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Game # 13

 

Boston 5 Habs 2

 

Coyle, McAvoy lead Bruins to 5-2 win over Canadiens


ByAP
Updated: 6 hours ago

BOSTON -- — Charlie Coyle had an attempted clearing pass carom into the net off his head for his first of two goals, Charlie McAvoy also scored twice, and the Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Sunday night in the 750th meeting between the longtime rivals.

 

It was the first time they faced each other in nearly two years — 641 days to be exact — because of altered divisions and scheduling changes by the NHL last season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

“It's always more. It's not one of 82 (games),” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said of the rivalry. “Yes, it's one of 82 tomorrow. ... It's still the Montreal Canadiens and we want to beat them every time we step on the ice.”

 

Jeremy Swayman stopped 27 shots for Boston, improving his career record to 8-0-0 at TD Garden. Taylor Hall added an empty-netter as the Bruins improved to 6-1 at home.

 

Joel Armia and Michael Pezzetta had the Canadiens’ goals, and Sam Montembeault made 36 saves. Montreal fell to 1-6-1 on the road.

 

Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry, positioned in front of the crease, attempted to clear the puck into the corner, but it hit Coyle before bouncing into the net 5:58 into the third period. McAvoy had tied it just over three minutes earlier.

 

“I'll take more of those to be honest,” said Coyle, who explained that puck bounced off his visor. “I got a pretty good bounce there. It was a big goal. There was a few laughs and stuff, it doesn't happen very often."

 

Coyle added an insurance goal at 9:05, sending the fans into a loud, mocking chant of “Ole Ole Ole” — a staple when the Canadiens are playing well at home.

 

“It's special,” Swayman said of the rivalry. “You really don't understand it until you're on the ice playing in it.”

 

Pezzetta scored his first of the season, beating Swayman with a shot that caromed into the net off the skate of Boston defenseman Connor Clifton, making it 2-1 late in the second period.

 

But McAvoy slipped a wrister in from the slot for a power-play goal, tying it 2:14 into the third.

 

“It was nice to get one, but unfortunately it was in a loss, so it doesn't feel good,” Pezzetta said.

 

Both teams came out a bit sluggish Sunday, probably because they each had to travel to Boston after playing Saturday. Armia made it 1-0 by beating Swayman with a wrister from the right circle at the end of a 3-on-1 break 8:09 into the first.

 

Coming into the game with a 0-2-1 record with a 3.69 goals-against-average and only an .885 save percentage, Montembeault held Boston off the board until McAvoy charged in to score on a rebound 8:27 into the second.

 

“I thought he had a great game. He played awesome,” Pezzetta said of Montembeault. “He made some great saves and kept us in the game. It's definitely not on him.”

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Game # 14

 

Boston 5 Flyers 2

 

Forbort scores twice to help Bruins beat Flyers 5-2

 

 

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Updated: 6 hours ago

PHILADELPHIA -- — Derek Forbort had two goals to lead the Boston Bruins to their third straight victory, 5-2 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

 

Tomas Nosek, Craig Smith and David Pastrnak also scored for the Bruins, who hadn’t played since Sunday’s 5-2 victory over Montreal.

 

Derick Brassard scored both goals for the Flyers. Philadelphia lost consecutive games for the first time this season, having won the previous six times following a defeat.

 

Linus Ullmark made 29 saves for the Bruins, who tied their season high with 44 shots.

 

The teams traded goals, hard hits and punches in a highly entertaining second period.

 

Forbort scored his first of the game 30 seconds into the period when his slap shot from long range deflected off the stick of Flyers defenseman Justin Braun and over goalie Martin Jones’ right shoulder to make it 2-0.

 

“The first one was pretty lucky,” Forbort said.

 

Brassard scored 52 seconds later from in front after getting set up from behind the net by Cam Atkinson to pull the Flyers to 2-1.

Then, things started to get a little chippy.

 

“It seems like there’s always some emotion against Philadelphia,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “I think that goes back to the ’70s. Two teams that like to play that way. Obviously the game has changed, but you still have a bit of that element.”

