By Joe Haggerty
OTTAWA The Bruins have been fine-tuning a leaky defense for the last handful of games.It looks like they found something.There wasnt much in the way of offense for most of the contest, but the Bruins managed to grind out an emotionless, somewhat joyless 4-2 win over an Ottawa Senators team that looked more AHL than NHL at Scotiabank Place.Nathan Horton broke a 1-1 tie midway through the third period when he snapped a puck high short side over Robin Lehner to give the Bruins a workmanlike victory over a scrapping Senators squad.Dennis Seidenberg potted an insurance marker on the power play that hinted at what Tomas Kaberle will bring the unit, and Brad Marchand fired home his second goal of the night and 18th strike of the season to finish off the scoring for Boston.Marlborough, Mass native and former UNH standout Bobby Butler put the Senators on the board in the second period with a streak that whistled through the teeth of the defense and Tuukka Rask, and then celebrated with a leap into the boards. The young Bs attack evened things out when Tyler Seguin notched his fifth point in the last six games while orchestrating a Brad Marchand snapshot from the top of the right circle.The score remained the same deep into the third period thanks to Tuukka Rask, who looked free of rest and second-guessing while making30 saves in the victory. His best was a full butterfly stop in the middle of the third period on a 2-on-1 pass from Alex Kovalev to Nick Foligno that he never gave up on.Just a few short minutes later Nathan Horton sniped his 15th goal of the season, and the Bruins had themselves two wins to kick off a long road trip that continues through Western Canada next week.
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