Murray scored 1:21 into overtime and Andrew Raycroft tied the
mark for the most wins by a Boston rookie goaltender in 22 years,
lifting the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on
Boston was 0-2-1 in its previous three games. Murray also had
his troubles, going scoreless in three straight for just the
second time this season.
"We want to carry the team," Murray said of himself and
linemate Joe Thornton. "Maybe sometimes you're trying to do too
much. You're just not going to score every game. Plain and
The winning goal, though, simply came from a lucky bounce.
Murray got to an errant clearing pass that bounced off the side
boards. He turned and fired a wrist shot that went in off
goaltender Robert Esche for an unassisted goal.
Esche made 29 saves in his first start since Feb. 2 after he
missed 10 games because of a sprained left knee.
"Two weeks from now, he probably would have had the third
goal," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "For the first game back
after missing a month, he was fine."
Esche misplayed the Bruins' second goal before the Flyers tied
it midway into the third period.
"I got into some situations with my knee, and it felt good,"
Esche said. "There's no excuses."
Boston, in a three-way race with Ottawa and Toronto for first
place in the Northeast Division, is 9-1-3-3 in its last 16 games.
Raycroft stopped 26 shots and earned his 22nd win of the season,
matching Marco Baron's mark set during the 1981-82 season.
"We've got a lot of confidence right now," Raycroft said. "We
just want to get better every day."
Philadelphia, which leads the Atlantic, has dropped four of
seven games. The Flyers have 84 points, the most in the NHL.
"It's certainly a team that's been at the top of the league for
a long time," said Boston defenseman Dan McGillis, formerly of the
Flyers. "These are the games when you take the measuring stick out
Boston took a 2-1 lead 14 seconds into the third period when
Esche lost the rebound of McGillis' shot from the point and Donato
poked the puck in.
Philadelphia tied it at 2-all on Zhamnov's rising shot from between
the circles that beat Raycroft into the top right corner 8:45 into
the third period.
The Flyers jumped ahead 1-0 on Recchi's power-play goal 17:47
into the opening period. Three seconds after a two-man advantage
expired, Recchi one-timed Kim Johnsson's pass by Raycroft inside
the left post.
Boston tied at 1 when Hilbert scored on the rebound of Craig MacDonald's shot.
The teams entered tied for the fewest regulation losses in
the NHL -- along with Colorado -- with 15. ... Bruins LW Mike Knuble
needs three points for 200 in his career and three goals for 100.
... Troy Brown of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots was
in attendance. ... Murray was scoreless for five games in early
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Arena: TD Garden Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Referees: Dan Marouelli, Dean Warren Linesmen: Brian Murphy
Attendance: 17,565 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Mark Recchi (23)
(Power Play) Assists: Kim Johnsson, John LeClair
Andy Hilbert (2)
Assists: Craig MacDonald, Dan McGillis
Ted Donato (6)
Assists: Dan McGillis, Shaone Morrisonn
Alex Zhamnov (8)
Assists: Danny Markov, Tony Amonte