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Win Over Tampa Bay Caps Road Trip

Sunday, 02.24.2008 / 3:27 AM / Features
By Angela Stefano  - BostonBruins.com
As seen on NESN – For only the second time in their five-game road trip, the Bruins secured a win in just 60 minutes of play with a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“Our special teams were extremely good tonight and again played a key role, and goaltending was solid,” head coach Claude Julien told NESN after the game.  “Besides the numerous turnovers that we did tonight that we haven’t seen in a long time, the rest of the effort and the win…was the most important thing I guess.”

Last night’s win earned the B’s nine of a possible 10 points total during their road trip and kept the team in sixth place in the standings.  It was their best February road trip since 1994.

Milan Lucic scored the first goal of the night, putting Boston back in the game after Tampa Bay scored the first goal of the game less than five minutes into the first.

“I’d changed for [Glen Murray], and I was just coming across the line,” Lucic said.  “[Phil Kessel] found me, and I had no other play but to put it on net, and I just put everything I had into it.”

Murray himself had two goals for the night, including one that went in with a little help from Paul Ranger, who kicked the puck into his team’s goal.

“Sometimes you get a lot of chances, and they don’t go in, and then one goes in like that,” Murray said.  “I’ll take it anyway.”

Lucic’s goal was his first of the road trip, just as it was for Mark Stuart, who put the Black & Gold up 3-2 at the end of the second.  He, however, wasn’t sure the puck was going to make it into the net.

“[Marco Sturm] gave it to me at the point, and I had some time to look up and find the net,” explained Stuart.  “I actually thought it was going to miss the net, but it was a lucky bounce.”

Adjusting the style of play to match their opponents, said Murray, helps the Bruins stay strong in games, including against the Lightning.

“We’re focusing on the teams we’re playing, like tonight trying to minimize our turnovers in the neutral zone because we know they love that,” he said.  “We’re just playing a solid game and getting wins somehow.”

It’s the little things that matter, added P.J. Axelsson, who secured the win for the team with the fifth goal of the night.

“We scored big power play goals, we killed penalties when we had to, and I think that’s key,” he said.  “We had some timely goals, and that helped us.”

While the B’s had a spectacular past week, they know they’re not off the hook yet.  Ottawa’s up next on Tuesday, and the team has to be ready to defend their playoff spot.

“It [was] a really good trip, these three games getting six points, and we just have to look ahead to starting back up on Tuesday,” said Muzz.

Axelsson was ready with a plan to keep the road-game winning streak going.

“Maybe we should take the bus to the games,” he said.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 80 19 50 39 69
P. Bergeron 80 30 32 38 62
J. Iginla 78 30 31 34 61
M. Lucic 80 24 35 30 59
B. Marchand 82 25 28 36 53
R. Smith 82 20 31 28 51
C. Soderberg 73 16 32 4 48
Z. Chara 77 17 23 25 40
T. Krug 79 14 26 18 40
L. Eriksson 61 10 27 14 37
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 36 15 6 .930 2.04
C. Johnson 17 4 3 .925 2.10
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