A blast from the past

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

BOSTON -- An old friend came back to haunt the Senators last night.

Zdeno Chara's shot from the point deflected off a Senator and past Martin Gerber with 4:25 to go, giving the Bruins a 2-1 victory at TD Banknorth Garden.

Chris Neil was in the box for interference at the time. It was the first power-play goal the Senators have allowed on the road this season.

It was the second goal of the season -- and second in the last two games -- for Chara, who spent four seasons with the Senators before signing a $37.5-million US free-agent contract with Boston in the summer.

"I'm mostly happy for the two points," said Chara. "For me, it didn't matter who scored the winning goal. We really needed the two points."

Earlier in the day, the Senators had to change travel plans and book another night in Boston after high winds and rain cancelled their charter.

They're scheduled to leave Logan Airport this morning.

Meanwhile, a dark cloud followed them into the third period against the Bruins.

With a one-goal lead, Chris Phillips made a defensive- zone pass that Tom Preissing mishandled. P.J. Axelsson capitalized, beating Gerber with a high shot to the stick side.

"It stings ... that's a good word for it," Phillips said of the loss, which ended a three-game Ottawa winning steak.

"It's a tough way to lose, late in the game like that.

Ottawa appeared to be in good shape heading into the third period against the Bruins.

Dany Heatley extended his goal-scoring streak to five games when he broke a 0-0 deadlock with the Senators on a 5-on-3 power play late in the second period.

SAVARD'S HEAD HITS GLASS

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas stopped Jason Spezza on a breakaway with 61/2 minutes to go, just seconds before Patrick Eaves drew the ire of the Bruins by knocking Ottawa native Marc Savard's head off the glass.

"The Neil call was one of those calls," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "We ended up losing the game on (a Bruins) power play, and it's disappointing.

"We had many chances to put it away before that."

The opening period featured a decent fight between former Ottawa teammates Wade Brookbank and Chris Neil.

Seldom one to receive more than he delivers, Neil was on the short end on most cards before he pulled Brookbank's jersey over his head and knocked him down with a right.


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