Axelsson Gives Bruins Shootout Win

P.J. Axelsson scored on Boston's fifth shootout attempt after Tim Thomas stopped all five Ottawa shooters in the NHL-leading Bruins' 4-3 victory over the Senators on Thursday night.

Thomas made a sensational glove stop on Dany Heatley after turning aside Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, Brendan Bell and Antoine Vermette.

Axelsson secured Boston's fourth straight victory when he put a backhander between Brian Elliott's pad after the Ottawa goalie stopped Boston's first four shooters.

Chuck Kobasew drew Boston even at 3 with a power-play goal with 4:02 left in the third. Kobasew put a rebound past Elliott from the goalmouth during a double minor to Vermette to tie it after the Bruins had allowed three goals to blow a 2-0 lead.

Blake Wheeler assisted on Kobasew's goal after opening the scoring with his 15th goal on a power play 11:46 in.
Boston captain Zdeno Chara, who also assisted on Kobasew's goal, made it a 2-0 lead with his 12th midway through the second.


Nick Foligno scored later in the second and Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist in the third, setting up Jason Spezza's power-play goal at 8:33 that put Ottawa up 3-2.

Thomas made 19 saves.

Elliott stopped 26 shots in his 10th start in 11 games
Elliott made a pair of big saves on Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman in overtime, including a big glove save 1:10 into the extra period as Boston failed to take advantage of a power-play opportunity after Ottawa's Mike Fisher drew an interference penalty at the end of regulation.

Thomas robbed Fisher with a sprawling pad save later in overtime.

Wheeler opened the scoring for Boston with his 15th goal on a power play 11:46 in.

Chara made it 2-0 midway through the second. The Boston captain drove a slap shot from the point past Elliott for his 12th goal at 10:27.

Ottawa lost its fourth game in a row overall, and second straight under interim coach Cory Clouston.

The Senators had been shut out twice in their previous three games, including a 1-0 loss to Los Angeles on Tuesday night in Clouston's NHL debut.

Foligno scored a highlight-reel goal 15:54 into the second.
After receiving Bell's pass at the Boston blue line, Foligno drove the left side then cut toward the slot, moving past defensemen Andrew Ference and Wideman to reach around and put a backhand past Thomas before tumbling along the ice.

Alfredsson scored his 15th goal early in the third to tie it at 2.

This program aired on February 6, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.