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Gill's save in NY was overlooked

TAMPA -- The Bruins had two days off during the Christmas break before going back to work last night against the Lightning, but four players actually received an early holiday gift. Last Sunday, while the team was in New York City a day before they played the Rangers, Hal Gill, Ted Donato, Nick Boynton, and Andrew Raycroft decided to do some last-minute shopping in Manhattan.

 

"You can imagine a weekend night in New York," said Donato. "It was just 30 people deep across every sidewalk. We went down to Fifth Avenue. The cab let us out at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Those guys hadn't seen the inside of it before and it was a nice sight to see. We went inside and lit some candles."

It was what happened afterward that startled them. When they emerged from the church, they felt as if they had walked into a scene from a movie.

"It couldn't have been three minutes after we left there," said Donato. "We were on the corner and across the street from us, we heard screaming. A lady was yelling, `Help, I've lost my child!' We walked across the street and all of us had a sick feeling in our stomachs. Just seeing hundreds of people jammed in a small area and this lady had lost her child. Another lady was trying to help her. The other lady asked what his name was and what he was wearing and then she jumped up on the roof of this police car and started yelling, `We've lost a child, his name is Henry, he's got a green parka on and he's 7 years old.' And there was a policeman on a horse there, too."

So Donato and Boynton went one way looking for him and Gill and Raycroft went the other way.

"I don't know if it was the 7-foot vision or blind luck but Hal said Henry walked right into him," said Donato, who is a father of four. "Hal looked at him and said, `Are you Henry?' and he said, `Yes.' As he was talking to him, another guy walked over and grabbed him and brought him to his mother. We were joking about how Hal was a hero and how he had saved Henry. The whole thing took all of about five minutes but Hal never got the credit. Hal was OK with that and only cared that Henry was fine. It was kind of odd that we just walked out of Saint Patrick's Cathedral and the timing was perfect where Hal bumped right into Henry."

Lapointe ailing

It's been a rough few days for Marty Lapointe and it could get rougher. Lapointe is suffering from a case of shingles, which required a visit to the hospital to be diagnosed. "It's painful but it's nothing I can't handle," he said of the viral infection. "[On Christmas], I woke up and started itching. I had a few spots and it got a little bigger and I couldn't sleep because I had a headache, so I knew something was wrong." At 12:10 of the third period last night, Lapointe was assessed a five-minute match penalty [intent to injure] for high sticking Lightning defenseman Brad Lukowich. It's possible he could be suspended. "I didn't hit him straight in the face," said Lapointe. "I think my stick rolled up around the neck area. But in a 3-2 game, a five-minute penalty, that's a little hard but there's no excuse. I shouldn't take a penalty like that." . . . Right wing Glen Murray has been struggling to score. He has just 12 in 36 games, well below the 44 he tallied last season. Coach Mike Sullivan moved Murray off the top line with Joe Thornton and Mike Knuble to a line with Travis Green and Lapointe. "I think he just has to play hockey," said Sullivan. "We rely on him to score goals and he wants to score goals but I think when the puck is not going in the net for you, you have a tendency to focus on trying to score and trying to get the shots through. We're trying to encourage Muzz to move his feet and make plays and to finish checks and to get involved physically and cycle the puck. I think if he just plays hockey, then the opportunities will come for him. He puts a lot of pressure on himself because he realizes the type of player he is and how valuable he is and he has high expectations. But I don't think he ties himself up in knots. He's a confident guy and he knows he's capable." Murray scored against the Lightning, his second goal in six games.

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