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Bruins dump Sens for 5th straight

The Sports Xchange
December 28. 2017 12:46AM
Boston's Tim Schaller, of Merrimack, N.H., fights with Ottawa's Fredrik Claesson during the first period at TD Garden on Wednesday night. The Bruins won, 5-1. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

BOSTON — Riley Nash scored his first two goals since Nov. 28 and added an assist as the sizzling Boston Bruins came out of the holiday break with a convincing 5-1 victory over the floundering Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.

The win, the Bruins’ fifth straight, ended Boston’s six-game losing streak — three of the games at home — against the Senators, who also knocked them out of last year’s playoffs in six games.

Nash matched his career high in points, Tuukka Rask made 25 saves to go to 9-0-1 in his last 10 starts.

For Boston, David Backes and Danton Heinen both posted a goal and an assist. Defenseman Kevan Miller scored his first goal in 35 games, and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk had two assists.

Boston is 14-3-1 in its last 18 games. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Senators, who are ahead of only two teams in the overall NHL standings.

Ottawa has lost eight of its last 11 and is 3-13-3 in its last 19.

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