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Riley Nash of the Boston Bruins looks to pass against the Ottawa Senators in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Riley Nash scored two goals as the Boston Bruins made the most of their opportunities and handily defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Wednesday at TD Garden. The win is the Bruins’ fifth in a row and they are now 9-2-1 in the month of December.

Furthermore, the Bruins are 14-3-1 in their last 18 games. Wednesday’s win vaults them into a tie for second place in the Atlantic Division with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Goaltender Tuukka Rask continued his recent stellar play, as he made 25 saves on 26 Senators shots. He’s now 9-0-1 in his last 10 starts with a .948 save percentage.

Riley Nash tops the highlights

Nash scored his third of the season just 1:25 into the second period. He won a puck battle against Sens defenseman Erik Karlsson then fired a quick wrister through Anderson to put the Bruins up 3-0.

After Ottawa’s Thomas Chabot cut the Bruins’ lead to 3-1, Nash answered. He split two Senators defenders on a slick feed from Anders Bjork and deked Anderson with a backhand to put the B’s back up by three.

For Riley Nash, it’s the fourth multi-goal game of his career. He last accomplished the feat with two goals against the New York Islanders on March 25. He also pulled it off twice with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Defenseman Kevan Miller opened the scoring at 5:22 of the first period when he slapped a loose puck over the shoulder of Senators goalie Craig Anderson. The goal was his first of the season and first tally since April 2 against the Blackhawks.

In addition, Danton Heinen continued to impress as he scored a goal and an assist. As a result, he’s up to 24 points in 31 games on the season.

Tempers flared late in the first period after the Senators’ Frederik Claesson delivered a high hit to the head of Bruins forward Noel Acciari. Tim Schaller responded when he dropped the gloves and fought Claesson shortly afterward. While Schaller got hit with an instigator penalty, Claesson received a game misconduct for the hit.

Up next, the Bruins travel to D.C. to complete the back-to-back on Thursday. Backup goalie Anton Khudobin draws the tough road matchup against the Washington Capitals. For Khudobin, it’s his first start since a 36-save shutout against the Buffalo Sabres.