Trouble's Bruin

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

BOSTON -- Bruins 3, Senators 0

Joe who? So much for the devastating effects of trading superstar Joe Thornton.

The Senators were no match last night for the new-look Boston Bruins, who dealt their captain to the San Jose Sharks for Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau a day earlier.

The Bruins stopped Dany Heatley, who was trying to tie Wayne Gretzky's mark of scoring in 23 straight games with a new team, and they stopped the Senators 3-0 at the TD Banknorth Garden.

The Bruins went into the game with just one win in their last 10 games. You wouldn't have known it by last night's effort.

"It sucks," said Ottawa centre Jason Spezza, Heatley's linemate. "It sucks that we didn't get the win and it sucks that (Heatley) didn't get the record. It was pretty evident we wanted to get it for him. I'm just sorry that this didn't happen a couple of games later. At least we could have gotten the record for him. We had our chances and we just weren't able to put them in."

Not only did the loss end a six-game winning streak for the Senators, Hannu Toivonen, who made 26 saves, was the first goalie to shut out Ottawa this season.

The Senators' power play was a disaster -- 0-for 5. Coach Bryan Murray tried Chris Neil, Mike Fisher and Brandon Bochenski on the right side of Heatley and Jason Spezza. Nothing worked.

"I'm more upset that we weren't able to get the win," said Heatley. "We weren't ready at the drop of the puck and that really hurt us in the end.

"We had some chances -- especially in the second period -- but we just weren't able to come back. We just didn't start out the way we wanted to start out and then we couldn't score on the chances we got."

Sturm made an immediate impact by opening the scoring in the first and picking up an assist on Patrice Bergeron's eighth goal of the season.

This also wasn't the best outing of the year for Senators goalie Dominik Hasek.

The Bruins looked energized and the Senators didn't. Boston had two 5-on-3 advantages they weren't able to cash in on.

"You just try to go in there and make the simple plays against a team like Ottawa," said Stuart, who had an assist. "I wasn't trying to do anything fancy out there."

Toivonen had to make a big glove stop off Bryan Smolinski on a breakaway in the first and Peter Schaefer was unsuccessful in alone in the second.

"We had talked about the fact (we) had to be ready because (the Bruins) were going to play with emotion and I don't think we were able to match it," said Senators coach Bryan Murray.

"Once they got up 2-0, they were able to just tighten it up and box it down on us a little bit. They didn't seem to have any problem getting up for this game and the chances we did have, we weren't great on."

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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