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 beat the Flyers and have Florida top Washington to keep their faint playoff hopes alive heading into their final game of the season. The Sabres failed to handle the Flyers and the Capitals beat Florida 4-2.
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.