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Boston 3, Anaheim 2
When: 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, March 25, 2012
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Referees: Brad Watson, Rob Martell
Linesmen: Mark Wheler, Mike Cvik
Attendance: 17395

Benoit Pouliot and Brian Rolston recorded a goal and an assist apiece as Boston defeated Anaheim to increase its lead in the Northeast Division.

Captain Zdeno Chara also scored, Chris Kelly notched two assists and Marty Turco made 25 saves for his first win with the Bruins, who moved five points ahead of Ottawa with their fourth win in five games.

After a scoreless first period, Chara and Pouliot scored in an 85-second span early in the second to put Boston ahead.

Chara's bouncing wrist shot from the left point hit a defender's stick and sneaked between Jonas Hiller's pads at 4:34. Shortly thereafter, Pouliot beat Hiller to the stick side with a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle for his 100th career point.

Anaheim halved the deficit at 9:11 on Teemu Selanne's 248th career power-play goal, giving him sole possession of fourth place on the all-time list.

Rolston restored the two-goal advantage with a one-timer from the right circle with just under seven minutes left.

Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky scored late and Hiller stopped 22 shots for the Ducks, who had won three straight against Boston.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Hiller made his 69th start of the season, eclipsing the franchise record established in 1999-2000 by Guy Hebert. ... Rolston has collected 11 points during his six-game streak. ... Chara and Pouliot each have scored three goals in their last four games. ... Selanne, who had been tied with Luc Robitaille for fourth on the all-time list, is one power-play goal behind Phil Esposito for third place. ... The Bruins are 35-0-0 when leading by two goals at some point in the game.
Top Game Performances
Boston   Anaheim
Benoit Pouliot 2 Points Teemu Selanne 1
Benoit Pouliot 1 Goals Teemu Selanne 1
Chris Kelly 2 Assists Cam Fowler 1
N/A Power Play Goals Teemu Selanne 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Marty Turco .926 Save Percentage Jonas Hiller .880
Marty Turco 25 Saves Jonas Hiller 22
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Boston 25 3 0-2 2-3 6 39
Anaheim 27 2 1-3 2-2 4 28
Upcoming Games
  • Anaheim will play their next game at home against San Jose. The Ducks have a W/L % of .438 after a win and .409 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Bruins have a W/L % of .523 after a win and .677 after a loss.