Final

Series (Game 1 of 5)

Boston leads 3-2

Game 1: Monday, October 21st
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Game 2: Tuesday, November 19th
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Game 3: Tuesday, January 7th
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Game 4: Saturday, January 11th
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Game 5: Monday, March 24th
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Bruins 4

(4-1-0, 9 pts)

Maple Leafs 1

(2-4-0, 5 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 21, 2002

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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J. Stumpel (Bruins - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

S. Shields (Bruins - G): Saves: 33, Save Pct.: .971

G. Murray (Bruins - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Stumpel has a goal and two assists in Bruins' win

TORONTO (AP) -- The Boston Bruins wouldn't mind if they kept playing on the road.

Jozef Stumpel
Stumpel

Jozef Stumpel had a goal and two assists as the Bruins completed an impressive six-game road trip with a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

Glen Murray, Hal Gill and Ivan Huml also scored for the Bruins, who went 4-1-1 on their season-opening trip.

"I don't know if the guys want to go home. We are playing pretty well,'' said goalie Steve Shields, who made 33 saves. "The first game at home is going to be really tough after a long road trip.''

The Bruins, who play their first home game Thursday against Ottawa, are unbeaten since losing 5-1 to the Minnesota Wild in the season opener.

They won despite missing injured wingers Sergei Samsonov (wrist) and Martin Lapointe (broken left foot), and top defenseman Kyle McLaren, a restricted free agent who is sitting out after demanding a trade.

Murray said the Bruins are eager to prove their critics wrong.

"Starting on the road was great,'' Murray said. "A lot of people are saying we won't even make the playoffs. I think we took that to heart. We wanted to have a great start. We're missing a couple of guys that we had last year. We wanted to prove to everybody around the league that we are for real.''

Ed Belfour allowed four goals on 26 shots for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four of their last six games.

The Maple Leafs, down 4-1 in the second period, were booed off the ice after the second and third periods.

"I thought they were cheering me on. I appreciate the support,'' said Belfour, who allowed a goal on the first shot.

Stumpel fired a wrist shot past Belfour at 1:06 of the first, giving Boston a 1-0 lead.

"We are on the last game of a long road trip and that got us going, and I think that deflated them,'' Murray said.

Mats Sundin tied it at 1 on a 5-on-3 advantage at 7:45 of the first, but the Bruins scored three goals in the second period.

After Murray converted Marty McInnis' rebound at 13:36 of the second for his fourth goal of the season, Gill scored just 17 seconds later with a shot from the point.

Huml scored from the side of the net, giving Boston 4-1 lead at 19:47 of the second.

Game notes


The Bruins have scored 19 goals in their last five games. ... The Bruins will pay tribute to Terry O'Reilly at their home opener. ... Belfour played in his second straight game after missing four with an infected thumb.

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