Sens Break out on Bruins

DON BRENNAN, OTTAWA SUN

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

Boston -- Hold that pose.

If the Senators are to heed any of coach Bryan Murray's advice over the all-star break, it should be to keep in the back of their minds what they've been doing the past month.

Have fun. Indulge (moderately, of course) and clear your head from all matters of hockey, if need be.

But upon returning to work Thursday, remember what got you to where you now are.

And there would be no better snapshot than their near perfect performance last night in Beantown.

"That was an excellent effort," Murray said of the 3-0 victory over a desperate Boston team. "I just said to the guys, enjoy (the break), get away, do what you do. And when you come back, be ready to continue.

"We've got a good group that way. I believe they will."

The win was Ottawa's 11th in its last 14 games, a span which has had the club claim 23 of 28 points and allow a grand total of 28 goals.

Yes, this one came like many of the others -- with exceptional defensive work.

Ray Emery's fourth shutout of the season was aided by backchecking forwards and shot-blocking defencemen.

Ottawa outshot Boston 39-18.

"It was kind of like Thursday (2-1 loss to Vancouver), except we got the first goal and I didn't screw up," said Emery. "It was a solid defensive effort."

Dany Heatley scored his second goal of the game and 30th of the season with a shorthanded empty-netter to seal the victory.

"We know we can score goals, we have lots of firepower," said Heatley, who turns 26 today. "But for us to be successful, we need to be good in our own end."

The Senators took a 5-on-3 power play from the second into the third when Andrew Alberts jumped up to put Chris Kelly's head into the end glass, then Marc Savard piled a few words on the Senators centre while he lay dazed on the ice.

Alberts received a boarding major (along with a game misconduct) and Savard was given a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct, but any real controversy was avoided when the Senators spoiled two minutes of the advantage by taking a too-many-men penalty early in the third.

Heatley had the only goal of the second period, and it came when Bruins goalie Hannu Toivonen allowed a Tom Preissing point shot to slip between his arm and body.

The tap-in was Heatley's ninth power-play goal of the season, tying him for the team lead with Jason Spezza.

Emery's most shining moment was probably a glove stop he made off Savard off a 2-on-1 early in the second.

While Emery had to make just 12 saves through two periods, the Senators defencemen were once again doing everything they could to be of assistance, recording 13 blocked shots to that point.

Chris Phillips got the Senators' first goal, taking a ricochet off Paul Mara's skate.

"Spez will be coming back and we hope Fish might be there with him in a game or two," said Murray, referring to injured centres Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher. "If that's the case, we should be better with more talent coming into the lineup."


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