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March 1, 2013

Bergeron leads Bruins to 2-1 OT win over Senators

BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron scored the winning goal with 1:21 left in overtime after a replay review, lifting the surging Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Nathan Horton scored the other goal for Boston, which won its fourth straight and was coming off a 4-1 road trip. The Bruins are 13-2-2 this season.

Tuukka Rask made 30 saves for the Bruins, including a pair of stellar stops in OT.

Jim O’Brien scored for the Senators, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Bergeron’s wrist shot from the left circle, broke off Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner and trickled across the goal line. The crowd roared, the light went on and horn sounded, but the referee behind the net waved it off.

After a review, replays clearly showed the puck slid across when Lehner reached back and knocked it into the net before pulling it back out.

Lehner, recalled from the AHL on Feb. 22 after top goaltender Craig Anderson was sidelined with a sprained ankle, stopped 44 shots.

Rask’s stops in overtime came on point-blank bids, the second coming off the stick of Kyle Turris’ one-timer with just under 2 minutes left.

Bruins forward Milan Lucic was whistled for closing his hand on the puck with 32 seconds left in regulation when he fell on the ice behind the Senators’ net, but Rask made a nice stop on Mika Zibanejad’s bid from the point.

Boston took a 1-0 lead on Horton’s goal 5:48 into the second period. Lucic’s hustle play kept the puck in at the left point, where he flipped it in along the boards. Horton outmuscled a Senators defenseman for the puck, setting up a 2-on-1 play with Dougie Hamilton in the slot area. Horton then slid a change-of-pace shot by Lehner.

Ottawa tied it on O’Brien’s power-play goal midway into the period, snapping Boston’s streak of successfully killing off penalties at 27 straight.

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