LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In the first period, the Boston Bruins
couldn't stay out of the penalty box and Felix Potvin couldn't keep
the Los Angeles Kings' power play at bay. In the third period, he
didn't have to handle a single shot from his ex-teammates.
Rookie Patrice Bergeron scored his first NHL goal with 2:32
remaining to tie the score, and Mike Knuble got the winner 44
seconds later as the Bruins rallied from three goals down to beat
the Kings 4-3 Saturday night in their only meeting of the season.
"I challenged them," Bruins rookie coach Mike Sullivan said of
his lecture to the team at the first break. "I asked the guys what
it's going to take for us to figure out how to win in this league.
"Teams that are successful don't beat themselves -- and taking
undisciplined penalties is one of the easiest ways to beat
yourselves. Emotion is a big part of this game, and we had it in
the last two periods."
Felix Potvin, facing the Kings for the first time since leaving
as an unrestricted free agent, recorded his first victory for the
Bruins and finished with 15 saves after giving up three power-play
"It was fun coming back," said Potvin, who signed with the
Bruins a week before training camp and is making $2 million less
than the $3.3 million he made last season. "I have a lot of good
memories of this place. It was tough to leave, but it was sure
sweet to come back and win a game like this."
Sandy McCarthy and Brian Rolston also scored for the Bruins, who
surrendered three power-play goals for the third time in their
first five contests.
Luc Robitaille scored the first two goals of the game and Ziggy
Palffy had three assists for the Kings. They appeared to be heading
toward their fourth straight victory when McCarthy's 25-foot shot
beat Roman Cechmanek to the glove side with 6:41 left in the second
period and triggered the Bruins' rally.
Lubomir Visnovsky had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who
recorded three power-play goals for the second straight game before
the roof caved in on Cechmanek.
"Just 48 hours ago, we were talking about one of the more
gratifying wins we've had -- and obviously tonight we are talking
about one of our biggest disappointments," coach Andy Murray said.
"I think if you are the Boston Bruins, you learn from a game like
this how hard you have to work, and that you never quit and keep
pushing and grinding."
The Bruins outshot Los Angeles 11-0 in the third. It was the
first time they did not allow a shot on net over an entire period
since Nov. 13, 2001, against Minnesota.
"To get no shots in the third period is unacceptable," Trent
Klatt said. "We built ourselves a lead and just didn't stick to
our game plan. We didn't work as hard as we should have for the
whole 60 minutes."
The Bruins failed to get a shot on net in the first eight
minutes and were outshot 15-4 in the opening period. They narrowed
the gap to 3-2 with 15:09 remaining when Rolston beat Cechmanek
through a screen with a 55-foot slap shot from between the circles.
The goal came a second after a hooking penalty to Kings defenseman
Tomas Zizka had expired.
Bergeron, the youngest player in the NHL, got the Bruins even
after setting up their first two goals. He knocked in a rebound of
Rolston's shot from the point while Kings rookie Tim Gleason was
serving a high-sticking penalty. Knuble, reunited on a line with
Glen Murray and Joe Thornton, converted a rebound of Murray's shot
from the right circle for his first goal of the season.
"We work well together," said Knuble, coming off his first
30-goal season. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to play on
the same line with those guys. It felt like we never missed a step
and we got a lot of scoring chances. We were only able to get that
one goal at the end, but that was enough."
Palffy, serving as Kings captain while D Mattias Norstrom
is out with a deep chest bruise, has 22 goals and 18 assists in 23
career games against Boston. His 243 points since the start of the
2000-01 season are the fourth-most in the NHL behind Jaromir Jagr,
Markus Naslund and Alexei Kovalev. ... Jaroslav Modry, playing his
300th game with the Kings, got an assist on Visnovsky's goal. ...
The Bruins killed off all 10 short-handed situations in their
previous two games after allowing three power-play goals in each of
their first two contests.
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Arena: STAPLES Center Location: Los Angeles, California
Referees: Marc Joannette, Dean Warren Linesmen: Thor Nelson, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 18,118 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Luc Robitaille (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Jozef Stumpel, Zigmund Palffy