Younger Bourque Leads B’s
Boston Bruins left winger Chris Bourque (48) celebrates his goal as Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer (34) reacts during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
Toronto — Chris Bourque scored his first goal with the Bruins and Boston held on to edge the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 last night.
The Bruins threatened throughout the tightly played game, but James Reimer stopped 33 shots from all angles as Boston came at him in waves.
The Bruins (6-1-1) limited the Leafs to 21 shots and killed off two penalties in the last nine minutes to hang on to beat Toronto (4-4).
This was the first meeting between the teams this season. Boston won all six matchups last season, outscoring the Maple Leafs 36-10. The one-sided series included 7-0 and 8-0 margins.
Boston is 24-5-5 in its last 34 games against Toronto and 13-2-3 in its past 18 visits to Toronto.
Tuukka Rask, acquired from Toronto for Andrew Raycroft in 2006, earned the win.
Phil Kessel came into the game in search of his first goal — and 100th with Toronto — despite leading the Maple Leafs with 33 shots in the seven previous games. He has four assists.
Kessel’s first drive came midway through the second period and glanced off the crossbar.
There was early nostalgia as Bourque — son of Bruins icon Ray — scored for Boston.
The 5-foot-8 Bourque crashed the net to stuff in a nifty angled pass from behind the net from Chris Kelly at 8:54. Bourque’s only other NHL goal was scored in December 2008 when he played for the Washington Capitals.
The Bourques are the fifth father-son combination to play for the Bruins. Chris led the AHL in scoring in 2011-12 with 92 points for Hershey. Brother Ryan is currently playing for the Rangers’ AHL farm team in Connecticut.
Since 2007-08, Chris Bourque has played 13 games for the Capitals, 20 for Pittsburgh, and seven for Boston.
A Toronto goal was called off at 11:32 for goalie interference. Rask seemed to come out of his crease and run into Nazem Kadri as he tried to stop Cody Franson’s shot from the point. Toronto coach Randy Carlyle was incensed by the call after watching the replay on the big screen.
Boston won 17 of 21 faceoffs in the first period.
The Bruins had a goal disallowed at 6:30 of the second when the puck appeared to deflect off Seguin’s skate past a prone Reimer. The NHL said the referee was in the process of calling the play dead before the puck went in, because of incidental contact between Boston’s Brad Marchand and Reimer.
Marchand ended up crashing into the end boards on the play and went to the dressing room. He didn’t finish the game.
Reimer was sharp in the second, when Boston outshot Toronto 12-6. Rask was also up to the task, stopping Kessel from close range with five minutes remaining.
The Bruins, killing off a slashing penalty to Seguin, hit the post with the Maple Leafs net empty with a minute remaining.
The Bruins were coming off their first regulation loss of the season, a 7-4 defeat against Buffalo on Thursday. They had given up only 12 goals in their previous six games.
Toronto had won two straight.
Notes: Miami Heat star LeBron Jones, who was in attendance, tweeted: “At my first hockey game. Pretty Damn cool.” James will be back in the arena today to play the Raptors. ... This was Boston’s third away game in eight contests. They will wrap up their two-game trip to Canada on Wednesday at Montreal. Jamie Tardif, called up from the Providence Bruins, made his NHL debut at 28 in his seventh pro season. Tardif, who has played 449 games in the ECHL and AHL since turning pro in 2006-07, led the Bruins out for warmups.
Penguins 5, Devils 1
Pittsburgh — Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and two assists, and the Penguins picked up their first home victory of the season.
Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo scored his first NHL goal, Brandon Sutter got his first with Pittsburgh and Kris Letang also found the back of the net for the Penguins, who handed the Devils their first loss in regulation this season.
Canadiens 6, Sabres 1
Montreal — Rene Bourque and David Desharnais each scored twice to lead Montreal to a win over Buffalo.
Carey Price made 30 saves for the Canadiens for his fifth win of the season. Lars Eller added a goal and two assists, while rookie Brendan Gallagher also scored.
Ryan Miller stopped 17 shots over two periods for Buffalo before being replaced in the third by backup Jhonas Enroth.
Thomas Vanek broke Price’s shutout bid with a short-handed goal at 3:01 of the third period.
Avalanche 3, Oilers 1
Denver — P.A. Parenteau and Jamie McGinn scored goals 3 minutes, 29 seconds apart in the second period to help Colorado rally past Edmonton.
Paul Stastny also scored and Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves for Colorado, which remained unbeaten in three home games. Matt Duchene and McGinn added assists.
Flyers 5, Hurricanes 3
Philadelphia — Claude Giroux and Danny Briere each had a goal and an assist to help Philadelphia beat Carolina.
Kurtis Foster, Brayden Coburn and Mike Knuble also scored for the Flyers, who won for just the third time in nine games.
Joni Pitkanen, Eric Staal and Patrick Dwyer had Carolina’s goals.
Rangers 3, Lightning 2
Tampa, Fla. — Rick Nash scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and New York beat Tampa Bay.
The Rangers took a 2-1 lead on Nash’s second goal of the season, coming at 3:04 of the third period. He skated in from the right wing boards, eluded Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman and jammed the puck past goalie Mathieu Garon.
Blue Jackets 4, Red Wings 2
Columbus, Ohio — Artem Anisimov scored twice in the second period, and Steve Mason stopped 32 shots to lead Columbus past Detroit.
Mark Letestu added a short-handed goal, and James Wisniewski also scored for the Blue Jackets before leaving with an injury after he struck the end boards with his back early in the second period. Fedor Tyutin had two assists.
Mason, who earned his first win of the season, overcame an early goal by Johan Franzen. Damien Brunner added his fourth goal in the final seconds.
Anisimov was acquired last July in the blockbuster deal that sent captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers.
The Blue Jackets also sent a minor-league defenseman and a conditional third-round pick to the Rangers for Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a first-round pick.