A solid third period cured that though, as the Senators rallied for a 5-2 win Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place. The win was the Senators' first in four tries against the Bruins this season, and they were outscored 13-6 in the first three, including a humiliating 7-2 setback on Dec. 19, also at Scotiabank Place.
Danny Heatley had a goal and an assist to lead Ottawa. Mike Comrie, Daniel Alfredsson, Patrick Eaves and Peter Schaefer, into an empty net, also scored for the Senators, who trailed 2-0 after two periods before rallying to their seventh victory in their past nine games.
Alfredsson scored the winner at 12:25 of the third period as he jumped on a loose puck in the slot, spun and fired beating netminder Tim Thomas. Eaves gave the Senators an insurance goal with just over two minutes to play.
"I don't think we played well through the first two periods," Heatley said. "We fought hard in the third though and was a huge game, especially because it was a divisional game."
The Senators dominated the third period outshooting the Bruins 19-12 and 36-25 overall. Comrie scored his first goal as a Senator at 2:22 of the third period, cutting the Bruins lead in half before Heatley tied the game 2-2, just over three minutes later.
Comrie grabbed a loose puck in the Bruins' end, cut in front of the net, and scored on a backhand after waiting just long enough for Thomas to get himself out of position.
Heatley put on a stick handling clinic as he skated in from centre through a maze of skaters and fired a wrist shot past Thomas on the short side.
Minutes later, the Senators caught a break as Bruins forward Marc Savard beat Ottawa goal Ray Emery with a long shot, but hit the post.
"I think we got a little nervous between the second and third period and we did feel a little bit more tension," Thomas said. "Then I got through the first couple of minutes and I thought I was going to be alright. This has happened a few times to use. It all of a sudden turns on us."
After a scoreless second period, the Bruins took their 2-0 lead into the third period. Not only was there no scoring in the second, but there wasn't much in the way of shots on goal either, as the Senators had six and the Bruins only three.
"That's how we've had success against Ottawa-we've got up and we built on it," Thomas said. "You can't sit on a 2-0 lead in today's NHL.We can't."
Sturm opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game converting a penalty shot after he was hauled down by Senators defenceman Andrej Meszaros while the Bruins were shorthanded.
Sturm moved in, stopped dead in front of Emery and picked the corner for his 11th goal of the season.
Mara gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead at 11:37 when his point shot seemed to catch Emery off guard as the puck went right through his legs.
"We played 60 (minutes), believe it or not," Emery said. "We didn't panic is the most important thing. By the time the third period rolled around we started firing and kind of waited it out and started burying some goals. It was a good game for us and encouraging not to panic."
Notes: - Senators defenceman Christoph Schubert played in his 100th NHL game Tuesday night ... The Senators head to New York to play the Rangers on Thursday night.