 

Philadelphia’s Rasmus Ristolainen laid a big hit on Taylor Hall near the penalty box at center ice, and Boston responded aggressively. Marchand was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct soon after in a scrum behind the net with Ristolainen, and Philadelphia took advantage.

 

Brassard finished a tic-tac-toe passing sequence with Ivan Provorov and Claude Giroux and tied it at 2 with a power-play goal with 10:35 left in the period.

 

The intensity continued, culminating with Boston’s Charlie McAvoy winning a lopsided fight with Joel Farabee in which the Boston defenseman landed several hard right hands.

 

“I was just a little heated,” McAvoy said. “In the thick of it, it was something that happened. Hopefully, it lifted our team.”

 

Said Cassidy: “I’m sure that got us going. I know it does.”

 

Forbort finished the scoring in the period to give him the first two-goal game of his career, firing a wrist shot from the slot past Jones’ glove side with 3:33 left to put the Bruins ahead 3-2.

 

It was the fourth of the season and just the 12th in 345 career games for Forbort, who deflected any praise.

 

“It was just a good all-around play by the fellas,” he said.

 

Smith scored his first of the season 1:28 into the third to give Boston a two-goal cushion, and Pastrnak made it 5-2 with 7:13 to play.

“They have world-class players,” Brassard said. “They’ve been doing it for so many years.”

 

Nosek finally converted for the Bruins in a dominant first period, scoring on their 20th shot to give them a 1-0 lead with 1:35 left in the first. Anton Blidh passed from behind the net to Nosek, who settled the puck and fired high over Jones with a backhand.

 

Jones had been stellar to that point, particularly during consecutive Boston power plays midway through the period that included 12 seconds of 5-on-3 time. The Flyers’ backup goalie made seven saves during the successful penalty kill.

 

POWER UP

 

Philadelphia’s sagging power play had been 3 for 38 over 12 games before Brassard’s second goal.

 

 

ON POINT

 

Brad Marchand had an assist on Forbort’s first goal, upping his team-leading total to 20 and giving him points in eight straight games.

 

TRAINER’S ROOM

 

Bruins: Smith returned to the lineup after missing two games with an undisclosed injury.

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Game # 15

 

Boston 0 Flames 4

 

Former Bruin Vladar stops 27 shots, Flames beat Boston 4-0

 
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Flames blank Bruins 4-0

The Flames put up four unanswered goals in their win over the Bruins.


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Updated: 6 hours ago

BOSTON -- — Former Bruins goalie Dan Vladar stopped 27 shots for his second career shutout, Andrew Mangiapane scored a short-handed goal early in the third period, and the Calgary Flames beat Boston 4-0 on Sunday night.

 

Johnny Gaudreau and Noah Hanifin, who both played collegiate hockey nearby for Boston College, each had a goal for the Flames, who posted their third straight win and improved to 9-2-2 on the road. Mikael Backlund also scored for Calgary, and Matthew Tkachuk had two assists.

 

Jeremy Swayman made 27 saves for Boston, taking first career loss at TD Garden after going 8-0-0. The Bruins had their three-game winning streak snapped, and it was just their second home loss in eight games.

 

It was the Flames’ seventh shutout in 19 games.

 

“He was solid,” Flames coach Darryl Sutter said of Vladar. “The team was really good in front of him. There wasn't a whole lot of second opportunities in front of him. Boston's a team that likes to go to the net.”

 

The 24-year-old Vladar, a third-round draft pick by the Bruins in 2015, played five games with Boston last season before he was traded during the summer for a third-round pick in 2022.

 

“It means a lot,” he said. “I came in with the mindset to just get a ‘W.’ I wasn’t trying to think about where I’m playing because obviously I’ve got a bunch of friends on the Bruins team.

 

“My mindset was not to laugh around with the guys. I wasn't even saying hi to them before the game,” he said.

 

Coming off a 5-2 victory over the Islanders in the first game at New York’s UBS Arena on Saturday night, the Flames jumped ahead when Gaudreau one-timed the rebound of Juuso Valimaki’s shot past Swayman from the right circle 1:29 into the game.

 

Gaudreau, who played three years at BC, won the 2013-14 Hobey Baker Award.

