Mighty Ducks-Bruins Preview
GAME: Anaheim Mighty Ducks (19-16-8) at Boston Bruins (16-21-7).
TIME: Monday, 1 p.m. EST.
When the Boston Bruins and Anaheim Mighty Ducks meet, each team can only hope the game is decided in regulation.
Both the Bruins and Ducks are coming off losses decided after 60 minutes, and have two of the NHL's worst records in those contests.
The Bruins lost 2-1 in a shootout to the Dallas Stars on Saturday, dropping their third straight game and falling to 0-7 in contests settled after regulation.
Anaheim, meanwhile, lost 3-2 in overtime to the Washington Capitals on Friday, and is 1-8 in overtime and shootout contests this season.
Boston has been outscored 14-3 and outshot 113-80 during its three-game skid, but coach Mike Sullivan said he saw some improvement after the loss to Dallas.
"I thought we played with intensity, I thought we played with effort, and I thought we made the right decisions with the puck for the most part," said Sullivan, whose team is 2-3-1 on its season-high seven-game homestand. "We did a lot of good things."
Rookie defenseman Milan Jurcina has done some good things, scoring all three of the Bruins' goals during the losing streak.
"I'm getting more opportunities and I've been shooting when I get the chance," said Jurcina, who has scored all five of his goals this season in the last four games. "They put me on the power play too, so that helps. I feel pretty good out there after these last four or five games. I'm more comfortable."
Boston goalie Tim Thomas made 37 saves in his first start since April 5, 2003, but couldn't stop Jussi Jokinen's deciding goal in the shootout.
Anaheim couldn't overcome injuries and Alexander Ovechkin's first career hat trick in Friday's loss.
Leading scorer Teemu Selanne missed his first contest of the season with a groin strain and center Rob Niedermayer sat out for the fourth straight game because of a concussion.
"That's no excuse," said forward Joffrey Lupul, who scored in the loss. "Injuries happen. The guys have to step up when a guy like Teemu goes out, and that didn't happen."
STANDINGS: Mighty Ducks - 46 points, 3rd place (tied), 16 PB, Pacific Division. Bruins - 39 points, 5th place, 24 PB, Northeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Mighty Ducks - Selanne, 19 goals and 37 points; Scott Niedermayer, 25 assists; Todd Fedoruk, 86 PIM. Bruins - Sergei Samsonov, 15 goals; Patrice Bergeron, 19 assists and 31 points; Hal Gill, 60 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Mighty Ducks - Power play: 15.4 percent (39 for 254), 25th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.0 percent (236 for 281), 10th. Bruins - Power play: 16.0 percent (38 for 237), 21st. Penalty killing: 83.9 percent (229 for 273), 11th.
GOALTENDERS: Mighty Ducks - Jean-Sebastien Giguere (12-6-8, 2.76 GAA); Ilya Bryzgalov (7-10-0, 2.54). Bruins - Andrew Raycroft (7-16-2, 3.68); Thomas (0-0-1, 1.24).
2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Bruins, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Oct. 19, 2003; Bruins 4-3, OT. At Anaheim, Calif., Samsonov scored with 52 seconds left in the extra period to lead Boston.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mighty Ducks - 5-10-4 on the road; Bruins - 8-9-3 at home.