BOSTON - The Senators poked the bear Friday night.
Then, they paid the price in a big way.
Determined to try to string two wins together for the first time since Nov. 9, the Senators tried to go toe-to-toe with one of Eastís top guns and got put in their place with a disgraceful 5-0 loss to Boston Bruins.
Coming off a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday at home, the Senators played one of their best first periods of the season, then the sleeping giants from Boston came to life as Tuukka Rask made 33 stops to record his 20th career shutout.
Reilly Smith had two while Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla beat Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner on the 42 shots he faced to open this back-to-back series in what turned out be an embarrassing finish.