BOSTON (AP) -- With how things started for the Boston Bruins, they were happy
to skate off with a point.
Glen Murray had a goal and an assist to lead Boston to a 2-2 tie with the
Ottawa Senators on Monday night.
The lone goal of the first period came when Boston goalie Andrew Raycroft's
skates slipped from under him, leaving an empty net for forward Vaclav Varada
to score his fifth of the season.
"It was just an unfortunate mishap," Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. "He
caught a rut, but it was real encouraging the way he responded. For a young
guy, he didn't get rattled and came back to make some big saves."
Murray gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead with a breakaway goal 6:45 into the second
period. He stole a pass near center ice, skated in and flipped a backhander
past goaltender Patrick Lalime into the far top corner of the net.
Lalime made 21 saves in his return from a bout with the flu that forced him
to miss the previous four contests. Martin Prusek was scheduled to start his
fifth straight game, but he injured his back in pregame warmups.
"You never know what's going to happen," Lalime said. "He helped me out
last week, and I had to do the same for him."
The Senators tied it at 1 with 3:39 remaining in the second when defenseman
Wade Redden put a rebound past Raycroft for his seventh goal of the season.
The Bruins are 0-2-3 in their last five home games and are winless against
Ottawa in four. Boston hasn't beaten the Senators since Nov. 9, 2002 and is
0-4-8 in overtime against Ottawa.
"We need to come out harder," Boston forward Brian Rolston said.
"Raycroft was awesome tonight and that was the key. We've just got to come out
with a better effort."
Ottawa, which failed to beat the Bruins in its first 22 games, is 13-4-4 in
21 games against them since the start of the 1999-2000 season.
"We played fairly well," Senators defenseman Brian Pothier said. "We're
just making those one or two mistakes a game that are costing us. That's been
the story for us the last little stretch. We really need to buckle down,
eliminate those couple mistakes, and we'll be a lot better off."
The Bruins, 1-3-3-1 in the past eight games, tied it early in the second
period on Dan McGillis' shot from just inside the blue line that appeared to
deflect off the stick of an Ottawa defenseman.
Raycroft stopped 28 shots and has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his 15