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Power-play goal from left circle wins it for Boston

10/15/2002

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.

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.