 

They made it 2-0 with a similar goal midway into the second. Swayman stopped Tkachuk’s shot but the rebound went right to Hanifin, a former defenseman for BC, flipped it in 13:51 into the period.

 

“I think it was all execution tonight,” Boston captain Patrice Bergeron said. “A lot of it was on us, not making the plays, not executing. When it's going to be a game like that, I think you have to simplify and I don't think we did that."

 

Mangiapane scored his 15th of the season at 3:08 of the third after Swayman stopped two shots by Dillon Dube on a clean breakaway. Backlund made it 4-0 just 1:10 later.

 

“You’ve got to work to get inside,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Listen, we know what Calgary is all about, even though they’re not in our division. They’ve been through the East twice now and we’ve seen them.

 

They have seven shutouts for a reason. They work hard to keep the puck out of the net. So, you have to be willing to go in there. Not enough guys wanted to do that tonight."

 

THEY PLAYED HERE, TOO

 

Along with Vladar, Flames forwards Milan Lucic and Brett Ritchie also previously played for the Bruins. Lucic was on the Stanley Cup championship team in 2011 during his eight seasons in Boston, and Ritchie played with the Bruins in 2019-20.

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Game # 16

 

Bruins 5 Buffalo1

 

Bruins score 4 goals in 1st period, beat Sabres 5-1

 
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ByAP
Updated: 7 hours ago
 

 

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- — Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Charlie Coyle each had a goal and an assist to lead the Boston Bruins over the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Wednesday night.

 

Mike Reilly and Taylor Hall also scored, Nick Foligno had two assists and rookie Jeremy Swayman made 24 saves as Boston bounced back from a 4-0 loss to Calgary on Sunday for its fourth win in five games and third straight on the road.

 

Boston’s scoring surge helped Swayman enjoy his 23rd birthday.

 

“I had the best seat in the house all night,” Swayman said. “It was fun to watch. It was a good camaraderie game. All the guys were super happy in the locker room, and I’m sure on the bench.”

 

The Bruins chased Sabres goalie Aaron Dell with four first-period goals on the 22 shots he faced. Dustin Tokarski stopped 24 of 25 shots.

Kyle Okposo scored for the Sabres, who lost their fourth in a row and are 2-8-1 following a 5-1-1 start.

 

The Bruins scored four times in 5:41 during the opening period and had a 22-8 edge in shots on goal.

 

That continued a trend for the Sabres, who gave up three goals in a 3:17 span during Monday’s 7-4 loss to Columbus and three goals in 1:37 of a 5-0 loss to Calgary last Thursday.

 

“This little stretch is exposing us to things that we need to target and become better at,” coach Don Granato said. “We will become better at it going through it.”

Bergeron and Coyle scored on wrist shots 51 seconds apart to give Boston a 2-1 lead.

 

Pastrnak drew a hooking penalty on Buffalo’s Rasmus Dahlin, and Charlie McAvoy fed Pastrnak for a power-play goal less than three minutes after Coyle put the Bruins ahead.

 

Reilly made it 4-1 with a minute left in the first when he scored on a rebound that rolled between the dropped sticks of Buffalo’s Colin Miller and Vinnie Hinostroza.

 

“We really kind of controlled the play and got some breaks around the front of the net,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “But I think you earn your breaks, too, by putting the puck to the front of the net and outworking people in the dirty area.”

 

Hall got the fifth goal on a power play late in the third period after Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons received a five-minute game-misconduct penalty for checking McAvoy from behind and forcing him headfirst into the boards.

 

McAvoy needed stitches to close a gash above his eye. Cassidy said the Bruins expect McAvoy to remain in the lineup, and he didn’t think it was a dirty play by Girgensons.

 

“I know that if it was our player hitting a guy like that, I would say, boy, he was in a tough spot,” Cassidy said. “He’s just trying to finish his check. But at the end of the day, I know they are trying to get those hits out. But I can’t fault Girgensons. I don’t think there was any malicious intent, personally.”

 

Buffalo briefly led after Okposo used Bergeron as a screen to beat Swayman with a wrist shot midway through the period. Bergeron tied the score with his seventh of the season 2:33 later.

 

Swayman made 14 saves in the second, including one on a penalty shot by John Hayden.

