BOSTON (AP) -- With how things started for the Boston Bruins,
they were happy to skate off with a point.
"It was just an unfortunate mishap," Boston coach Mike
Sullivan said. "He caught a rut, but it was real encouraging the
way he responded. For a young guy, he didn't get rattled and came
back to make some big saves."
Murray gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead with a breakaway goal 6:45
into the second period. He stole a pass near center ice, skated in
and flipped a backhander past goaltender Patrick Lalime into the
far top corner of the net.
Lalime made 21 saves in his return from a bout with the flu that
forced him to miss the previous four contests. Martin Prusek was
scheduled to start his fifth straight game, but he injured his back
in pregame warmups.
"You never know what's going to happen," Lalime said. "He
helped me out last week, and I had to do the same for him."
The Senators tied it at 1 with 3:39 remaining in the second when
defenseman Wade Redden put a rebound past Raycroft for his seventh
goal of the season.
The Bruins are 0-2-3 in their last five home games and are
winless against Ottawa in four. Boston hasn't beaten the Senators
since Nov. 9, 2002 and is 0-4-8 in overtime against Ottawa.
"We need to come out harder," Boston forward Brian Rolston
said. "Raycroft was awesome tonight and that was the key. We've
just got to come out with a better effort."
Ottawa, which failed to beat the Bruins in its first 22 games,
is 13-4-4 in 21 games against them since the start of the 1999-2000
"We played fairly well," Senators defenseman Brian Pothier
said. "We're just making those one or two mistakes a game that are
costing us. That's been the story for us the last little stretch.
We really need to buckle down, eliminate those couple mistakes, and
we'll be a lot better off."
The Bruins, 1-3-3-1 in the past eight games, tied it early in
the second period on Dan McGillis' shot from just inside the blue
line that appeared to deflect off the stick of an Ottawa
Raycroft stopped 28 shots and has allowed two goals or fewer in
10 of his 15 starts.
Boston forward Michal Grosek missed his second straight
game with a shoulder injury and is out indefinitely. ... Varada's
goal was his first in 10 games. ... Prusek earned three wins during
Lalime's absence. ... Boston forward Sandy McCarthy strained his
groin and didn't return. ... The crowd of 10,662 was Boston's
smallest at home this season.