TORONTO — Chris Bourque had gone so long without a goal, he almost forgot what it felt like.
Bourque, the son of former Bruins icon Ray Bourque, scored his first goal with Boston in a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
The 5-foot-8 Bourque crashed the net to stuff in a nifty angled pass from behind the net from Chris Kelly at 8:54. Bourque’s only other NHL goal was scored in December 2008 when he played for the Washington Capitals.
“I kind of blacked out I was so excited," Bourque said. “I don’t think I’ve scored an NHL goal in four years."
The Bourques are the fifth father-son combination to play for the Bruins. Chris led the AHL in scoring in 2011-12 with 92 points for Hershey. Brother Ryan is currently playing for the Rangers’ AHL farm team in Connecticut.
Since 2007-08, Chris Bourque has played 13 games for the Capitals, 20 for Pittsburgh, and seven for Boston.
“It was nice to see him score that goal," Boston coach Claude Julien said. “That’s what we’ve been talking about. We know he’s very capable of doing those kinds of things. The confidence he had — you could tell he was a different player. It was nice for him to get that monkey off his back and get the winning goal."
Also on Saturday:
PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and two assists, and Pittsburgh picked up its first home victory of the season, beating New Jersey.
MONTREAL — Rene Bourque and David Desharnais each scored twice to lead Montreal to a win over Buffalo.
DENVER — P.A. Parenteau and Jamie McGinn scored goals 3 minutes, 29 seconds apart in the second period to help Colorado rally past Edmonton.
TAMPA, Fla. — Rick Nash scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat Tampa Bay.
PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux and Danny Briere each had a goal and an assist to help Philadelphia beat Carolina.
Blue Jackets 4
Red Wings 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Artem Anisimov scored twice in the second period, and Steve Mason stopped 32 shots to lead Columbus past Detroit.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Mike Smith stopped 17 shots, and Phoenix was at its tight-checking best in a win over Dallas.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nick Bonino scored his third goal on a power play with 11:21 to play, and surging Anaheim beat Los Angeles in the first Freeway Faceoff of the season.
CALGARY, Alberta — Marian Hossa scored the tying goal with 2.3 seconds left in the third, Patrick Kane added a goal in regulation then had the shootout winner as Chicago earned a win over Calgary.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Craig Smith scored the lone goal in the shootout to help Nashville hand San Jose its first loss of the season.