Total Zee-struction

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

It's pretty pathetic when one of the few times the fans at Scotiabank Place cheer is the fact the arch-rival Toronto Maple Leafs are being beaten.

It was that kind of night.

They came to boo former Senator Zdeno Chara in his return to Ottawa but by the end of the evening, it was a horrible performance by the home side that was the target of most of the jeers.

The Bruins continued their mastery of the Senators with a 7-2 blowout last night -- their third straight victory over Ottawa this season.

Only Christoph Schubert and Antoine Vermette scored for the Senators in front of 19,153 disgruntled fans, who saw Ottawa's home record this season slip to 6-8-0. Not exactly encouraging with last night marking the start of a stretch of 15 games in 20 at Scotiabank Place.

"We didn't show up to play," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "We didn't know how to play defence at all in that first period. We gave up more odd-man rushes than we did on the whole road trip.

"We come home and try to put a show on, rather than just play the game. You'd have to ask the players why the come out the way they do on those first two shifts."

Meanwhile, Marco Sturm had a hat trick for the Bruins, while Marc Savard had two and Glen Murray and Paul Mara chipped in singles. Patrice Bergeron racked up five assists.

And, to make matters worse, Senators winger Patrick Eaves is facing a suspension from NHL VP Colin Campbell after getting a five-minute major and game misconduct for elbowing Savard in the head with 9:52 left.

Chara, who signed with Boston as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season, was booed whenever he touched the puck, but the Senators did plenty more to draw the fans' scorn. It was the fourth time in seven games they've allowed six goals.

The Senators didn't even give themselves a chance last night and couldn't get anything past Boston goalie Tim Thomas. Nobody is going to lay all the blame on goalie Ray Emery for this ugly loss, but he was fighting the puck. He didn't get a whole lot of support as the Senators fell apart in every facet of the game.

It was puzzling, given the Senators had performed so well in an emotional 3-1 win in Buffalo on Saturday. While that effort was one of Ottawa's best of the season, last night's had to rate among the worst.

Schubert finally solved Thomas late in the second to cut the lead to 5-1 going into the third, but it was far too little too late for this team, which continues to struggle without top blueliner Wade Redden.

Winger Brian McGrattan did try to make something happen midway through the second. He started a melee involving everyone on the ice after cross-checking Boston's Wayne Primeau to the head. Primeau and Mara jumped McGrattan, but the officials kept it from turning into an all-out brawl.

That was about the only excitement. The Senators didn't waste any time letting this game get away. Sturm started his big night by beating Emery high on the stick side at 9:39 of the first, Murray fired one home at 10:44 and then Savard put one home for good measure at 18:56 to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead.

The rest was just a formality for the Bruins, though Vermette did score in the third.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are in town for a 7:30 game tomorrow.


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