OTTAWA (AP) - 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. The Senators chose to give Craig Anderson the night off.
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.
Spezza, with his team-leading 34th of the season, fired a shot that hit the post and went in off Khudobin's back to cut the lead in half.
The Bruins opened the scoring midway through the first period as Pouliot's tap-in completed a two-on-one with Brian Rolston.
The Bruins won the season series 5-1.
Notes: The Senators were without C Peter Regin (shoulder, out for season). G Craig Anderson, D Matt Gilroy, RW Bobby Butler, LW Kaspars Daugavins and C Zenon Konopka were a healthy scratch. The Bruins were without RW Nathan Horton (concussion), G Tuukka Rask (groin), D Johnny Boychuk (sprained knee). D Zdeno Chara, G Tim Thomas and C Patrice Bergeron, D Mike Mottau, and LW Lane MacDermid were a healthy scratch.
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