Ottawa native Ryan Spooner scored twice as the Bruins defeated the Senators 3-1 Tuesday night.
With the win, the Bruins (34-22-10) now have a six-point lead on the Florida Panthers for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Senators (30-24-11) fall seven points back of the Bruins in the loss.
With his second and third goals of the season, Spooner extended his point streak to six games.
Craig Anderson, who was making consecutive starts for the first time since Jan. 20-21, made 19 saves in the loss.
Loui Eriksson had the other Bruins goal.
Sens’ forward Matt Puempel scored his first NHL goal in the loss.
Tuukka Rask, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday, made 39 saves to improve to 27-16-10 on the season.
The Bruins have points in all four meetings between the to clubs this season (2-0-2). They’ll meet for a fifth and final time in Ottawa on March 19.
Boston Bruins’ forward Ryan Spooner opened the scoring at 1:02 of the second period beating a screened Craig Anderson for his second goal of the season.
Spooner now has at least a point in six straight games.
After Loui Eriksson gave Boston 2-0 lead, Spooner netted his second of the night, and third of the season, for the first multi-goal game of his career.
The 23-year-old now has three goals and four assists during the point streak.
Milan Lucic picked up his 200th career assist on Spooner’s second of the night.
Anderson, who is starting in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 20-21, allowed three goals on 18 shots through two periods.
Daniel Paille scored twice as the Boston Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Sunday afternoon at the TD Garden.
The Bruins (33-22-10) scored two shorthanded goals and went 2-for-5 on the power play in the win.
Boston now has points in five straight (4-0-1). The Bruins also have a four-point lead on the Florida Panthers for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Detroit (36-17-11) has lost two straight in regulation for the first time this season.
Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Loui Eriksson had the other Boston goals while Niklas Svedberg made 36 saves in the win.
Gustav Nyquist, Luke Glendening and Marek Zidlicky scored for Detroit.
Pavel Datsyuk had two assists in the loss.
Jonas Gustavsson allowed four goals on 23 shots and was replaced by Jimmy Howard to start the third. Howard made six saves in relief.
Sunday was the first time the Red Wings have allowed two shorthanded goals since Jan. 24, 2004.
Boston and Detroit conclude the five-game season series on April 2 in Detroit.