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Injury-riddled Senators have quick turnaround vs. Bruins

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09 Dec 2018, 16:16 GMT+10

OTTAWA -- At some point the Ottawa Senators will surely miss Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan.

They didn't on Saturday night, and they hope not to again on Sunday, when they host the Boston Bruins at Canadian Tire Centre.

Hours after announcing they would be without Duchene (groin) and Ryan (concussion) for indefinite periods of time, the Senators scored an unlikely 2-1 overtime victory over a Pittsburgh Penguins team that appeared to be getting its act together.

Duchene is the co-leader in team scoring with 34 points in 29 games, while Ryan has chipped in with 16 points.

"Obviously guys have to step up ... we're missing two high profile guys, guys that mean a lot to this team," winger Ryan Dzingel said after scoring the winner against the Penguins. "That's the great thing about hockey. It doesn't matter what names you have in the lineup, or who's injured, it's about finding a way to get it done."

The Senators (13-14-3) ended a two-game losing streak with their 10th home victory of the season. The Bruins (15-10-4) also returned to the right track by ending a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 home victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

The Bruins will have to guard against a letdown in Ottawa after a big victory over Toronto, a top team in their division and one that entered the night with an 11-3 road record.

"It's a game where you're obviously really excited about it ... Saturday night in our building against a division rival, a team that we know we can skate with and play well and do a good job against their skill," Torey Krug, who scored his first goal of the season and added two assists, told NHL.com. "I think coming away with a win, it's exciting to see the way the guys responded after three games not playing exactly the way we wanted."

The Bruins were without Jake DeBrusk, the team's second leading goal scorer, who has also been ruled out for Sunday's game with what is believed to be a possible concussion.

It's expected goalie Tuukka Rask will get the start in Ottawa after Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves against Toronto.

"The last seven or eight minutes, we got maybe on our heels a little too much," coach Bruce Cassidy told NHL.com. "But for the most part it was one of our more complete games."

While Craig Anderson made 35 saves in the win over Pittsburgh, Mike McKenna will start in Ottawa's goal against the Bruins. McKenna's last game was Nov. 27 in Philadelphia, a 34-save, 4-3 victory that represented his first NHL win of the season.

"We've got to play hard and make sure we limit a team's time and space," Anderson said after improving his record to 12-11-3. "I thought we did a pretty good job of that (against the Penguins). We frustrated them a little bit. That's the way we have to play to even have a chance to win. We're not going to out-skill teams, make 19 fancy passes to beat anybody. We're going to be hard-nosed, hard to play against and make sure we get our goals and are defending through hard work."

The Bruins have already defeated the Senators twice this season, by scores of 6-3 (in Boston) and 4-1 (in Ottawa) in October.

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