BOSTON (AP) _ Sergei Gonchar immediately showed how he can bolster the
Boston Bruins' power play.
Gonchar scored in his Boston debut, and Joe Thornton had two goals Thursday
night to help the Bruins end a four-game winless streak with a 3-1 victory over
the New York Rangers.
``It was a relief. You want to do the best you can, and then you score a
goal in your first game and the team wins. What else would you want?'' Gonchar
Gonchar, the All-Star defenseman acquired Wednesday from Washington, gave
Boston a 3-0 lead with a power-play goal 9:51 into the third. He took a pass
from newly acquired center and former Capitals teammate Michael Nylander and
beat Mike Dunham from just inside the blue line for his eighth goal of the
``They are two guys that are going to help our team. But we had success
tonight because it was really a collaborative effort,'' Boston coach Mike
Sullivan said. ``That's why this team has been successful, and we feel will
continue to be successful, and we think these two guys can help us.''
Thornton got both goals in a 4:52 stretch midway through the second period.
He opened the scoring at 6:44 with his 18th of the season when he took a
cross-ice feed from Jiri Slegr and beat Dunham from the top of the right
Thornton then pushed Boston's lead to 2-0 at 11:36 with a wrister from the
``The confidence in the room just goes up with adding two guys like that.
You have extra jump in your legs and that's what happened tonight,'' Thornton
Nylander was obtained earlier Thursday from the Capitals for a second-round
draft pick in 2006 and future considerations
In their first game since trading away Brian Leetch, Alex Kovalev and Petr
Nedved, the Rangers put just 17 shots on net and went 1-for-6 on the power
play. Jaromir Jagr ended Boston's hopes for its first home shutout of the
season with a power-play goal at 19:18 of the third period.
``I think there could be some residual effects. I'm OK with the effort, but
it has to improve an awful lot,'' Rangers interim coach Tom Renney said.
Slegr had a pair of assists for the Bruins. The two-goal effort was just
Thornton's second of the season. He scored twice in a 5-4 win over Atlanta on
Felix Potvin made 16 saves for Boston. Dunham stopped 26 shots for New