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Final: Bruins, 6-4

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  January 8, 2009 11:04 PM

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Two sweet third-period strikes -- David Krejci's close-range tap-in and Marc Savard's roofer over Martin Gerber -- turned a so-so 3-3 tie into a 6-4 win over Ottawa that snapped Boston's two-game losing streak.

"We've been kind of slipping a bit," said Savard. "It wasn't our greatest effort, but we stuck with it. We had some big efforts from certain guys. It was huge to get a win tonight, especially against these guys."

* Strong game from Chuck Kobasew, who made his debut on the No. 1 line with Savard and Phil Kessel. Kobasew netted Boston's second goal, then took a heavy hit from Jason Smith in the third period that led to Savard's goal. "He looked like a lineman there," Savard said of Smith's thump on Kobasew. "He was getting hit pretty hard there. I said to him right away that it was a great job by him taking that hit."

* Claude Julien gave Shawn Thornton props for standing up to Chris Neil's challenge in the first period. But Julien said he was disappointed that Thornton's teammates failed to respond after the fight.

* Manny Fernandez wasn't pleased about letting in a late Antoine Vermette goal. "No reasons for that," Fernandez said. "You have to concentrate the whole 60 minutes."

* The Bruins practice tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at TD Banknorth Garden.

STICK SALUTE: Aaron Ward. Is still feeling the effects of a charley horse, but saw 20:06 of ice time, scored the game's first goal, and finished with a plus-3 rating.

SIN BIN: Dennis Wideman. A bad giveaway led to Ottawa's second goal. Was beaten to a loose puck by Neil that led to the game-tying goal.

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