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Bruins Bounce Back Versus Buds

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins - The Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in Air Canada Centre to close out a five game road trip with a win.

Boston Bruins' Nathan Horton, left, chases Toronto Maple Leafs' Dion Phaneuf behind Toronto goaltender James Reimer during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)
The Bruins picked up two points for a total of eight out of a possible ten on their road swing.

“I think when you get on a five-game road trip and five games in eight days, in five different cities, you have to be happy with that eight out of ten points,” B’s Head Coach Claude Julien told NESN’s Naoko Funayama, postgame.

Boston had to come back from a one-goal deficit to defeat their divisional opponents.

The line of Milan Lucic, Marc Savard and Nathan Horton came through for the Bruins and accounted for two goals, two assists and earned a +5 rating.

“We had talked about it for the last little while here, they were at least creating some chances and all they have to start doing now is producing and they did that tonight,” Julien told the NESN audience. “We got much needed production from that line.”

Horton netted the first goal at 7:56 in the second and assisted on Savard’s game winner at 15:30 later that period for his first multi-point game since Dec. 7.

“Well, I mean, we did have some good games there and obviously they didn’t go in as much as we’d like, or at all, but it’s definitely nice to be on the right track and it’s only one game you know we have to keep playing this way,” Horton said. “It’s kind of nice for things to work out, for us to contribute and for us to go in and obviously help our team.”

Goaltender Tuukka Rask (36 saves), who started in consecutive games tonight for just the second time this season, came up big for Boston in the third period when the Bruins were outshot 18-9 in the third.

“Yeah, you know it’s always good to get a chance to bounce back. I didn’t think I was awful in Buffalo but I wasn’t definitely at my best,” Rask told Funayama, post-game.

“It helps to get a good game like this and get two points for us. It’s huge,” he said.

---Hannah Becker
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