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“That’s something we talked about before the game. We wanted to end this on a good note and feeling good about ourselves heading into the break and I think we’ve done that,” said Patrice Bergeron, who had two goals and an assist.
The Bruins won for the ninth time in 11 games with one loss coming in overtime and enter the break with a large lead in the Atlantic Division and second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Boston’s spot in the standings was secure regardless of Saturday’s result. Instead of coasting into the break, the Bruins closed with their first seven-goal game of the season.
“Our transition was great and that’s why we had so many odd-man rushes,” said Bergeron, whose only upcoming break is a long flight to Russia to join defending Olympic gold medalist Canada. “I’m Really excited and now I can look forward to it a lot more.”
Fellow Olympians David Krejci of the Czech Republic and Sweden’s Loui Eriksson added a pair of assists apiece in their final game before Olympic play begins.
“I liked the way we handled that,” Boston coach Claude Juliene said. “It’s not like the games we lost we weren’t very good. Throughout that stretch I thought the consistency we were looking for was there and more.”
Juliene is also Olympics-bound as a member of the Team Canada coaching staff.
Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists, Jarome Iginla a goal and assist and Reilly Smith a pair of assists for Boston.
“This is one of those nights where we just have to let it go, forget about it and move forward,” Anderson said. “We have that no-quit mentality and I think it’s shown over the last month or so. We have put ourselves in a pretty good situation to be in the hunt and to be in the battle for a playoff spot.”
Bobby Ryan scored in the second period and Patrick Wiercioch added a goal in the third for Ottawa.
Boston backup goalie Chad Johnson made 26 saves while getting the start for Tuukka Rask.
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