Boston at Phoenix

Thomas, Horton, rookie Seguin lead B's to Euro split


PRAGUE -- Newcomer Nathan Horton scored a second period goal and added an assist to help lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday to split the teams' two-game, NHL season-opening series in the Czech capital.

Tim Thomas in the Bruins goal recorded a 29-save shutout in his first game of the season, replacing Tuukka Rask.

The 25-year-old Horton played just his second game for the Bruins after joined them from the Florida Panthers. He scored both goals for Boston in the 5-2 loss to the Coyotes in the season opener Saturday in Prague.

Phoenix and Boston were two of six NHL teams to open the season in Europe this year.

"Definitely, it's nice to get goals and to contribute, to help the team win," Horton said.

"We had a little let down in the first game and tonight we bounced back and turned things around and we played quite well," he said.

He said he was happy with his move to Boston.

"Boston is hockey, it's sports. It's fun to be a Boston Bruin."

"Everyday, it's getting better," he said about his line with winger Milan Lucic and center David Krejci.

Lucic broke the tie halfway through the second with a slap shot after gathering a Horton pass. Horton added the second on a quick wrist shot over goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's shoulder with 33 seconds left.

Following Saturday's loss, the Bruins went on attack and bombarded Bryzgalov from the start.

"We came out strong," Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. "We created lot of chances, we were putting a lot of pressure on them didn't give them much time to do anything and we got rewarded."

Boston outshot the opposition 37-29, including 15-8 in the first period but Bryzgalov held on through the scoreless first until Lucic struck at 12:11 in the second.

Bruins coach Claude Julien looked satisfied with the performance.

"A much better play from the whole team, more aggressive," Julien said.

"We put pressure on them. Puck management was much much better and that made a big difference."

"If you looked at the team yesterday and you looked at it today, I think you saw two different teams."

"We hope to see the team that played the second game more than the team that played the first one."

Julien said to return home from the European trip pointless would be a disappointment for him.

"We came here with a purpose in mind, and although we enjoyed the experience that was given to us, we also felt these games very important to us," he said.

The 18-year-old center Tyler Seguin sealed the victory with a breakaway goal at 9:14 in the third in his second NHL game.

"It's always fun see these guys to score their first goal," Julien said.

Despite Thomas' brilliant performance, he was not able to say if he has a place in the goal assured for the next game.

"That's a question I can't answer, no right now."

Coyotes captain Shane Doan gave credit to the Bruins.

"They played a good game and we didn't play near as we needed too," he said. In the season, "we have to be better than we played."

Both teams were heading for long flights home immediately after Sunday's game but Doan said the trip was still a positive experience.

"It was beautiful, I loved it we had a great time. It was something we as a team enjoyed it."

The Bruins play at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday in their first game back, while the Coyotes will welcome the Detroit Red Wings to Glendale for their home opener also Saturday.

Some 13,000 spectators watched Sunday's clash, with less than 16,000 attending a day earlier, as NHL teams returned to Prague for season openers for the second time.

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The Bruins' Nathan Horton (left) celebrates after scoring in the second period against the Phoenix Coyotes.  (Getty Images)
The Bruins' Nathan Horton (left) celebrates after scoring in the second period against the Phoenix Coyotes. (Getty Images)
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Phoenix (1-1-0)0000
Three Stars
N. Horton

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Stuart

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
M. Lucic

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
12:11Milan Lucic (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Horton, Krejci
19:27Nathan Horton (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Recchi, Krejci
09:14Tyler Seguin (1), Backhand Shot. Assist: Ryder, Thomas
Penalty Summary
03:18Doan, 2 min, Slashing
14:01Thornton, 2 min, Roughing
03:28Prucha, 2 min, Elbowing
12:58Fiddler, 2 min, Hooking
16:23Yandle, 2 min, Hooking
17:26Jovanovski, 2 min, Slashing
17:26Jovanovski, 2 min, Roughing
17:26Lucic, 2 min, Slashing
17:26Lucic, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
Tim Thomas59:56290
Ilya Bryzgalov60:00343
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Attendance - 12990
Referees - Mike Leggo, Brad Meier
Linesmen - Don Henderson, Jay Sharrers
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