Axelsson Gives Bruins Shootout Win Over Senators
Tuesday, January 5, 2010; 10:21 PM
OTTAWA -- Blake Wheeler had two goals and an assist and Tim Thomas extended his winning streak against Ottawa to 11 games and the Boston Bruins scored four times in the first en route to a 4-1 win over the Senators on Tuesday night.
Wheeler earned points on Boston's first three goals and David Krejci and Mark Recchi both had a goal and an assist as the Bruins jumped out to a 4-0 lead 13:45 in to chase Brian Elliott, who allowed all four goals.
Thomas stopped 28 shots as he improved to 16-5-2 overall against the Senators, including each of Boston's four wins in as many meetings this season.
Filip Kuba scored in the second period for Ottawa, which had won four of five.
Bruins coach Claude Julien called out his team following a 3-2 loss to the Rangers in New York one night earlier.
"There were times in the past that they had their dressing room under control," Julien said following Monday night's game. "Right now, you have to coach, you have to be a cheerleader, you've got to wake them up. You've got to do too many things that a coach shouldn't have to do at this level."
Julien's message got through.
Wheeler got credit for opening the scoring 1:46 in when Andrew Ference's backhand from a sharp angle went in off his skate.
Krejci made it 2-0 at 6:05 when he put away the Bruins' sixth shot of their first power play of the game to take an 11-0 lead in shots.
Wheeler, who assisted on Krejci's power-play goal, got his second of the period - his third in two games and 10th of the season - when he deflected Krejci's wrist shot from the right point past Elliott.
Recchi, who also set up Krejci's goal, converted Boston's second power-play opportunity for his ninth goal at 13:45.
Pascal Leclaire replaced Elliott, who stopped 12 of 16 shots. Leclaire, who was replaced by Elliott during Sunday's 7-4 win over Philadelphia, made 19 saves the rest of the way.