Bruins Snap Leafs' Streak
November 23, 2005
TORONTO (CP) -- Glen Murray scored two power-play goals in the first period on Wednesday night to lift the Boston Bruins to a badly needed 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Patrice Bergeron, Shawn McEachern and Sergei Samsonov also had goals for Boston (8-10-5), which had lost six straight games.
Darcy Tucker replied for the Leafs (12-8-2), who woke up in the third period but couldn't overcome a forgettable first 40 minutes.
The Bruins were a team surrounded by controversy when they arrived in Toronto, with rumours swirling that coach Mike Sullivan's job was in jeopardy after owner Jeremy Jacobs called the team a "terrible disappointment.''
Those harsh words must have provided some motivation as Boston pounced on the Leafs, who were riding a four-game winning streak and coming off three days rest.
Toronto had shown discipline during recent victories, but early penalties by Chad Kilger and Alexander Khavanov led to Murray's goals and allowed Boston to get its legs.
With Kilger in the box for hooking, Murray opened the scoring 3:03 into the first period. The big winger planted himself just outside Ed Belfour's crease and shovelled the puck in after it landed at his feet and no Toronto defender could clear it.
Just over five minutes later, Murray made it 2-0 when he one-timed an Alex Zhamnov pass by a screened Belfour. Khavanov was sitting in the penalty box after being whistled for a hooking infraction.
Toronto started the second period with some offensive flow, but that was quickly undone when Belfour gave Boston its third goal.
The veteran Leafs goalie left his net to intercept a harmless looking dump-in, only to see his attempted pass roll to Bruins forward Travis Green. Before Belfour could scramble back to his goal, Bergeron had scored.
He might still have been thinking about that one when McEachern made it 4-0 just two minutes later with a shot off the rush that Belfour could have stopped.
Most of the 19,403 in attendance were probably wishing they had stayed at home with the listless Leafs trailing 33-12 on the shots counter through 40 minutes. The crowd let out a loud chorus of boos as the home team went to its dressing room for the second intermission.
Tucker got the Leafs on the board early in the third period when he took a nifty pass from Matt Stajan and beat Andrew Raycroft with a wrist shot at 2:39.
But the late effort was clearly too little too late, especially after Samsonov chipped the puck over Belfour at 11:57 to make it 5-1.
The game was just what Boston was looking for and exactly what the Maple Leafs didn't need heading into their busiest stretch of the season.
Toronto will play five times in seven days starting with Friday night's game in Carolina.
Notes: Leafs forward Eric Lindros skated in his 700th career NHL game. The big centre, who has suffered eight concussions, has been eligible for 894 regular-season games ... The NHL's all-time goalie wins list reads: Patrick Roy 550, Terry Sawchuk 447, Belfour 445 ... Wade Belak, Mariusz Czerkawski and Clarke Wilm were healthy scratches for Toronto ... Brian Leetch (knee), Ian Moran (knee) Patrick Leahy (finger), Kevin Dahlman (healthy) and Colton Orr (healthy) didn't play for the Bruins.