Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Monday, October 14th
Game 2: Tuesday, February 4th

Bruins 2

(1-1-0, 2 pts)

Avalanche 1

(0-1-0, 1 pts)

9:00 PM ET, October 14, 2002

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
BOS 0 1 12
COL 1 0 01

S. Samsonov (Bruins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Lapointe (Bruins - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

H. Gill (Bruins - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Power-play goal from left circle wins it for Boston

DENVER (AP) -- Sergei Samsonov knew there wasn't much time left when he got a shot off from the left circle. Turns out there was just enough.

Sergei Samsonov

Samsonov scored a power-play goal with just a half-second remaining, lifting the Boston Bruins past the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 Monday night.

''I came out of the corner knowing there wasn't much time,'' Samsonov said. ''I had the option to give it to a defenseman or go to the net. I went to the net, knowing we had a couple guys in front.

''I went low to the glove side. I was surprised when it went in. How many times are you going to score goals like that?''

With the game appearing headed to overtime, Samsonov scored on the Bruins' 17th power-play shot after Milan Hejduk was penalized for pulling down P.J. Axelsson on a partial breakaway at 19:15.

Bruins goalie John Grahame made 24 saves, and Colorado's Patrick Roy had 35.

''Sammy did a nice job,'' Bruins coach Robbie Ftorek said of Samsonov. ''He was able to find it in the last second. We took a lot of shots, and Patrick made a lot of saves, as did John Grahame. Fortunately, the last one went in for us.''

Colorado, idle since its season opener Wednesday, was outshot 37-25.

''We simply got outworked,'' Avalanche coach Bob Hartley said.

Referring to the Bruins' 5-1 defeat against Minnesota in their opener Friday night, Hartley said, ''After a bad start in Minnesota, they bounced back and had a much better effort than we did.''

Roy said the Bruins ''played better than us. You could tell they were a hungry team. I think they were embarrassed by their last game in Minnesota.''

Grahame, a native of Denver, was 0-2-1 against the Avalanche before Monday night.

''This is one of the best performances of my short NHL career,'' he said. ''The team played well in front of me.

''The feeling is great, especially beating such a good team and to do it at home.''

Despite being outshot 12-6 in the first period, the Avalanche led 1-0 on Martin Skoula's power-play goal at 7:00.

Boston's Sean O'Donnell went off on a double minor for slashing and unsportsmanlike conduct at 4:17. Colorado, 0-for-7 on the power play in its opener, converted when Skoula's shot was redirected off Bruins defenseman Nicholas Boynton.

Martin Lapointe tied it with a power-play goal at 10:50 of the second period. With Peter Forsberg off for high-sticking, Lapointe took a pass from Joe Thornton and beat Roy from the right circle. Grahame was given the second assist.

Forsberg was whistled for a double minor for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct late in the second period. But the Bruins couldn't capitalize on the four-minute advantage, 1:41 of which carried over to the third period.

Roy made several key saves in the third period, including a stop on Jonathan Girard on a three-on-two and a sprawling pad save on Jozef Stumpel.

Game notes

It was the second game of the Bruins' six-game road trip, the longest season-opening trip in franchise history. ... The Bruins, who went to Colorado after the 5-1 defeat Friday in Calgary, took a two-hour tour Saturday of the North American Aerospace Defense facility near Colorado Springs. ... Colorado plays six of its next eight games on the road. ... Avalanche forward Dan Hinote, out since he broke his leg in the playoffs, has resumed skating but probably is a couple of weeks from returning to the lineup. ... The Avalanche don't have a timetable on the availability of center Dean McAmmond (lower back), who has yet to skate since being acquired from Calgary on Oct. 1.

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