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Game # 17

 

Boston 2 NYR 5

 

Artemi Panarin starts 3-goal third; Rangers beat Bruins 5-2

 
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Jeremy Swayman makes incredible diving save to rob Mika Zibanejad

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Updated: 12 hours ago
 

BOSTON -- — Artemi Panarin scored the first of New York’s three third-period goals with 8:25 left and the Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Friday afternoon, giving Gerard Gallant the best start in his first 20 games as coach in team history.

 

The Rangers have 31 points in Gallant’s first 20. Phil Esposito held the previous mark with 30 in 1986-87.

 

“I would say it's a good feeling,” Ryan Strome said of New York's 13-4-3 start. “But I also think that it's a group that's not satisfied. We're starting to feel like a winning team. Two-two in Boston in the past, we're young, we're a little fragile and I don't know what could happen.”

 

Strome, Dryden Hunt, Alexis Lafreniere and Jacob Trouba also scored for the Rangers, who won their third straight game and seventh of eight.

Igor Shesterkin made 29 saves and Julien Gauthier set up two goals. Trouba’s was an empty-netter.

 

Craig Smith and Patrice Bergeron each had a goal for Boston, which has lost consecutive home games after opening 6-1. Jeremy Swayman stopped 31 shots.

 

“They like to funnel pucks from all angles," Swayman said of giving up some rebounds. “They get good traffic in front. You've got to do whatever you can to prevent those rebounds.”

 

Panarin batted home a pass from Gauthier from the edge of the crease for the Rangers’ first lead of the game. Lafreniere scored with 3:38 to play on Gauthier’s wing-to-wing pass during a 2-on-1 break.

 

The Bruins had taken a 2-1 lead in the second when Bergeron, just outside the crease, redirected Matt Grzelcyk’s perfectly centered touch pass from the left circle into the net.

 

“It's early in the year,” Boston forward Brad Marchand said. “We have a lot of new faces in our group. It's a different year for us, a lot different than we've had in a long time where we have to build something.”

 

But New York tied it when Hunt scored off the rebound of Ryan Lindgren’s shot from the point.

 

“I think for me it's just sticking to my game and keep doing what I'm doing,” Hunt said of his time on a line with Panarin and Strome. “Obviously it's two special players.”

 

Smith had pushed Boston in front 14:46 into the game when he stole an attempted clearing pass from defenseman Trouba and slipped a wrister past Shesterkin.

 

Shesterkin kept it a one-goal deficit with a nice left-pad stop on Taylor Hall’s clean breakaway with about 90 seconds left in the period before Strome tied it 1-1 with 6 seconds remaining. Strome, positioned in the slot, collected Panarin’s pass from the left circle and slipped a shot past Swayman’s glove.

 

Boston dominated much of the play in the opening period, outshooting the Rangers, 17-5.

 

“I think it's everyone buying in,” Strome said. “I think everyone realizes not every shift is going to be an offensive shift. ... I think we've done a good job of sticking to our system and trusting each other.”

 

WHAT A STOP

 

Seconds after the Rangers tied it at 2, Swayman came diving across the crease to make a fully out-stretched stick save on Mika Zibanejad, who had a wide-open net.

 

“I was just trying to be in the right place at the right time,” Swayman said. “It was definitely a lucky save, but I'm happy with that.”

 

NICE WORK

 

Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy carried on a Bruins tradition on Thanksgiving morning, donating and delivering hundreds of pies to local organizations.

He also purchased 300 winter hats to be distributed among shelters.

 

NO GOAL

 

Rangers F Chris Kreider had a goal overturned on video review. He elevated the puck onto the blade of his stick and flipped it off the post with it traveling behind Swayman’s back across the crease.

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Game # 18

 

Boston 3 Vancouver 2

 

Brad Marchand, Linus Ullmark carry Bruins past Canucks 3-2

 

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Updated: 6 hours ago
 

BOSTON -- — Brad Marchand scored the tying goal on a power play in the third period and set-up David Pastrnak’s go-ahead score, helping the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

 

Anton Blidh also scored for Boston, and Linus Ullmark made 36 saves. The Bruins won for the fifth time in seven games.

