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game recap

Bruins 6, Avalanche 2

Saturday, 01.22.2011 / 5:53 PM

Associated Press

DENVER (AP) - The Boston Bruins took advantage of bounces and breakdowns to turn this game into a blowout.

Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand each scored twice, Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots and the Bruins scored two goals that went in off skates of Colorado defensemen in a 6-2 win over the Avalanche on Saturday.

That's the way the afternoon went for the Bruins, who won for the third time in four games.

"You saw what happens when you have a strong work ethic. The bounces go your way," Mark Recchi said.

The Bruins were in such an offensive rhythm that even their intended passes were deflecting into the net. John-Michael Liles had a puck go in off his left skate and Ryan O'Byrne had another carom in off his right skate.

And that's the way the day went for Colorado.

"We made some mistakes," Liles said. "That is too good of a lineup to make mistakes. That is a team with tremendous players."

The Bruins spread around the scoring wealth as eight different players picked up at least a point. Marchand led the charge with a career-high four points, while Patrice Bergeron and Recchi each added a goal and two assists for the Northeast Division leaders.

"A lot of good things came out of this game. We had great puck movement and we came at them with a lot of speed," said Lucic, who leads Boston with 19 goals. "We weren't trying to be too fancy. ... This was our best skating game in a while."

The skates simply got in the way for the Avalanche. Not only did two carom in, but defensive breakdowns led to two more in a pivotal second period that turned a tight game into a rout.

"The first five or six minutes we played great," Paul Stastny said. "After that we got beat twice on two-on-one breaks. You can't allow too many two-on-ones against a team like that and expect to win. Not against a team like Boston."

Before the game, Peter Forsberg skated on the Pepsi Center ice to help him decide whether he wants to make a comeback.

The former NHL MVP said he wants to return if his chronically injured right foot can handle the grind. The 37-year-old will skate with the Avs in practice next week before making a decision.

"It's definitely good to see him be back. He is going to play hockey again," Milan Hejduk said, sounding quite confident about Forsberg's return.

The Avs sure could've used the Swedish star's deft touch Saturday, especially since Tomas Fleischmann, one of the team's top scorers, is out for the season because of blood clots in his lungs.

Stastny and Kevin Shattenkirk scored for the Avalanche, who entered the game as the fourth-highest scoring team only to be held in check by Thomas.

"It was all about momentum," O'Byrne said. "I thought they had momentum."

Colorado pulled goaltender Craig Anderson before the start of the third period after he surrendered four goals on 28 shots. Peter Budaj stepped in and stopped 10 shots the rest of the way, allowing just the goal that was credited to Bergeron after it went in off of Liles' skate.

"You can't worry about that," Liles said. "You worry about what you can control."

The Avs took the early lead when Stastny scored the 100th goal of his career 2 minutes into the game. He became the eighth player in Avalanche history to reach the century mark.

The Bruins got a lucky bounce to tie it up midway through the opening period when Recchi's centering pass deflected off O'Byrne's skate and past Anderson. Marchand, who was jostling with O'Byrne in front of the net, was credited with the goal.

Lucic put Boston up for good moments later when he swatted in a loose puck on a power play.

"We did a good job of holding our own and winning battles along the boards," Lucic said. "Everything good happened after that."

Forsberg spent nearly 45 minutes working out on the ice in the morning with Ryan O'Reilly, who is out with a shoulder injury.

Afterward, Forsberg said the foot that's required double-digit surgeries "definitely feels better."

"He's a great guy, great player and definitely seemed healthy," Hejduk said. "He's definitely going to help us."

Notes: Colorado's streak of nine straight wins over Northeast Division opponents was snapped. ... Bruins F Marc Savard was shaken up on a check into the boards early in the second period and didn't return. He stayed down on the ice for a few minutes before being helped to the dressing room holding a towel to his head. He was hit by former teammate Matt Hunwick early in the second period. The Bruins didn't disclose the extent of the injury. ... Bruins F David Krejci had two assists.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:00
COL
Paul Stastny (17) Deflected shot - ASST: Kevin Shattenkirk (18), Chris Stewart (16)
1 - 0 COL
09:20
BOS
Brad Marchand (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Recchi (21), Patrice Bergeron (22)
1 - 1 Tie
12:00
BOS
PPG - Milan Lucic (18) Backhand shot - ASST: David Krejci (24), Mark Recchi (22)
2 - 1 BOS
2nd Period
14:44
BOS
Mark Recchi (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Marchand (11)
3 - 1 BOS
19:04
BOS
Milan Lucic (19) Wrist shot - ASST: David Krejci (25), Patrice Bergeron (23)
4 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
01:41
COL
Kevin Shattenkirk (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (26)
4 - 2 BOS
09:56
BOS
Patrice Bergeron (16) Backhand shot - ASST: Brad Marchand (12), Johnny Boychuk (8)
5 - 2 BOS
18:25
BOS
SHG - EN - Brad Marchand (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Gregory Campbell (11), Andrew Ference (6)
6 - 2 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
02:57
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Gregory Campbell
02:57
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
11:40
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:51
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Interference against  Gregory Campbell
2nd Period
05:26
BOS
David Krejci  Cross checking against  Adam Foote
05:26
COL
Adam Foote  Cross checking against  David Krejci
10:27
COL
Chris Stewart  Boarding against  Zdeno Chara
15:12
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Tripping against  David Jones
3rd Period
02:30
BOS
Michael Ryder  Hooking against  Cody McLeod
17:08
BOS
Dennis Seidenberg  Hi stick - double minor against  Ryan Stoa
17:08
COL
David Koci  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
23-4-6
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .941SH: 1 - 1
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 11TOI: 18:35
Saves: 10EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
13-11-3
SA: 28TOI: 40:00
Saves: 24EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0