Murray spills Bean-ers

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

BOSTON -- After a major rip job by coach Bryan Murray in the first intermission last night at the TD Banknorth Garden, the Senators were ready to play.

Murray wasn't happy the Senators were outshot outshot 17-5 and badly outplayed in the first period.

The message obviously sunk in as Ottawa rolled from the second period on in a 5-2 victory over the Bruins.

"I had lots to say," said Murray. "I knew we had been outshot 17-5 and I thought Dominik (Hasek) was keeping us in the game and I told them the way we were playing, we were embarrassing ourselves.

"We seemed pick up from there. We got it going. We started playing our game. It was pretty tough because we weren't really giving ourselves a chance. I thought we were able to finish strong."

Senators winger Martin Havlat, playing against the Bruins for the first time since being suspended for kicking defenceman Hal Gill on Oct. 15 in Ottawa, had a goal and an assist.

"That was the worst first period we played all year," said Havlat. "(Hasek) kept us in the game and then we were able to get it going. We started scoring and we started creating chances."

HEATLEY TOP MARK

Winger Dany Heatley set a club record by extending his point-scoring streak to 14 games with a two-goal effort. Peter Schaefer and Bryan Smolinski also scored for Ottawa.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and centre Jason Spezza each had two assists as their line with Heatley hit 30 points in the last four games.

Heatley, who bettered a mark set by former Senators winger Marian Hossa set in November, 2002, was just happy to get the win.

"You're going to get offensive chances if you play with players like I'm with right now. They're just so talented," said Heatley.

The Senators may have thought it was going to be easy because Heatley scored on the first shot of the game only 27 seconds into the first period, but the team all but coasted for the next 19 minutes.

But the Senators decided they'd get down to business in the second and they changed the face of the game.

BRUINS FAIL TO KEEP PACE

Ottawa started using its speed and the Bruins couldn't keep up as the Senators pulled out to a 4-2 lead.

"We won't look back on this game in April and say this was a great two points," said Senators defenceman Chris Phillips.

What happened? Well, Boston goalie Andrew Raycroft, making his first start since Oct. 26 because of a hamstring injury, was shaky and he was hung out to dry by his defence.

Breaking in on odd-man rush with Schaefer, Havlat was allowed to dipsy-doodle through the zone and fire it by Raycroft to give the Senators a three-goal lead at 9:46 of the third period.

It was Havlat who helped set up Schaefer's second of the season. After Havlat hit the post on a clear breakaway, Schaefer was following in behind to deposit the puck into a wide-open net.

"We had different people step up because the Bruins were shutting down the big line for a while. I thought Smolinski's goal was big and we got the job done," said Murray.


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