OTTAWA (AP) – Marco Sturm scored three times and Marc Savard had two goals and two assists, leading the Boston Bruins to a 7-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Patrice Bergeron had five assists, and Glen Murray and Paul Mara also scored to help Bruins captain Zdeno Chara win his first game in Ottawa since leaving the Senators last offseason for a five-year, $37.5 million contract.

Christoph Schubert scored Ottawa’s first goal at 19:55 of the second – with the Senators already trailing 5-0. Antoine Vermette added a 4-on-4 goal midway through the third.

Boston has won all three meetings between the Northeast Division rivals this season. The last-place Bruins have won two of three and are one point behind the fourth-place Senators.

Sturm finished with his second career hat trick. He opened the scoring 9:39 in before adding two more goals in the second. Murray made it 2-0 at 10:44 of the first with his team-leading 17th goal on a setup from Savard.

Chara, booed whenever he touched the puck, assisted on Savard’s power-play goal late in the opening period to put Boston up 3-0.

Sturm got his second of the game at the 10:00 mark of the second on another Bruins power play following a skirmish in front of Ottawa’s bench involving Boston’s Wayne Primean and Senators enforcer Brian McGrattan.

The players were each given roughing minors and 10-minute misconducts at 9:34 of the second after all the skaters from both teams squared off along the boards when Primeau and Mara went after McGrattan after he high-sticked Primeau from behind.

Sturm got his third goal at 15:32 to increase Boston’s lead to 5-0.

Ray Emery stopped 15 of 20 shots in two periods. Martin Gerber replaced him for the third with Ottawa trailing 5-1.

Notes: Sturm’s first hat trick came on Dec. 23, 1998, with San Jose at Edmonton. … Bergeron had never had more than two assists in a game. … Ken Hodge and Bobby Orr hold the Bruins record of six assists in a game. … Senators D Wade Redden missed his ninth game in a row because of a chest injury. Redden, who had a groin injury earlier this season, has been limited to 18 games so far. … The Senators began a stretch with 15 of 20 games at home.

AP-ES-12-19-06 2233EST


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