Dom getting little help

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

BOSTON -- The Dominator says if the Senators are going to be successful, he's going to have to slam the door shut.

After dropping a 4-2 decision to the Boston Bruins last night at the TD BankNorth Garden, goaltender Dominik Hasek told reporters the club can't afford to give up more than two goals a game with the likes of Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Martin Havlat sidelined.

"We have to play well defensively and we're going to have to keep the other team to two goals," said Hasek. "We have to keep them off the scoreboard because we're missing so many guys and we're having trouble scoring."

Mike Fisher tied it 2-2 at 10:42 of the third period with the Senators' franchise-record 12th short-handed goal of the season (beating the old mark of 11 in 2001-02), but they weren't able to keep the Bruins at bay.

With Chris Kelly in the box, Brad Boyes scored the winner at 13:10 on a shot that changed direction to beat Hasek. It was the Bruins' second power-play marker.

Glen Murray, Brad Stuart and Travis Green, into an empty net, also scored for Boston.

Chris Neil opened the scoring in the second period for Ottawa with his career-high 11th of the season.

"It's tough to lose the way we did," said Senators defenceman Wade Redden. "It seems like we were battling in their end and nothing is called, and then we're battling in our end and a guy ends up in the box. That's a little tough to take.

"Obviously, we're having a tough time scoring goals right now and we have to play better defensively."

Ottawa's power play continues to struggle, going 0-for-4 last night and 0-for-18 in the last three games.

"We're struggling with it right now," said Fisher. "We need to find a way to put the puck in the net.

"We're missing guys, but that's not an excuse. We feel we have the talent here to get the job done."

Coach Bryan Murray was particularly disappointed that the winning goal came on the power play.

"I can't fault the way we're playing. We're trying to play well defensively and I didn't think we got outworked," Murray said. "We just took some penalties at bad times."

Boston goalie Hannu Toivonen left after suffering an ankle injury at the end of the second. That meant the struggling Andrew Raycroft took over to start the third.


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