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Bruins tally twice in 64 seconds to beat Lightning

Nov 5, 2006 - 3:09 AM BOSTON (Ticker) -- Coming off a ugly meltdown, the Boston Bruins turned the tables on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Zdeno Chara scored with 47 seconds left in regulation and Glen Murray tallied just 17 ticks into overtime to give the Bruins an exciting 6-5 victory over the Lightning.

Boston held a 4-1 lead against Buffalo with 10 minutes remaining Thursday before imploding and suffering a 5-4 shootout loss. On October 26, the Bruins allowed a goal by Montreal with one second left in the third period of a 3-2 loss.

"In games before, we either lost a point or lost the game in the last couple of minutes," Chara said. "Finally, we saw the other side of the coin. We had some really good chances in the third, and second too, but those didn't go in. ... They did go in on my goal and then we got a big goal in overtime to get the two points."

This time the Bruins snatched victory out of defeat. As he was falling after being pushed from behind, Chara knocked in a shot by Marc Savard for a power-play goal to tie the game.

Tim Thomas, who replaced Hannu Toivonen in goal after the second period, stopped all seven shots he faced.

"I think (Toivonen is) just trying too hard," Boston coach Dave Lewis said. "We made the change because it was time to make the change. We responded to the change. We scored late and scored in overtime to get the win.

"I told the team we've got them right where we want them. I felt that way. It was important for them to understand there's still 20 minutes left. It wasn't pretty by any means but our guys found a way and that's what counts."

In the extra session, Chara carried the puck into the Lightning zone and fed fellow defenseman Paul Mara at the point. Mara sent a pass to Murray, who fired a wrist shot from just beyond the left faceoff circle past goaltender Marc Denis for his sixth goal.

After each team scored in the first period, the clubs combined for seven tallies in a wild middle session. P.J. Axelsson took a pass from Savard and beat Denis with a one-timer from the right circle to give the Bruins a 4-4 tie with 2:13 remaining in the period.

But Tampa Bay regained the lead when Toivonen allowed a simple shot from Dimitry Afanasenkov to hit him in the midsection, drop between his skates and trickle into the net. Afanasenkov had taken the puck from Wayne Primeau, who had a bad pass from Shean Donovan deflect off his skates.

"We just stuck to it all night," said Savard, who had two goals and two assists. "We had some bad breaks (in the second period) and stuff like that. We just hung in there. It just shows the character of this hockey team.

"A lot of guys could've kicked the can tonight and called it a game. We stuck with it. I'm really proud of the 20 guys on this hockey team tonight."

Denis looked like he would hold the lead, turning back a breakaway attempt by Mark Mowers, and weathering a power play and several shots from point-blank range. But the Bruins took advantage of Lightning defenseman Cory Sarich's double-minor for cross-checking to score their final two goals.

"It didn't really get away that quickly in the third," Blues right wing Martin St. Louis said. "It took 19 minutes to get away. We played a pretty solid period, I thought. But we got caught (with) penalties at the end.

"We were actually fortunate to get a point because they could've scored that (game-winning) goal before the end of regulation with those penalties."






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