The Associated Press
OTTAWA -- Anton Khudobin stopped 44 shots in his Bruins debut and Boston defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1 Thursday night.
Greg Zanon, Benoit Pouliot and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins.
Jason Spezza scored for the Senators. Ben Bishop, who missed the past four games with a lower body injury, stopped 24 shots.
These two teams will likely end up as first-round playoff opponents, but this was hardly a good preview as Boston was missing key players such as captain Zdeno Chara and star goalie Tim Thomas, as well as Patrice Bergeron.
With the Bruins leading 2-1, Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson missed a wide-open net with just over six minutes remaining in the third. The Senators had a number of great chances to tie the game, but were never able to capitalize.
Shortly after, Lucic scored his 26th of the season to make it 3-1.
The Bruins made it 2-0 early in the second as Zanon’s slap shot from the point caught a piece of Bishop’s glove and trickled across the goal line.
After a number of great chances the Senators, who had outshot the Bruins 17-7 in the first, finally found a way to beat Khudobin at 13:56 of the second.
Flyers 2, Sabres 1
PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Read and Marc-Andre Bourdon each scored goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win Thursday night over Buffalo that eliminated the Sabres from a postseason spot.
The Sabres needed to
Buffalo tried to join the 1994 New York Islanders in becoming the NHL’s second team to rally from a 10-point deficit in mid-February to make the playoffs.