ANAHEIM, CA The Bruins wanted to finish their Pacific road trip on a positive note, and they managed to do that with a little help from their stripe-shirted friends.
The Ducks appeared to have the game-tying goal in the third period on a Matt Beleskey wrist shot through an Andrew Cogliano screen after the Anaheim forward had camped himself in the crease. But the referees ruled that Cogliano illegally blocked goaltender Marty Turco, and the goal was waved off much to the chagrin of an irate Bruce Boudreau on the Anaheim bench.
With the call behind them the Bruins hung on for the 3-2 victory over the Ducks at the Honda Center, and Turco earned his first victory as a member of the Bruins. The victory gave them a perfect weekend of hockey against the Kings and Ducks on the West Coast, and sends them back to Boston with four out of a possible six points against the California teams.
The Bruins had opened up an early second period lead when Zdeno Chara notched his 12th goal of the season off a Francois Beauchemin turnover. Charas shot skidded off Sheldon Brookbanks stick en route to the back of the net to elude Jonas Hiller.
Benoit Pouliot made it a two-goal lead when he teamed with Chris Kelly to fire a sizzling wrist shot to Hillers blocker side in another score for the Bs red-hot third line.
Teemu Selanne got one back with a power play goal midway through the second period, and the Ducks appeared to tie the game before the refs overturned things with their in the crease call.
Brian Rolston added a one-timer for his seventh goal of the season in the third period that closed things up as the insurance marker turned game-winner for the Bruins. Best of all Turco turned his game around and looked solid with 25 saves in his first career victory with the Bruins.