrist shot.
The Senators salvaged the period in the final minute as Neil scored his third of the season, beating Rask to the top left corner to make it 2-1.
The Senators wrap up their five-game homestand Sunday afternoon against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
GOLD STAR: Senators captain Jason Spezza with a goal and an assist in 21:14 of ice time, and the tying goal in the opening minutes of the third period that opened up the damn for three Ottawa goals in less than nine minutes of action. The goal was a thing of beauty with the Senators taking advantage of Dennis Seidenberg losing his stick, and the Bruins defense losing Spezza at the post before he collected a nifty Erik Karlsson pass on the backdoor. Spezza will finish off that kind of dish 100 percent of the time. He also won 10-of-17 face-offs for an Ottawa team that was going against one of the best teams on the dot in the NHL.
BLACK EYE: David Krejci looked like a player that still might be a little foggy from his head getting rammed into the boards by Brandon Dubinsky on Thursday night, even if he did pass all of the standard concussion testing. He was unusually passive, prone to turnovers and staying far away from the action around the net aside from a nice redirection that Craig Anderson stopped at the start of the third period. He lost 8-of-10 face-offs and managed only a couple of shots on net while being part of the Bruins defensive unit caught on the Karlsson-to-Spezza goal that got Ottawa rolling in the third period. Krejci might not be concussed, but he might still be a little dazed and confused and he certainly played that way.
TURNING POINT: The roof truly caved in on the Bruins when they allowed three goals in 8:34 in the third period – the fastest time they’ve allowed three scores in 19 games this season – and Tuukka Rask allowed a couple of goals through the pads that he would normally make a stop on. It looked like Rask didn’t see the Jared Cowen goal as a couple of B’s skaters crossed in front of him as the Ottawa defenseman shot the puck, but he just got flat beaten on a Bobby Ryan chance off a Reilly Smith turnover. In all the Bruins were outshot by a 17-10 margin in the second night of back-to-backs, and seemed to run out of gas when it mattered most.
HONORABLE MENTION: Matt Bartkowski showed off the same game he featured in the playoffs, and set up both of Boston’s goals in the first period with his booming point shot and rapid skating wheels. It appeared that Bartkowski had his first NHL goal on the point shot through traffic, but instead the puck bounced off Derek Grant and Loui Eriksson in front of the net. He took a one man rush up the ice dangling through defenders before dropping it off to Brad Marchand while setting up the B’s second goal, and it appeared he would be one of the heroes of Boston’s fifth straight win. Things tailed off badly toward the end of his 18:14 of ice time, but there were still things for Bartkowski to build on.
BY THE NUMBERS: 11 – the run of consecutive wins in Ottawa for the Bruins that was snapped with Friday night’s 4-2 loss. The B’s last lost to the Senators on their home turf on April 7, 2009.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “They progressively got better, and we progressively got worse. There were some bad mistakes in the 3rd period.” –Bruins coach Claude Julien to NESN on Boston giving up three unanswered goals in the third period.
Talking Points provided by Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty