Senators slip past Bruins 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm •  Published: December 28, 2013

OTTAWA (AP) — The Ottawa Senators rebounded nicely on Saturday night and earned a split of a home-and-home series with the Boston Bruins.

Coming off a 5-0 loss to the Bruins on Friday night, the Senators made the most of the rematch as they defeated the Bruins 4-3.

"Any time you drop a game like that and you get a chance for redemption and you don't take advantage of that things can spiral from there," Bobby Ryan said. "Hopefully this is a building block."

Ryan broke a 3-3 tie with a goal at 15:25 of the third.

"We had it in our mind-set all night long that we were going to come out with two points (Saturday)," Ryan said.

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 key players, including their captains as Ottawa was without Jason Spezza and the Bruins were without Zdeno Chara. Both sat out with lower body injuries.

The Senators got off to a strong start and played well enough to hold off the Bruins.

Smith was called for a faceoff violation with 1:51 remaining, leaving Ottawa short-handed but with a 4-3 lead. Still, the Senators held off the hard-pressing Bruins for the win.

"You never want to put your team in that position, but I had faith in the guys killing and obviously Anderson was playing very well," Smith said. "That was a tough one to take. It's not a call that's called consistently so I think someone has to get on the same page about that one. If they're going to call it they have to call it all the time I think."

Anderson was solid as the Senators held off the Bruins late in the third.

"They had a 6-on-4 there and they were moving the puck pretty good and we got a couple of key blocks and that was the difference," Anderson said. "When you're out-manned like that anything can happen."

Anderson said the team wasn't feeling good after Friday's loss and says the fact they were able to rebound with a win shows a lot of character.

"It's all about how you respond," Anderson said. "It's not about what happens to you it's how you respond and I think we came out here and we responded in the right way. Now the key is we have to respond again going forward."

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