 

Tanner Pearson and Conor Garland scored for Vancouver.

 

Former Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak made 39 saves and remains winless (0-4-1) in his first season with the Canucks. The 36-year-old Halak signed as a free agent with them after playing three seasons with Boston.

 

“He can help you win in a lot of ways,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said of Marchand, who also dished out some big hits that sparked the team. “We saw it offensively and we’ve seen it on the penalty kill here for years. The physical part was good.”

 

With Oliver Ekman-Larsson off for boarding Blidh, Marchand shifted around defenseman Kyle Burroughs and fed Pastrnak in front of the net, where he slipped in a power-play score with 3:24 to play.

 

“I knew (Pastrnak) was going to be around there,” Marchand said. “We've scored a few goals over the years with that play. He's so good at finding that hole.”

Vancouver has lost four in a row and nine of 10.

 

“It's definitely tough,” Pearson said. “This one bites, going into the third period with the lead. That's one we need to have. ... We liked the effort, but you've got to win in this league to move on. We've got to dig a little deeper.”

 

Marchand collected a loose puck out of a scramble and tied it at 2-all less than a minute after Ullmark dropped for a pad save on Tyler Motte’s clean breakaway.

 

Marchand got a rebound near the crease, skated slightly to his right and fired a wrist shot into the net for a power-play goal 8:45 into the third.

 

Garland’s seemingly harmless wrister from the right circle slipped between Ullmark’s pads, giving the Canucks a 2-1 edge with 7:29 left in the second.

 

“It's really frustrating,” Garland said. “That's what they do. That's why they go deep into the playoffs. They wait for their chances. You hold them to nothing and all of a sudden the top line ends up with two."

 

Looking to spark his team after a loss to the Rangers on Friday, Cassidy juggled all but his top line. The Bruins seemed to respond more aggressively at the beginning of the game, but the struggling Canucks played physical, too, which led to a few scrums after whistles in the opening period.

 

Midway into the second, Cassidy briefly dropped star Pastrnak from the top line to second line.

 

Pearson scored a power-play goal out of a scramble 3:33 into the game to make it 1-0.

 

But Blidh beat Halak with a wrist shot that appeared to dip late and sailed past the goalie’s glove, tying it just 2:18 later.

 

ANOTHER FAMILIAR FACE

 

It was the second time in three home games that the Bruins faced a goaltender they had on their team last season. Last Sunday, Dan Vladar started for Calgary and shut them out.

 

OVERTURNED

 

The Canucks had a power-play goal wiped out by video review late in the opening period. Garland beat Ullmark, who appeared screened, with a slap shot from the right point, but the Bruins challenged that Nils Hoglander was offside and a review showed that he was in early.

 

Boston’s Tomas Nosek had one immediately waved off in the opening minute of the second when he clearly kicked the puck into the net while falling to the ice.

 

 

Game notes


Trent Frederic returned to Boston’s lineup after missing seven games with an undisclosed upper-body injury and centered the third line. …

 

Bruins forwards Jake DeBrusk and Erik Haula were healthy scratches. … It was the first of two regular-season meetings between the teams, with the other in Vancouver on Dec. 8

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Game # 19

 

Boston 1 Wings 2

 

Red Wings beat Bruins 2-1 for franchise's 3,000th victory

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Associated Press

 

BOSTON (AP) Marc Staal's first goal of the season was the tiebreaker with just over eight minutes remaining in the third period, and Alex Nedeljkovic made 41 saves, leading Detroit to a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, the Red Wings' 3,000th victory.

Filip Zadina also scored for Detroit, which won its third straight and raised the franchise's all-time point total to 7,001.

"I thought we played very good defensively," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said of his netminder. "We gave up shots, but we didn't give up a whole bunch of chances. When we did, he did a good job."

David Pastrnak scored for Boston, and Linus Ullmark stopped 16 shots. The Bruins had won five of their last seven games.

Boston coach Bruce Cassidy missed the contest after being placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol earlier Tuesday.

"We made it a little easy on the goaltender, at times, not getting in front of him enough," Boston's interim coach Joe Sacco said. "We could have done a better job of providing a screen, taking his sight lines away. Better than what we did, certainly make it a little harder on him."

