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Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:48 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 1
Boston Bruins 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO (AP) - Chastised by their owner, the Boston Bruins responded.

Glen Murray scored twice to help Boston end its longest losing streak in eight years with a 5-1 rout of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Patrice Bergeron, Shawn McEachern and Sergei Samsonov also scored for the Bruins, who snapped a six-game slide - their longest since a seven-game skid from March 17 to April 3, 1997.

Owner Jeremy Jacobs called the slump very disappointing and questioned his team's desire and worth ethic in a Boston newspaper. The Bruins answered, outshooting the Maple Leafs 37-20 to end Toronto's season-best four-game winning streak.

Asked if there was a feeling of urgency going into the game, goalie Andrew Raycroft said: ``That's the understatement of the century. It hasn't been too much fun. And not that one win makes it a country club around here, but it gets the monkey off our back.''

Raycroft said the whole team knew about Jacob's rant.

``We knew we were on the hot seat,'' he said.

Darcy Tucker scored for the Maple Leafs, who were booed off the ice.

Toronto goalie Ed Belfour played perhaps his worst game of the season. After skating far out of his net to clear a puck in the second period, he fanned on the pass and ended up sending it right to a Boston player. Bergeron followed with a shot past a crouched Toronto defenseman.

Belfour was later jeered by the home fans when he successfully left his net to clear a puck.

Murray scored twice on the power play in the first as Boston outshot Toronto 18-4 in the period.

``I think teams right now take us for granted,'' Bruins captain Joe Thornton said. ``We came out hard and scored a couple of goals on the power play. They were on their heels.''

Standing in front of the net, Murray batted the puck out of the air and put it between Belfour's legs at 3:03 of the first. He scored his 12th goal of season at 8:16 with a shot from in front.

Bergeron made it 3-0 at 4:21 of the second after Belfour's miscue.

After a Toronto turnover, McEachern made it 4-0 at 6:08 of the second by skating in on a 2-on-1 and beating Belfour with a high wrist shot.

Fans booed the Maple Leafs off the ice at the end of the second period and after the final buzzer.

``That wasn't one of our best efforts of the year, that's for sure, and the score shows it,'' Toronto's Matt Stajan said.

Tucker cut it to 4-1 with his eighth goal at 2:39 of the third, but Samsonov made it 5-1 at 11:57 after skating in on a 2-on-1 after a Toronto turnover.

A minute later, Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi and Boston's Andrew Alberts tussled.

Notes: Murray didn't play in the third after sustaining a mild groin strain. ... The Bruins were outscored 24-12 during their losing streak. ... Toronto's Eric Lindros played his 700th career game. ... Belfour is two wins short of tying Terry Sawchuk (447) for second on the career list. ... The Maple Leafs won their previous two games against Boston.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:03
BOS
PPG - Glen Murray (11) Slapshot - ASST: Patrice Bergeron (8), Jiri Slegr (10)
1 - 0 BOS
08:16
BOS
PPG - Glen Murray (12) Slapshot - ASST: Alexei Zhamnov (3), Joe Thornton (22)
2 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
04:21
BOS
Patrice Bergeron (6) Wrist shot - ASST: P.J. Axelsson (11), Travis Green (5)
3 - 0 BOS
06:08
BOS
Shawn McEachern (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Thomas Fitzgerald (4), Eric Nickulas (1)
4 - 0 BOS
3rd Period
02:39
TOR
Darcy Tucker (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Stajan (6), Kyle Wellwood (9)
4 - 1 BOS
11:57
BOS
Sergei Samsonov (10) Snap shot - ASST: Brad Boyes (8), Alexei Zhamnov (4)
5 - 1 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
01:15
TOR
Chad Kilger  Hooking against  Patrice Bergeron
07:53
TOR
Alexander Khavanov  Hooking against  Brad Boyes
14:15
BOS
Eric Nickulas  Hooking against  Alexander Steen
17:23
TOR
Aki Berg  Tripping against  Patrice Bergeron
18:30
BOS
Jiri Slegr  Hooking against  Matt Stajan
2nd Period
08:53
TOR
Eric Lindros  Cross checking against  Alexei Zhamnov
15:43
BOS
Milan Jurcina  Hooking against  Chad Kilger
18:58
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Roughing
20:00
BOS
Brad Boyes  Hooking
3rd Period
04:42
BOS
Thomas Fitzgerald  Tripping against  Staffan Kronwall
13:00
BOS
Andrew Alberts  Fighting (maj) against  Tie Domi
13:00
TOR
Tie Domi  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Alberts
14:03
TOR
Staffan Kronwall  Roughing against  Brad Boyes
17:45
BOS
Shawn McEachern  Tripping against  Kyle Wellwood
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .952SH: 4 - 4
Ed Belfour
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .865SH: 0 - 0