BOSTON (AP) -- The NHL's two No. 1 teams brought out their No. 2
goalies, and put on a pretty good show anyway.
"It was almost like playoff hockey," Detroit forward Igor
Manny Legace, starting in place of Dominik Hasek for the first
time since Feb. 8, made 20 saves for Detroit, which lost for just
the second time in 11 games. With 102 points, the Red Wings are
first overall in the NHL.
Grahame made his first start since Feb. 28 to give Boston 84
points -- tied for first in the East with Philadelphia, which lost
2-1 to Colorado.
"I try not to be too surprised by anything," said Grahame, who
learned earlier in the week that he would start. "It proves that
we can play with any team in the NHL. We're one of the top teams in
the league as well."
Grahame made back-to-back stops from point-blank range with six minutes left to help preserve the win.
"He was definitely ready, and he came through," said Byron
Dafoe, Boston's top goalie, who added that he enjoyed watching the
game from the bench. "For me, it was a non-conference game and an
opportunity to get some rest. I'm sure that was (Detroit's) mindset
with Hasek as well."
The crowd of 17,565 included quite a few Red Wings fans, one of
whom threw a squid on the ice in the third period -- a long
tradition in Detroit but one not seen in Boston before.
Murray scored 56 seconds after Legace made a great glove save to
stop his one-timer from the slot. The next time, Murray wristed it
in from about the same spot to make it 2-1 with 2:31 left in the
Murray, who was originally drafted by the Bruins before going to
Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, scored 29 goals twice with the Kings,
in 1997-98 and '99-00. He came back to Boston on Oct. 24 with Jozef
Stumpel in trade for Jason Allison and Mikko Eloranta.
The game was scoreless until Rolston brought the puck over the
blue line and slapped it past Legace with 5:04 left in the first
period. Detroit tied it on a four-on-two, when Fedorov passed it to
Brendan Shanahan, who crossed it to Draper; he redirected it into
the net from just outside the crease.
Detroit has five defeats in its last 27 games. The Red Wings
are 16-3 vs. Eastern Conference teams. They had won eight of their
last nine road games. ... Bruins defenseman Chris Kelleher, played in his
first NHL game. He grew up in Belmont, Mass., before attending
Boston University. ... Bruins defenseman Jamie Rivers turned 27 on Saturday.
... The Bruins were outshot for just the 15th time this season.