With an extra Detroit skater on for a delayed penalty, Staal charged in from the right circle and banged in a rebound from just outside the crease.

"I think it was a win that wasn't the prettiest," Detroit's center Dylan Larkin said. "We defended well. (Nedeljkovic) played great. We didn't get much offensively."

Brad Marchand, the Bruins' leading scorer, served the first of a three-game suspension for slew-footing Calgary's Oliver Ekman-Larsson in Sunday's game.

Skating with a 5-on-3 power-play advantage, Taylor Hall sent a cross-ice pass to Pastrnak, who one-timed a shot from the top of the left circle, tying it 6:20 into the third.

Zadina had pushed Detroit ahead at 5:03 of the second when he slipped a backhander into the net past Ullmark's glove.

Detroit's Nick Leddy hit the crossbar with a wrist shot from the point with just over a minute left in the second.

"It's a night where you want to come away with a win," Hall said. "It's great to get that amount of shots and control the zone time, but it's the score at the end of the night that dictates how we're going to feel."

MESSAGE

Both Blashill and Larkin opened their postgame press conferences with a comment for the people of Oxford, Michigan, following a school shooting there in which three students were killed and eight others injured.

"I just want to send out my prayers to the families that were affected today," Blashill said, getting choked up. "It's a terrible, terrible thing. It just shouldn't happen. Nothing I say certainly can do anything to help those that suffered the tragedy, that lost their lives.

"I think it's insane that this is somewhat normal and it just shouldn't happen," he said.

IN, WANTS OUT

Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed after the morning skate that forward Jake DeBrusk, a healthy scratch in the last game, asked to be traded. But, with Marchand and forward Anton Blidh out, combined with a bit of COVID-19 outbreak at the team's AHL affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island, the forward was needed in the lineup.

THOUGHT ON TUUKKA

Free agent goalie Tuukka Rask, who's been with Bruins for 14 seasons and had offseason labrum surgery, has been working out at the team's practice facility the past couple of weeks and hopes to be back sometime in January, if things work out with the Bruins.

Sweeney said the team is very open to his return.

"There's been a general understanding. Tuukka has to make a decision on his health," Sweeney said. "When he's able to do that officially and declare himself, we'll find a common ground. We have not hidden from that. If he is indeed healthy and wants to play, he's likely to be a part of our group."

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Game # 20

 

Boston 2 Preds 0

 

Swayman's 42 saves leads Bruins over Predators 2-0

 
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Jake DeBrusk gives Boston the 1-0 lead over Nashville.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- — Jeremy Swayman made 42 saves, Jake DeBrusk and Brandon Carlo scored, and the Boston Bruins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 Thursday night.

 

Swayman’s shutout was his first of the season and third of the rookie’s NHL career. After stopping 26 shots over the first two periods, Swayman was heavily tested in the third. Among his best saves in the final frame came when he denied Matt Duchene from the slot with the Predators on a power play.

 

He also stopped Colton Sissons’ redirection with around three minutes left, preserving Boston’s second win in three games.

 

“It was fun to watch,” Swayman said of his team’s effort. “Guys were taking pride in the defensive zone and also in the offensive zone. I had the best seat in the house watching them work, play together, a lot of talk out on the ice."

 

Juuse Saros made 31 saves for Nashville, which has dropped two of three.

 

“I thought both goaltenders played very well,” Nashville coach John Hynes said “They had some looks and (Saros) came up with some big saves for us. But they found a way to put two in and we didn’t.”

 

DeBrusk scored the first goal at 14:38 of the opening period. With the Bruins on a power play, he snapped a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Saros and just underneath the crossbar on the short side.

 

“I think that Jake played pretty good tonight,” Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco said. “He had a good game and hopefully he can build off of that, too. Like we said before, we want Jake to help our team any way possible, and he helped it with a big goal tonight.”

 

Boston has scored four power-play goals over the last three games in 10 opportunities.

 

Carlo added on 30 seconds into the second. Former Predator Erik Haula forced a turnover inside the Nashville blue line and sent a pass to Carlo in the high slot. He skated to his right and beat Saros with a slap shot on the stick side.

