Recap: Hayes Hat Trick Helps Bruins Defeat Senators 7-3

By: Mike Grinnell

Jimmy Hayes led the way on Tuesday night with his first career hat trick, as the Bruins skated to a 7-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Matt Beleskey and Patrice Bergeron both added two goals, to compliment Hayes’ hat trick, along with Tuukka Rask making 29 saves as the 20-12-4 Bruins ended their three game losing streak.

Hayes led the scoring off 8:01 into the first period, after Kevan Miller rang the puck around the boards and the puck squirted out to Hayes, who put it away for his 6th of the season and first of the game.

The Senators tied it just 4 minutes later, after Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask denied two shots in a row but couldn’t save the third, which was put home by Chris Neil, who has been scoreless his last 30 games.

Patrice Bergeron put the Bruins up 2-1 16:25 into the first period on the power play, after Torey Krug drove the puck down behind the net, where he found Bergeron, who scored his first of two.

Just 1:21 into the second period, Matt Beleskey put the Bruins up 3-1, on a one-timer, for his first of the game.

16 minutes later the Senators added another, to cut the Bruins lead to 3-2, on a Zibanejad shot from the slot, to beat Rask.

The 3rd period belonged to the Bruins, as Bergeron scored on a tip from a Krug shot just 2:38 into the period. While Ottawa would respond, to cut the Bruins lead to 4-3 on a Mike Hoffman goal.

Jimmy Hayes would add two more, one with .2 seconds remaining in the game, and Matt Beleskey would add another, to put the Bruins up 7-3.

The Bruins are off until January 1st, where the will face off against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bridgestone Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium. You can listen to that game on ESPN New Hampshire coverage beginning at 11:00 AM.

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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