TORONTO (AP) -- The Boston Bruins wouldn't mind if they kept
playing on the road.
"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
The Bruins, who play their first home game Thursday against
Ottawa, are unbeaten since losing 5-1 to the Minnesota Wild in the
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
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.
The Bruins have scored 19 goals in their last five games.
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missing four with an infected thumb.