MONTREAL (AP) _ The Boston Bruins are cornering the market on rookie of the
Andrew Raycroft recorded his third shutout of the season and Glen Murray
scored his third goal in two games, leading the Bruins to a 1-0 win over the
Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
Raycroft, selected to represent the Eastern Conference alongside teammate
Patrice Bergeron in the NHL's Young Stars game next Saturday during the
All-Star festivities, turned aside 34 shots for his second shutout _ Boston's
third _ in January.
Raycroft, who improved to 17-12-6, is gaining consideration for the Calder
Trophy, the award that goes to the top rookie and for which Bergeron was an
``We're not thinking about it too much,'' Raycroft said. ``It's kind of been
brought up a little bit lately, but we're just trying to get wins here. I get
to watch Patrice every day in practice and see how skilled he is. You know, I
like to be modest.''
Murray, who scored both goals in a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders on
Thursday to reach 500 career points, scored on a power play early in the
Boston, extended its unbeaten streak to three despite being outshot 34-16.
The Bruins, currently on a 5-1-1 run on the road, are 10-3-2 overall after
going winless in eight.
``I think we just got back to playing the way we know we could play at the
beginning of the season,'' Murray said of the turnaround. ``We weren't getting
the breaks and we weren't playing smart. We've got a few guys back from injury
now and we're playing as a team. We're really playing as a team and our special
teams have picked up a little bit.''
The Canadiens, whose best scoring chances were a pair of shots that hit the
post, lost for the fourth time in five games.
``We threw a lot of shots at (Raycroft) and he responded to all of them,''
Canadiens rookie Michael Ryder said. ``And we hit a couple of posts. I guess
that's the goalie's luck, but unfortunately we couldn't get the bounce
Both teams host matinee games Sunday, including the Bruins, who have a 1:00
p.m. start against Pittsburgh leading into the hometown New England Patriots'
Super Bowl appearance later in the day against Carolina in Houston.
``Maybe we should push our game up to 10 o'clock or something because the
Super Bowl's at 6:30,'' Murray said. ``Hopefully the fans will be there before
they go out for their Super Bowl party.''
Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore lost his fourth straight start despite
stopping 15 of 16 shots.
Theodore came up with a pair of saves on Bruins captain Joe Thornton while
Montreal was short two men for 1:42 midway through the first.
Ryder, who will be Raycroft's teammate next Saturday, hit the post later in
the period, which ended with Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray stepping into
captain Saku Koivu's squabble with the Bruins' Sean O'Donnell.
Souray spent the first 17 minutes of the second in the penalty box for an
instigating minor, a misconduct and a fighting major.
``I've been benched for longer than that,'' Souray said, joking. ``It's
tough, though. You just totally get out of the groove. I didn't think I was
going to get that many minutes.''
Montreal drew the additional minor penalty and Murray took advantage of the
power-play opportunity, scoring 57 seconds into the second off a pass from Nick
Boynton. The goal came 16 seconds after a Boston penalty expired.
The Canadiens missed another scoring opportunity in the third when
defenseman Andrei Markov's slap shot from the point was deflected by Yanic
Perreault, but the shot struck the post.