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Bruins charge to top of East

Blackhawks 0 2 1 0 4
at Wild 0 2 1 0 3
Blackhawks win shootout 2-0
OTTAWA — Tim Thomas made 47 saves, Daniel Paille scored twice and the Bruins extended their winning streak to three games with a 5-2 victory over the Senators on Wednesday.

Rich Peverley had a goal and an assist, and Chris Kelly and Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston, which won for the second night in a row to move atop the Eastern Conference with the Flyers.

The Bruins, who have one more win than Philadelphia, have gone 17-2-1 since Nov. 1, when they launched a 10-game winning streak with a 5-3 win over Ottawa. They went 3-7 in October.

"I think that's maybe a good thing, that we're just playing every game," Kelly said. "There are still points of our game that we can get better at and that's not necessarily a bad thing."

Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist for the Senators, on a 2-4-2 skid. They won in overtime at Buffalo a night earlier.

The Senators were without league-leading goal scorer Milan Michalek, who sustained a concussion in a collision with teammate Erik Karlsson against the Sabres.

"(The Bruins are) a team that we know clogs it up in the neutral zone very well," Alfredsson said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't get as many goals as we would have liked on the chances we created in the first two periods."

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was given a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct after he stuck out his leg to trip up Nick Foligno 17:45 into the second.

Foligno went to the dressing room but returned before the end of the second to take a shift during the ensuing power play. He said the collision looked worse than it was and his only injury was a charley horse.

McQuaid said Foligno is a good friend. "I was just kind of pinching in and trying to keep the puck in," he said, "and (Foligno) made a kind of a quick move around me, and I was just trying to do what I could to get in his way."

game highlights: Patrick Kane's goal in the second round of a shootout clinched the Blackhawks' fifth straight victory on the road, 4-3 over the league-leading Wild.

around the league: Also joining the concussion list were Hurricanes leading scorer Jeff Skinner, last season's rookie of the year, and key defenseman Joni Pitkanen.

Bruins 1 1 3 5
at Senators 0 1 1 2

First Period1, Boston, Peverley 6 (Ference, Corvo), 12:10. PenaltiesLucic, Bos, major (fighting), 11:46; Carkner, Ott, major (fighting), 11:46.

Second Period2, Ottawa, Alfredsson 8 (Spezza), 4:23. 3, Boston, Kelly 12 (Boychuk, Peverley), 13:47. PenaltiesSeidenberg, Bos (interference), 5:31; McQuaid, Bos, major-game misconduct (kneeing), 17:45; Konopka, Ott (goaltender interference), 19:40.

Third Period4, Boston, Bergeron 6, 4:54. 5, Boston, Paille 4 (Thornton, Ference), 5:50. 6, Ottawa, Spezza 10 (Phillips, Alfredsson), 15:55. 7, Boston, Paille 5 (Bergeron), 18:56. PenaltiesHorton, Bos (high-sticking), 12:43; Marchand, Bos (delay of game), 16:23. Shots on GoalBoston 6-13-10—29. Ottawa 13-14-22—49. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 0 of 0; Ottawa 0 of 5. GoaliesBoston, Thomas 14-5-0 (49 shots-47 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 13-11-2 (29-24).

Blackhawks 0 2 1 0 4
at Wild 0 2 1 0 3
Blackhawks win shootout 2-0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period1, Chicago, Hossa 13 (J.Toews, Sharp), 9:19 (pp). 2, Chicago, Frolik 5 (Kruger, Mayers), 10:48. 3, Minnesota, Brodziak 11 (Johnson), 13:10. 4, Minnesota, Cullen 9 (Clutterbuck, W.Peters), 15:41. PenaltiesCarcillo, Chi, major (fighting), 3:29; Staubitz, Min, major (fighting), 3:29; Koivu, Min (tripping), 7:06; Cullen, Min (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:20; Montador, Chi (high-sticking), 17:37.

Third Period5, Chicago, J.Toews 18 (Stalberg), 6:54. 6, Minnesota, Koivu 8 (Clutterbuck, Stoner), 14:56. PenaltiesCarcillo, Chi (elbowing), 8:01.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNone.

ShootoutChicago 2 (J.Toews G, Kane G), Minnesota 0 (Cullen NG, Heatley NG). Shots on GoalChicago 11-10-7-3—31. Minnesota 2-10-16-2—30. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 1 of 2; Minnesota 0 of 2. GoaliesChicago, Emery 7-1-2 (30 shots-27 saves). Minnesota, Backstrom 11-6-3 (31-28).

Bruins charge to top of East 12/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 11:56pm]
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