BOSTON (AP) -- A trip home was all the Bruins needed to get back
Glen Murray scored two goals and Boston snapped a three-game
losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday
It took the Bruins more than two weeks to play a home game but only 18 seconds to score once they got to the TD Banknorth Garden. Brad Boyes' goal was the fastest in a team's opening home game of the season since 1998, when Geoff Sanderson scored at 0:11 of the Sabres' home opener. Sanderson's was the fastest such goal in NHL history.
"The difference between how we played on the road and how we
played tonight is that we weren't scrambling as much," forward
Brad Boyes said. "Tonight we were all on the same page."
The Bruins started the season with five straight road games and
were the last NHL team to play a home game.
"It was nice to have our own fans behind us," captain Zdeno
Chara said. "We know we can play the way we did tonight and we had
to prove it to ourselves."
Boston also stopped a three-game losing streak in home openers.
Alex Tanguay cut the Bruins' lead to 3-2 with 9:36 left, but
Calgary failed on three power-play opportunities including one late
in the third period. They are now 3-for-44 on the season.
"On the road we broke, but tonight we bent but did not break,"
Bruins coach Dave Lewis said.
Flames forward Stephane Yelle suffered a lower body injury and
was taken off on a stretcher with 1:12 remaining in the second
period after awkwardly falling and being pushed into the boards by
Bruins defenseman Jason York.
"You really don't know what to think when something like that
happens," Flames forward Jeff Friesen said. "We obviously had a
letdown and they scored right after and that's not the way you want
to handle it."
Murray scored his final goal from the left faceoff circle while
falling to the ice. The power-play tally helped the Bruins regain a
two-goal lead at 3-1 with 36 seconds left in the second period.
"The way we started the game put us in a big hole," Flames
coach Jim Playfair said. "It's about preparation and it has got to
Hannu Toivonen made 26 saves for Boston, including several
point-blank chances in the closing minutes.
Boyes gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 18 seconds into the game when
he converted a pass from Marc Savard and roofed the puck over
Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
Murray made it 2-0 when he wristed a shot past Kiprusoff from
the slot at 8:49 of the first.
Daymond Langkow cut the Bruins' lead in half when he beat
Toivonen inside the left post at the 16:59 mark of the second
Kiprusoff made 27 saves and has dropped three straight games,
allowing 13 goals for Calgary.
Murray leads the Bruins with four goals and has two of his five
career hat tricks against Calgary.
Boston will play its first of four straight division games
on Saturday against Buffalo. ... Marco Sturm missed the game for
Boston after being hit with a Brad Stuart shot yesterday in
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Arena: TD Garden Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Referees: Stephane Auger, Wes McCauley Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 17,565 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Brad Boyes (2)
Assists: Marc Savard, Andrew Alberts
Glen Murray (3)
Assists: Patrice Bergeron, Jason York
Daymond Langkow (2)
Assists: Jarome Iginla, Andrei Zyuzin
Glen Murray (4)
(Power Play) Assists: Paul Mara, Marc Savard
Alex Tanguay (2)
Assists: Chuck Kobasew, Dion Phaneuf