BOSTON (AP) _ This time, the Boston Bruins didn't need to recover from a
Glen Murray scored his 30th goal of the season and added an assist, and
Andrew Raycroft stopped 28 shots to lead the Bruins over the Ottawa Senators
4-2 Tuesday night.
The Bruins, in a three-way race with Ottawa and Toronto for first place in
the Northeast Division, moved three points ahead of the Maple Leafs and four
ahead of the Senators. They remained two behind Tampa Bay, which beat the Maple
Leafs 7-2, for the Eastern Conference's best record.
Boston, 7-1-1 in its last nine games, has won the first two games of a
four-game homestand. The Bruins, who host Toronto on Thursday and Montreal on
Saturday, beat Tampa Bay 5-4 on Saturday after falling behind 3-0.
``I thought that was one of the best 60 minutes of hockey we've had all year
long,'' Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. ``Our guys were ready from the drop of
the puck. We played a pretty good hockey club and our guys were ready.''
Travis Green gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 4:45 of the first period when he put
in a rebound of a shot by Dan McGillis. It was Green's second goal in as many
games and his fifth in his last 12.
The Bruins extended their lead to 2-0 when Sergei Samsonov, who played in
his third straight game after missing 11 with bruised ribs, wristed a shot into
the goal at 7:03 of the second period. At the end of a two-on-one break, Murray
fed a pass in front of the net to Samsonov for his 27th assist of the season.
The Bruins showed they were focused on a strong beginning after what
happened against the Lightning on Saturday.
``We wanted to come out with a good start,'' Raycroft said. ``But a good
start doesn't mean you get two points. We wanted to carry it right through.''
Ottawa cut the lead to 2-1 at 3:08 of the third period when Martin Havlat
scored his 29th goal of the season on a rebound of Daniel Alfredsson's shot.
Boston answered at 6:53 of the period when Murray put the puck into an empty
net after Senators goalie Patrick Lalime came out and hit the Boston wing with
an attempted clearing pass. Murray, charging in from the right wing, knocked
the puck down and fired it into the net.
``I made a couple of mistakes. That was the difference,'' Lalime said. ``We
can play better than we did tonight.''
The Senators are 4-6-0-1 in their last 11 games.
``We're in the desperate part of our season,'' Ottawa defenseman Todd
Simpson said. ``We have to put more energy in our game.''
The Bruins are unbeaten in regulation when leading after two periods,
``If we win all the games this week we can say we played great,'' Murray
Jason Spezza scored for the Senators at 7:17 to make it 3-2. It was Spezza's
21st goal and came after he took a pass from near the Boston bench from Havlat.
Nick Boynton built the Bruins lead to 4-2 at 13:01 of the third with his
fifth goal on a shot from the left face off circle.