NHL: Boston 3, Ottawa 1

April 5, 2012 at 11:21 PM

OTTAWA, April 5 (UPI) -- Anton Khudobin, in his first start for Boston, made 44 saves Thursday in leading the Bruins to a 3-1 win over Ottawa.

Khudobin played parts of two seasons with Minnesota before being dealt to the Boston organization and this was only his seventh NHL appearance.

The only goal against Khudobin came from Jason Spezza in the second period that brought the Senators within 2-1. Milan Lucic restored a two-goal lead for Boston with the only score of the third period.

Benoit Pouliot and Greg Zanon also scored for the Bruins, who have won three out of four.

Ottawa has dropped two in a row and will go into the final game of the season needing one point to ensure it will finish as the Eastern Conference's seventh seed in the first round of the playoffs. The Senators will enter that contest with a two-point lead over eighth-place Washington.

Ben Bishop took the loss while stopping 24 shots.

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