Bob Marley never played for the Bruins -- or the Marlies for that matter.
But when "every little thing gonna be all right" floated through the dressing room yesterday morning, it was just what the team needed to hear. They went out and smoked the Maple Leafs 5-1 to stop a six-game losing streak.
"Not that we're a country club now, but that was a big monkey off of our back," Boston goaltender Andrew Raycroft said after stopping 20 shots for the win. "We knew we were on the hot seat (after a critical review from team owner Jeremy Jacobs) and we made it tough on Toronto from the get-go."
The only cloud was a groin injury to two-goal scorer Glen Murray, though he did all his damage in just half a period. The injury is not serious.
"It won't get easier from here on in," cautioned Raycroft, noting that the Ottawa Senators are on the Bruins' schedule twice in the next four games, followed by a Western Canada road swing.
"Everyone liked this team in the pre-season," captain Joe Thornton said before the game, predicting. "we'll turn it around."
Jacobs would not address the future of general manager Mike O'Connell and coach Mike Sullivan during his rant Monday.
"Everyone is aware of the realities of this situation," an unfazed Sullivan said. "If we don't have success, then change is inevitable. But it's a process. I don't think there's a magic bullet where you snap your fingers and things go well."
All three former Leafs in the Boston lineup -- Travis Green, Tom Fitzgerald and Brad Boyes -- had an assist, and Boyes won eight of nine faceoffs.
Given more time to play together, Boyes and fellow Mississaugan Matt Stajan of the Leafs might have developed the Whitby-style chemistry that made Gary Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk click in Toronto.
Boyes was a first round pick from the Erie Otters in 2000, Stajan a second rounder in 2002 from the Belleville Bulls. But Boyes, Alyn McCauley and a first-round pick all went to San Jose for Nolan prior to the 2003 playoffs and Boyes eventually became a Bruin.
"We grew up in Mississauga and he was one of the guys in the OHL that you would keep an eye on," Stajan said. "I knew he loved it with the Leafs and now he's trying to make a statement that they should never have got rid of him."
More ice time for Boyes
Before last night, Boyes had produced 12 points in 22 games, averaging under 11 minutes of ice time to Stajan's 11:40. But the trade of Dave Scatchard to Phoenix for defenceman David Tanabe should heighten his profile.
"It would have been great to play with Matt, but I'm happy to be in Boston," Boyes said.