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Bruins’ Bourque scores first NHL goal since December, 2008

Feb 2, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

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It was over four years in the making, but Chris Bourque has finally scored his second career National Hockey League goal.

The stage he did so on wasn’t bad either.

Bourque scored the lone goal in the Bruins 1-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre Saturday.

The 27-year-old Bourque, the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque, last scored in the NHL on Dec. 30, 2008, when he was a member of the Washington Capitals.

To keep some perspective on the elongated scoring slump, it’s worth noting Bourque spent the 2010-11 season in Europe and last season in the American Hockey League.

His goal against the Leafs comes two days after he was a healthy scratch against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Bruins played most of the game without feisty forward Brad Marchand, who left in the second period and did not return with an undisclosed injury, according to

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 3, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    How nice for the Bourque family. I was a fan of his dad’s. But it wasn’t really the only goal scored in the game, just the only one that wasn’t disallowed. Sadly for Leafs fans, their team’s goal was disallowed because of incidental contact between a Leaf and the Bruins goalie outside the crease, arguably a bogus call.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      That was brutal but goalies always seem to get the benefit of the doubt. I’m also a big believer in calls evening themselves out over the course of a season, though as the commenter below noted this one was evened out a few minutes later.

      At least Reimer is showing he can be a #1 goalie in this league. He’s been nothing but solid so far this year, even outstanding at times. Good news for us Leafs fans.

  2. ishippineapples - Feb 3, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Apparently you stopped watching the game after that bogus call because it was repeated on the other side of the ice against the Bruins. If you would like to remove the instances of Incidental Contact – The Leafs still lost. It would have been by more than 1 if Reimer hadn’t been as good as he was when he needed to be.

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Feb 3, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    I bet Ray was a proud daddy. I like how chris plays.

  4. ironmike778 - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Both waived off goals were ridiculous. Such horrible calls. I’m all for protecting the goalies but give me a break with this stuff!!

  5. htdave - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Both goals should have counted for sure. Let’s blame this one on Ryan Miller.

  6. letsgopens8771 - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Too bad he didn’t pan out in Pittsburgh. There was so much hype surrounding him and expectations for him to do well.

    • nunan - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Was there? I don’t really know much about him other than what he’s done with the Bs this year. I read somewhere he led the AHL in scoring last year, which sounds great. I think he is a perfect fit for that third line winger role. It’s been a new player the past three years so hopefully he sticks.

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