BOSTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Five players scored and Byron Dafoe and John Grahame combined on a shutout as the Boston Bruins snapped a six-game winless slide against the Los Angeles Kings with a 5-0 victory Thursday night.
Dafoe started and made four stops in the opening period but left after 20 minutes with flu-like symptoms. Grahame came on and did not miss a beat, stopping all 12 shots he faced.
Boston's win -- in the only meeting between the teams this season -- was its first over the Kings since Oct. 15, 1997. Los Angeles was 3
3 in the previous six matchups.
The Bruins, who have won five straight games overall, took over first place in the Northeast Division, moving one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Boston also improved to 15-5
3 at home this season.
The game marked the return of Jason Allison to Boston. Allison spent parts of the last five seasons with the Bruins, but held out during training camp in a contract dispute and was dealt to Los Angeles with left wing Mikko Eloranta for center Jozef Stumpel and Murray on Oct. 24.
While Stumpel and Murray combined for a goal and three assists Thursday, Allison was held scoreless without a shot in just over 19 minutes of ice time.