|BOS||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
|OTT||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||4|
GAME: Boston Bruins (20-11-10-4) at Ottawa Senators (23-11-7-3).TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m. EST.
It's been more than a month since the Ottawa Senators lost a home game.
The Boston Bruins were responsible for that.
A pair of the league's hottest teams will be looking to extend their respective streaks when the Bruins and Senators meet at the Corel Centre.
Things are going so well for the Senators of late that even a four-goal deficit Thursday against the visiting New York Islanders wasn't insurmountable.
"Any time you come back from 4-1 it's somewhat of a victory," Ottawa forward Bryan Smolinski said. "You dig yourself a hole, but you've got to find a way to dig yourself out."
Ottawa, which trailed by three goals entering the third period, moved to 7-0-2 at home since a 3-2 loss to Boston on Dec. 13. The Senators have earned a point in 14 of their last 15 games (10-1-4).
Making Thursday's draw even more impressive was that Ottawa rallied from a large deficit without any contributions from two of its best players.
Boston continued its climb up the Eastern Conference standings with a 1-0 road victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.
Since Samsonov returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a knee injury, Boston is 6-0-1 -- its longest unbeaten streak since a 7-0-1 run from March 7-21, 1996.
"It's always easy to come back from an injury and get thrown on a line like that," Samsonov said. "It makes everything easier. You get scoring opportunities, you play well and get your confidence back real quickly."
Bruins coach Mike Sullivan has two hot goalies to choose from for Saturday.
Andrew Raycroft has allowed five goals during four straight wins, while Potvin has given up six goals in a personal 3-0-1 stretch.
|Mar 23 '04||OTT 2 at BOS 4||G. Murray|
|Feb 12 '04||BOS 2 at OTT 3 - OT||M. Havlat|
|Jan 17 '04||BOS 0 at OTT 4||B. Pothier|
|Dec 30 '03||OTT 3 at BOS 0||T. White|
|Dec 13 '03||BOS 3 at OTT 2||J. Thornton|
|Dec 08 '03||OTT 2 at BOS 2 - OT||W. Redden|