Final

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Boston leads 1-0

Game 1: Friday, November 14th
Bruins4Final
Blue Jackets0

Bruins 4

(9-2-2, 23 pts)

Blue Jackets 0

(5-9-1, 12 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 14, 2003

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

1 2 3 T
BOS 4 0 04
CBJ 0 0 00

G. Murray (Bruins - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

D. McGillis (Bruins - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

B. Rolston (Bruins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Murray scores two goals

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus fans had little to cheer for -- except the postgame turkey shoot.

Glen Murray had two goals and Dan McGillis and Brian Rolston each had a goal and an assist -- all in the first period -- in the Boston Bruins' 4-0 victory over the Blue Jackets on Friday night.

"We didn't show up," Columbus coach Doug MacLean said.

As he was speaking in the dressing room, fans fired shots at tiny slots cut into plywood in an effort to win Thanksgiving turkeys. Hundreds shouted and applauded when a puck went in -- expending energy they didn't get to during the game.

"It was discouraging," added MacLean, also Columbus' general manager. "It was one of those nights. We had no jump and they had all kinds."

Felix Potvin stopped 24 shots for his second shutout of the season and the 30th of his 12-year career.

"We've been struggling with the lead this year and for my part I wanted to make sure I stayed focused and didn't give them a chance to get back in the game," said Potvin, in his first season with the Bruins after 2{ years with Los Angeles.

Jeff Jillson and Joe Thornton added two assists for the Bruins, who are unbeaten in their last four games (3-0-1-0), have an eight-game points streak (5-0-1-2) and have scored points in their last nine road games (7-0-1-1).

"We came out really hard," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "It's an area of our game where we've tried to get better and tonight we did a real good job. We moved our feet and we made real good decisions with the puck. We got into the type of game we wanted to get into."

For perhaps the first time in Columbus' four years as a franchise, the fans booed the team off the ice after the opening period.

"We weren't very good, bottom line," MacLean said. "We weren't very good and they were."

The Bruins had outshot the Blue Jackets 13-4 in the first 20 minutes and dominated in every facet. Columbus was playing its third game in three arenas in the last four nights and looked lethargic and passive.

"There wasn't anything to be said after the game," captain Luke Richardson said. "We'll start from scratch right now."

McGillis notched his first goal of the season on a wrister from the right dot 5:09 in.

Twenty-four hours after the Blue Jackets gave up five power-play goals in a 5-2 loss at Ottawa, the Bruins made it 2-0 on their first man-advantage chance. Murray's hard shot from the left dot beat Marc Denis high on the glove side for his fourth of the season.

Rolston made it 3-0 when he skated unimpeded over the blue line and then avoided Darryl Sydor who dived to block the shot. Denis blocked most of Rolston's shot but the puck still trickled into the net for Rolston's sixth of the year.

There were sarcastic cheers from a capacity crowd of 18,136 when Denis made a routine save soon after.

Denis then thwarted Murray on a cross-crease feed from Thornton, but Jillson's shot from a hard angle was redirected by Murray to make it 4-0.

"It's certainly nice to get the first goal," McGillis said. "They took some penalties and we capitalized on the power play. It was good to take a commanding lead and keep it."

Counting the first period, the Bruins outscored the Blue Jackets 19-2 over their previous seven periods.

"When you get up a few goals like that after 20 minutes of hockey, the challenge is to retain the focus," Sullivan said. "We learned that lesson the hard way this year already. We wanted to make sure we continued to do the things out there that brought us success in the first 20."

Columbus replaced Denis with Fred Brathwaite prior the second period.

Potvin was seldom tested. In the final minutes, he did stop Rick Nash on a backhander and again in the slot off a pass from David Vyborny.

The Bruins won the last two meetings between the teams 7-2 last season and 8-0 the year before.

Game notes


Columbus C Todd Marchant was scratched with the flu. ... Sullivan is 9-2-3-2 as Bruins head coach. ... The Blue Jackets put C Espen Knutsen (hip pointer) on the injured list.

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