Boston 3, Washington 1


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins' struggling offense got some
help from an unlikely source.

Hal Gill scored his first goal in nearly 11 months, and Felix
Potvin made 28 saves for his first win in seven weeks to lead the
Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory Monday night over the Washington

The Bruins broke out after scoring just seven goals in an 0-4-2

Gill, a 6-foot-7, 255-pound defenseman, last scored Feb. 4
against Colorado but his first-period goal ended a 60-game drought
and tied the game.

Joe Thornton won a faceoff back to Gill near the left point.
Gill saw the traffic in front of goalie Olaf Kolzig and decided to
take a shot.

"When you've got 700 pounds going to the net, sometimes you can
loft it and no one's going to see it coming," Gill said.

Boston coach Mike Sullivan said Gill's goal was a turning point
that gave the Bruins some much-needed momentum.

"It was huge," Sullivan said. "One of the things we tried to
do was put more pucks to the net. I think that goal was indicative
of the type of goal we've been trying to get."

The Bruins had won once in 12 games (1-6-5), and Sullivan hoped
they took a positive step with the victory.

"It's not like we snap our fingers and we're out of this,"
Sullivan said. "I think we really made strides in the right

The Capitals have lost two straight, failing twice to earn the
franchise's 1,000th victory.

Potvin made several tough saves in earning his first win since
Nov. 14. He was pulled after giving up three goals in seven minutes
when Washington beat Colorado 6-5 on Dec. 11.

But Potvin fared much better in this game. He blanked the
Capitals after Jeff Halpern's first-period goal gave Washington the
early lead.

"We just need to get confident, get something going and get
lucky," Washington forward Peter Bondra said. "We are working
hard and winning battles, but things are just not happening

Halpern scored on the rebound of Jaromir Jagr's redirected shot
in front of Potvin with 7:46 left in the first period.

Gill scored with 4:29 left in the first, flicking a wrist shot
through traffic and past the screened Kolzig.

Ted Donato gave the Bruins a 2-1 advantage by scoring a
short-handed goal with 54.9 seconds left in the period. Travis
Green's crossing pass at the end of the two-on-one rush set up the

Patrice Bergeron added an insurance goal for Boston in the third

Game notes
Washington fell to 2-8-2 against Northeast Division teams.
... Capitals C Robert Lang hasn't recorded a point in three games,
his longest stretch of the season without one. ... Shaone
Morrisonn's assist on Bergeron's goal was his first NHL point.