NHL: Boston 5, Ottawa 2

Dec. 14, 2011 at 10:17 PM

OTTAWA, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Daniel Paille scored two of Boston's three third-period goals Wednesday, pushing the Bruins to a 5-2 victory over Ottawa.

Boston won its third in a row and the defending Stanley Cup champions became the first team in the Eastern Conference this season with 20 victories.

The Bruins were protecting a 2-1 lead heading into the final period and Patrice Bergeron increased the advantage 4:54 into the stanza. Paille tallied less than a minute later and added an unassisted goal with 1:04 remaining in the period.

Tim Thomas gave up two goals on 46 shots while improving his record to 14-5.

Craig Anderson allowed all five goals and made 24 saves. Ottawa had been trying for its first two-game winning streak since late November.

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