Sunday, March 25, 2012
Rapid reaction: Bruins 3, Ducks 2
By James Murphy
ANAHEIM, Calif -- The Bruins won their second straight game Sunday, beating the Ducks, 3-2, at the Honda Center to conclude their three-game road trip through California at 2-1-0.
Zdeno Chara, Benoit Pouliot and Brian Rolston scored for the Bruins while goaltender Marty Turco earned his first win as a Bruin with a 25-save performance.
Peverley returns -- Rich Peverley returned to the Bruins' lineup after missing 19 games with a severe MCL sprain in his right knee. Peverley skated on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and had no points and two shots in 16:44 of ice time. He had his best scoring chance early in the game when he took a feed from Bergeron right in the slot but Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller made a brilliant glove save.
Pouliot–Kelly–Rolston line stays hot -- Benoit Pouliot scored the Bruins’ second goal at 5:59 of the second period with his linemates Brian Rolston and Chris Kelly assisting, and then Rolston scored at 13:06 of the third period with Pouliot and Kelly assisting. This trio is simply on fire right now. Pouliot now has three goals and five assists in his last six games; Kelly has three goals and five assists in his last five games; and Rolston has three goals and eight assists in his last six games.
Turco wins first game as a Bruin -- Donning his new bright-yellow pads, Marty Turco made his second start as a Boston Bruin and looked much better than he did when he allowed three early goals in his first start at Tampa Bay and was pulled in a 6-1 loss. Turco seemed to be on the same page with his defensemen and more comfortable, making 25 saves.
Chara looking like Chara again -- Zdeno Chara is starting to look more and more like the perennial Norris Trophy candidate we know and love. On Sunday he scored his third goal in four games. Chara, who played in his 1,000th game Saturday at Los Angeles, struggled through the month of February and the first half of March (along with the rest of the team), making costly turnovers and looking fatigued. But he appears to be himself again.
Bruins catch a break? The Ducks appeared to tie the game 7:22 into the final frame when Ducks forward Matt Beleskey beat Marty Turco through a screen, but the referees ruled that Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano was in the crease before the puck reached the net and that Cogliano interfered with Turco. But there was no penalty on the play and Cogliano never made contact with Turco, so it was a borderline call.
Paille scratched as forward lines change with Peverley back -- With Peverley back in the lineup, Julien had to scratch a forward and the odd man out Sunday was Daniel Paille. In his spot on the line with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell was Jordan Caron.
Here’s what the lineup looked like Sunday:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Brian Rolston(
Jordan Caron -Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg(
Greg Zanon-Andrew McQuaid(
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk