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Ducks winless in five games

10/20/2003

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Boston Bruins' quick trip through
Southern California was a success thanks to a few late goals.

Sergei Samsonov scored with 52 seconds left in overtime after
Mike Knuble tied it late in the third period with his second goal
of the game as the Bruins capitalized on four turnovers to beat the
Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-3 Sunday night for their third straight
victory.

"We've got a lot of character in the room and we really battled
back," Samsonov said following the fifth game of Boston's six-game
road swing. "We have a tough road trip, and it's important to get
points whenever we can."

Knuble, who got the winner with 1:48 left in the third period of
Saturday night's 4-3 victory at Los Angeles, beat Jean-Sebastien
Giguere to the stick side with a 20-foot wrist shot from the slot
with 4:25 left in regulation after a giveaway by Anaheim captain
Steve Rucchin in the Boston zone. The power-play goal came after a
hooking penalty against defenseman Niclas Havelid.

"Two nights in a row we've come back. It feels pretty good to
get these wins," Boston goaltender Andrew Raycroft said. "Knuble
has a great shot, and Samsonov can stickhandle in a telephone
booth. Those guys can get it done."

Another Anaheim turnover resulted in Samsonov's goal. Boston
defenseman Jeff Jillson intercepted Vaclav Prospal's attempted
clearing pass and got the puck to Samsonov, who broke for the net
and flipped the puck over Giguere's glove.

"Jeff made a great play to get me the puck and I just took it
to the front of the net," Samsonov said. "I was pretty wide-open.
I'm sure their coach won't be too happy about that."

Brian Rolston also scored for Boston, and Nick Boynton had two
assists in the Bruins' only meeting this season with the Ducks.

Rucchin scored twice on power plays, Prospal had a goal and an
assist and Sergei Fedorov had two assists. But it wasn't enough for
the Ducks, who lost their first five games -- 0-4-0-1 in the
standings -- in the franchise's 11-year history after coming within
a game of winning the Stanley Cup last season.

"At times, you might try to press a bit when things aren't
going well. But we definitely have to get that out of our heads
right now, because we're not going to turn things around unless we
stick with our game plan," Rucchin said.

After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for five
goals in a span of 8{ minutes in the second. Prospal snapped a
1-all tie at the 4:24 mark, completing a give-and-go with Fedorov
and beating Raycroft with a 20-footer to the stick side -- just 15
seconds after Rolston converted another turnover deep in the
Anaheim end into the tying goal.

"The reality is, they scored four times on turnovers," coach
Mike Babcock said. "The first one we gave it to them, the second
one was at the end of a shift against their third line. We turned
it over again at the end of a shift and gave them a breakaway.

"You can't turn the puck over like that. I don't care if they
beat you, but when you beat yourself, that's a terribly
unacceptable thing."

The Ducks, coming off consecutive shutout losses at home against
Phoenix and Ottawa, opened the scoring with one second left on an
unsportsmanlike conduct penalty assessed to Boston captain Joe
Thornton at the end of the first period. Rucchin got the puck from
rookie Joffrey Lupul in the right circle and one-timed it past
Raycroft's glove, ending Anaheim's scoreless drought at 161
minutes, 18 seconds.

Rucchin made it 3-1 at 8:34 of the period -- just 10 seconds
after Knuble was sent off for tripping. Knuble got the goal back
about two minutes later, breaking past the Anaheim defense and
beating Giguere to the stick side from close range.

Game notes
Boston has allowed 11 power play goals in 36 short-handed
situations. The Ducks were 1-for-16 on the power play over their
first four games. ... This was the fifth time the Bruins have
played the Ducks and Kings in consecutive road games, and the
second time they swept both. They also did it in October 1997. ...
The Ducks are 55-80-20 against the NHL's original six teams. The
Bruins are 112-71-29 against the nine post-1990 expansion clubs.