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Bruins 6, Avalanche 2

Saturday, 01.22.2011 / 3:53 PM

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Bruins 6, Avalanche 2
Boston Bruins 6, Colorado Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) - Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand each scored twice, Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots and the Boston Bruins took advantage of two goals going in off skates of Colorado defensemen in a 6-2 win over the Avalanche on Saturday.

Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron added goals as the Northeast Division leaders won for the third time in four games. David Krejci, Bergeron and Marchand each contributed two assists as well.

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

Peter Forsberg skated on Pepsi Center ice before the game as he contemplates 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 on his future.

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 John-Michael Liles' skate.

Earlier in the game, a goal credited to Marchand caromed off the right skate of Ryan O'Byrne.

The Bruins broke open a tight game with two goals in the second period as Recchi and Lucic scored on defensive breakdowns by Colorado.

Lucic's two goals give him a team-leading 19 this season.

Bruins center Marc Savard was hurt 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 on the play.

The Bruins didn't reveal the extent of the injury.

The Avs took the early lead when Stastny scored the 100th goal of his career exactly two 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 the skate of O'Byrne and past Anderson.

Lucic put Boston up for good moments later as he swatted a loose puck into the net on a power play.

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

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

The Avs certainly could use him with forward Tomas Fleischmann out for the season due to blood clots in both lungs. Fleischmann is one of the team's top scorers.

To fill that void, the team recalled T.J. Galiardi from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League. Galiardi had been sent down to the minors, but was summoned to return after skating in one AHL game.

NOTES: The Avs wore their white road sweaters to allow the Bruins to don their third jerseys. ... This was Boston's first visit to the Mile High City since a 5-4 win on Oct. 9, 2008. ... Colorado's streak of nine straight wins over Northeast Division opponents was snapped. ... Colorado picked up Hunwick in a deal with Boston on Nov. 29, giving up defenseman Colby Cohen.

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
SA: 11TOI: 18:35
Saves: 10EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
SA: 28TOI: 40:00
Saves: 24EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
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