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(Sports Network) - Zdeno Chara will go up against his former team for the first time when the defenseman's new club, the Boston Bruins, plays host to the surging Ottawa Senators tonight at TD Banknorth Garden.

Chara, one of the most coveted free agents in this past offseason's market, ended his four-year tenure with Ottawa to sign a lucrative five-year deal with the Bruins in July. The towering blueliner was a finalist for the Norris Trophy in 2003-04 and placed fourth in voting for the coveted award last season.

After a slow start to their 2006-07 campaign, the Senators appear to be doing fine without their All-Star defenseman, however. Ottawa comes in having won its last three games and have outscored its opponents 21-5 during the streak.

The Senators kept up their winning ways by disposing of Toronto, 7-2, at Scotiabank Place on Thursday. Dany Heatley's fourth career hat trick keyed a five-goal second period which carried Ottawa to the easy victory.

Jason Spezza, Heatley and defenseman Joe Corvo accumulated a whopping 13 total points for the game, setting several team records in the process. Spezza's four assists in the second period set a club mark for a single frame, while Corvo's five points and four helpers established new single-game highs by a defenseman.

Antoine Vermette added a goal and an assist while goaltender Ray Emery stopped 29 shots for Ottawa, which swept the home-and-home series with the Leafs.
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