BOSTON (AP) -- Boston defenseman Milan Jurcina could hardly be
blamed for being a little greedy.
Jurcina scored the first two goals of his NHL career and Patrice
Bergeron had the go-ahead goal to lead the Boston Bruins to a 6-3
victory over the Tampa Bay Lighting on Saturday.
With the Bruins trailing 3-1, Jurcina scored midway through the
second period. He tied the game 4:15 later when he beat goalie John
Grahame with a slap shot from the right point at 13:33.
"You start thinking on the bench, `I have to keep scoring. I
have more confidence," Jurcina said. "I said to the guys, `One
Jurcina was recalled from the Bruins AHL affiliate in Providence
for the third time this season on Dec. 2, and was back in action
after being scratched the past two games.
"He's getting better right in front of our eyes," Boston coach
Mike Sullivan said. "He can really shoot the puck as you saw
The timely scores by Jurcina overshadowed what might have been a
bad night for the Bruins after goalie Andrew Raycroft left the game
late in the third period.
"He tweaked his knee a little," Sullivan said. "I don't think
it's anything serious."
Raycroft thinks he'll be able to play the Bruins next game
Tuesday night, but he'll know more Sunday.
"Hopefully I'll wake up in the morning, there's no swelling,
and it fells good," he said. "I definitely don't want to miss
The Bruins are unbeaten in their last 21 home games against the
Lightning, going 16-0-5 since a loss on April 9, 1994. Boston is
17-1-6 overall at home against Tampa Bay.
Boston, which overcame a two-goal deficit with three
second-period scores, took ad 4-3 on Bergeron's goal. Marco Sturm
fired a shot from the left wing and Bergeron came charging in and,
while falling to the ice, slipped the rebound by Grahame.
P.J. Axelsson scored on a partial breakaway, making it 5-3 with
11:25 left in the third period. Grahame was pulled after the score,
and Patrick Leahy added an empty-net goal with 43 seconds to play.
The Lightning had taken a 3-1 lead on Vincent Lecavalier's 17th
goal of the season early in the second period.
"I thought at times we had full control of the game for a lot
of the game, and they just couldn't sustain it," Tampa Bay coach
John Tortorella said.
Jurcina fired a wrist shot inside the right post for his first
NHL goal 9:18 into the period.
Tampa Bay jumped ahead 1-0 on the game's opening shift when
Fredrik Modin fired a slap shot inside the right post at 39
Evgeny Artyukhin's goal made it 2-0 at 4:26. He finished off a
3-on-2 break just after a power play expired when he slipped a
wrist shot between Raycroft's pads. The Bruins sliced the score to
2-1 on Strum's goal at 17:15.
Boston center Alexei Zhamnov broke his left ankle along the
boards in the second period. ... Bruins goalie Hannu Toivonen, who
sprained his right ankle during Thursday's 4-2 win over Ottawa,
said he had an MRI taken Friday and that there was "no timetable"
for his return, but he feels optimistic it'll be quick. Sullivan
said after the game that it's more than day-to-day. ... The Bruins
recalled Jordan Sigalet from their AHL affiliate in Providence to
dress as the backup.
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Arena: TD Garden Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Dean Warren Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Pat Dapuzzo
Attendance: 17,565 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Fredrik Modin (18)
Assists: Nolan Pratt, Evgeny Artyukhin
Evgeny Artyukhin (2)
Assists: Martin Cibak, Vinny Prospal
Marco Sturm (13)
Assist: Patrice Bergeron
Vincent Lecavalier (17)
Assists: Vinny Prospal, Darryl Sydor
Milan Jurcina (1)
Assists: P.J. Axelsson, Brad Boyes
Milan Jurcina (2)
Assists: Alex Zhamnov, P.J. Axelsson
Patrice Bergeron (12)
Assists: Marco Sturm, Glen Murray
P.J. Axelsson (8)
Assist: Travis Green
Pat Leahy (4)
(Empty Net) Assists: Wayne Primeau, Brian Leetch