Bruins 4, Red Wings 1
Dec. 20, 1998
BOSTON(AP) _ Ray Bourque had three assists to move past Gordie Howe into third place on the all-time list with 1,052 and added a goal as the Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 Saturday night.
The win was the first for the Bruins at home over the Red Wings since 1991, breaking a five-game losing streak.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings suffered their second straight defeat. They have three losses in their last four games.
Bourque fed Sergei Samsonov at 18:33 of the second period on a power play and scored his 11th goal of the season from the left side of the crease to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
Darren Van Impe's fifth goal of the season on a power play at 15:11 of the third period gave the Bruins a two-goal margin. Bourque picked up his second assist of the game on the goal.
Bourque capped the night with his third assist as Anson Carter added an empty-net goal at 19:07 of the third period for the final margin.
Byron Dafoe stopped 23 Detroit shots as he improved his record to 11-7-6. He is 6-1-2 in his last 10 games with one no decision.
Brendan Shanahan scored his 15th on a wrist shot from the left side of the crease at 13:27 of the first to give Detroit a 1-0 lead.
But Chris Taylor responded for Boston at 9:06 of the second when he scored his second goal of the season on a shot from the right circle. The Red Wings were on a power play when Taylor took a pass from P.J. Axelsson at his blue line, outraced the defense and put the puck past Norm Maracle (4-2-1).
Maracle made 29 saves in his first start since Dec. 4 when the Red Wings tied San Jose 2-2.