For the second straight game, the Bruins scored six goals, this time taking advantage of some porous Anaheim goaltending and undisciplined play from the belligerent Ducks.
"We've scored 12 goals in the last couple games and I think overall, our game has started to come back," Claude Julien said. "But we need to be hard on ourselves to have our game where we want it to be and not get satisfied."
Michael Ryder and Chuck Kobasew led the attack with two goals apiece. Matt Hunwick, playing in his first NHL game since Feb. 7, scored the game-winning goal, while Tim Thomas stopped all 35 Anaheim shots.
Milan Lucic didn't care for Mike Brown's early right. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
* Still no word on Milan Lucic or Marc Savard. Julien said there might be more information tomorrow on both players. "From what I heard, he got a cheap shot to start off," Julien said of Lucic's fight with Mike Brown. "I guess that's what set him off."
* No coincidence that the offense has come back with the return of Michael Ryder. "He's a threat when he's out there," said Claude Julien. "You see how strong he is on the puck. He's not an easy guy to push off. He wins those battles. He's a pretty physical player for a guy who can score goals."
* Shawn Thornton considers George Parros, his former Anaheim teammate, one of his closest friends. But that didn't stop Thornton from seeking out Parros after the Anaheim tough guy ran over Marc Savard in the second period. "I just get the mitts off and hope for the best," Thornton said of engaging Parros. "I didn't really have a game plan going in. I didn't really think about it before the game. I've seen him fight a lot. He's a big, strong man. He does good against all the big guys, so I knew I'd have my hands full, that's for sure."
* The Bruins practice at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Ristuccia Arena.
STICK SALUTE: Hunwick. Hadn't played since Feb. 7 and is dealing with trade concerns, but scored the opening goal and helped to shut down Teemu Selanne.
SIN BIN: Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Can't win with goaltending like that.