Struggling Boston dump Leafs

After losing six-straight games and being called a “terrible disappointment” by their owner, the Boston Bruins arrived in Toronto a desperate hockey team looking for something positive to happen.
Mission accomplished.
Glen Murray scored two power-play goals in the first period last night and the Bruins shut down a streaking Maple Leafs team to grind out a badly needed 5-1 victory.
“That’s the understatement of the century,” Bruins’ goalie Andrew Raycroft said when asked if there had been a sense of urgency around the team. “It hasn’t been too much fun.
“Not that one win makes it a country club around here, but it just kind of gets the monkey off our back.” Patrice Bergeron, Shawn McEachern, and Sergei Samsonov also had goals for Boston (8-10-5).
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.
Bruins’ owner Jeremy Jacobs had ripped his team to the Boston media earlier this week, saying they should be leading the Northeast Division and that they were disgracing the franchise’s proud tradition.
It didn’t go unnoticed in the dressing room.
“He’s upset for very good reasons,” Bruins’ forward Tom Fitzgerald said. “The feeling in here has been the exact same—we knew we had to pull together.
“Desperate hockey is where we’re at because winning isn’t easy.”
They made it look pretty easy last night.
The Bruins pounced early 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.
“We can’t take penalties early in the games if we’re not going to be able to kill them,” said Leafs’ forward Matt Stajan. “We shot ourselves in the foot tonight.”
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.
“That can do some damage to the other side,” Fitzgerald said of the early power-play goals. “It gave us some confidence and we just kept attacking.”
Elsewhere in the NHL yesterday, Edmonton topped Minnesota 4-3, Calgary edged San Jose 3-2, New Jersey beat Florida 5-1, Dallas downed Anaheim 3-1, Tampa Bay nipped Washington 4-3, Detroit dumped Colorado 7-3, Buffalo shaded the N.Y. Islanders 4-3, and Nashville doubled Columbus 4-2.

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