 

SMITH RETURN

 

Bruins wing Craig Smith played his first-ever road game in Nashville on Thursday. Smith played the first 661 games of his NHL career with the Predators, the team that drafted him in the fourth round (98th overall) in the 2009 Draft.

 

During a first period media timeout, the Predators played a tribute video featuring Smith’s on and off ice accomplishments during his time in Nashville. At the conclusion of the video, players from both teams tapped their sticks on the ice and boards, and Smith skated to center ice thanking the cheering Bridgestone Arena fans.

 

With Brad Marchand sitting out the second of his three-game suspension Thursday, the Bruins sewed an assistant captain’s A on Smith’s jersey for the game.

 

Smith signed with the Bruins as a free agent prior to the start of last season.

 

HALL 700

 

Taylor Hall skated in his 700th career NHL game Thursday. After stints in Edmonton, New Jersey, Arizona and Buffalo, Hall is in his first full season with the Bruins.

 

ZBORIL HURT

 

 

Boston defenseman Jakub Zboril left the game at 4:46 of the second period due to a lower-body injury after being hit into the right boards in the neutral zone by Nashville’s Tanner Jeannot.

 

Zboril was helped off the ice and did not put any weight on his right leg when exiting. The Bruins announced that he would not return to the game due to a lower-body injury.

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Game # 21

 

Bruins 2 Bolts 3 OT

 

Stamkos scores in OT to lead Lightning past Bruins 3-2

 
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Stamkos' OT goal gives Bolts win over Bruins

Steven Stamkos scores just 91 seconds into overtime as the Lightning defeat the Bruins 3-2.


ByAP
Updated: 5 hours ago
 

BOSTON -- — Steven Stamkos scored at 1:31 of overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lighting bounced back after blowing a two-goal lead on Saturday night, beating the Boston Bruins 3-2.

 

“In an 82-game league, it's hard to play your best. Sometimes you have stinkers,” coach Jon Cooper said after the Lightning won for the eighth time in 11 games. “Tonight was a stinker.”

 

Taylor Raddysh had his first career goal, a short-handed score in the first period, and Ondrej Palat also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 37 shots.

 

“He stole one for us tonight. There's no doubt about it,” said Stamkos, who recorded a point for the sixth straight game. “He was amazing tonight. He was the difference-maker.”

 

Charlie Coyle and Curtis Lazar scored after the Bruins fell behind 2-0 early in the second period. Jeremy Swayman made 22 saves for the Bruins, who outshot the Lightning 39-25.

 

“I know we had a two-goal lead,” Stamkos said. “It didn’t really feel that way.”

 

Coming off a shutout against Nashville -- his third in 22 career NHL games -- Swayman let Tampa Bay take an early lead when he got caught spread-eagled on Raddysh’s short-handed rush late in the first period.

 

“I've been waiting a little too long for it,” said Raddysh, a 23-year-old rookie playing in his 22nd NHL game, who was announced for a goal at home on Tuesday night before it was taken away and credited to Anthony Cirelli. “Back of my mind last 10-15 games.”

 

The Lightning took a 2-0 lead early in the second, capitalizing after a Boston possession in which they hit iron twice -- once on a David Pastrnak shot off the crossbar and again when Brandon Carlo got a shot past the goalie but it rolled off the post and away. On the next faceoff, Palat shot it off Tomas Nosek's skate and past Swayman.

 

The Bruins finally broke through against Vasilevskiy late in the second, when Erik Haula slid it between his legs backwards to Coyle in front of the net. In the third, Lazar picked up the puck at the left circle, skated it to the net and then backhanded it off the top shelf on the goalie’s glove side.

 

Top Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy was scratched from the game with a non-COVID illness. The Bruins recalled defenseman Jack Ahcan, along with forward Oskar Steen, from Providence of the AHL earlier in the day.

 

The Bruins were also without coach Bruce Cassidy, who was placed in the league’s COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday. Assistant Joe Sacco has run the bench the last three games.

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The Bruins are a bit of a disappointment to me, anyway. But gota be a fan. They’re not as good as some, better than others. Not all that young. But……..what happened to the Islanders this year!? 

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