Bruins continue homestand against Ducks

Anaheim (30-27-5) at Boston (41-12-8), 7:00 pm EST

BOSTON (Ticker) — A trip back to the TD Banknorth Center
appeared to cure the Boston Bruins’ woes.

The Eastern Conference-leading Bruins will look for another
dominating performance when they continue their season-long,
six-game homestand against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.

After posting a 1-3-1 record over a five-game road trip, Boston
cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. Rookie
Byron Bitz scored two goals and Michael Ryder recorded a goal
and an assist in his return from a seven-game absence.

Patrice Bergeron and defensemen Aaron Ward and Mark Stuart
netted goals while Stephane Yelle and All-Star Marc Savard
notched two assists apiece for the Bruins, who had dropped six
of their last seven contests.

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Boston, which owns a 20-4-4 record at home this season, has not
hosted the Ducks since January 16, 2006.

The Ducks, who are in the midst of a six-game road swing, are
coming off a 3-2 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

Teemu Selanne and Mike Brown collected unassisted goals and Todd
Marchant added a shorthanded tally for Anaheim, which has won
back-to-back games following three straight losses.