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2021-22 SEASON PREVIEW: BOSTON BY COREY ABBOTT August 27, 2021, 11:14 am ET Updated On: August 29, 2021, 11:09 am ET         BOSTON BRUINS   2020-21 Record: 33-16-7, 73 points Result: Third in the East Division. Lost 4-2 to the New York Islanders in the second round.   Significant Gains: Linus Ullmark, Nick

DWWean/NHLI via Getty Images Take a quick look at the Bruins current roster and one thing that might jump out at you: the Bruins have a lot of freakin’ centers. Besides the guys returning from last year who can play in the middle of the ice (Patrice Bergeron, Charlie Coyle, Curtis Lazar, Trent Frederic, and Jack Studnicka), the Bruins added centers Tomáš Nosek, Erik Haula

The Bruins will open training camp secure in the knowledge they’ll have a lot of good NHL players.   Though we’re still waiting to see who will hold down the No. 2 center spot, the top nine forwards look strong. They should have at least six good defensemen, with some flexibility in pairings. They have the makings of a quality goalie tandem.   The six exhibition games may tell us more abo

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Game # 35

 

Bos 4 Preds 3 OT

 

Hall's OT goal lifts red-hot Bruins over Predators, 4-3

 
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David Pastrnak tries to flip the puck out of the Bruins' zone but turns it over resulting in a tying goal for Roman Josi.


ByAP
Updated: 12 minutes ago
 

BOSTON -- — Taylor Hall scored off a rebound of David Pastrnak’s shot 1:41 into overtime, lifting the red-hot Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators on Saturday.

 

Pastrnak took a shot from the right circle and the puck slipped behind Saros, where Hall poked it in for the game-winner.

 

Brad Marchand, Craig Smith and Mike Reilly also scored for the Bruins, who won their fifth straight and are 8-1 since New Year’s Day. Linus Ullmark made 26 saves.

 

Colton Sissons, Luke Kunin and Ramon Josi each had a goal for Nashville, which has only lost three times in regulation in its last 18 games (13-3-2). Juuse Saros made 40 saves for the Predators.

 

Marchand’s power-play goal — a rising wrist shot over Saros’ glove into the top right corner from the right circle — had pushed Boston ahead 3-2 just 3:50 into the third period, but Josi tied it after a turnover by Pastrnak.

 

Marchand reached 20 goals for the ninth straight season and for the second time this week had a bloody nose and scored. On Monday, he suffered a broken nose in a win at Washington but scored twice after the injury.

 

In the second period on Saturday, Marchand took what appeared to be an inadvertent elbow from Josi to the nose along the boards, sending the Boston forward dazed to the ice. He had gauze stuffed up his nostrils on the bench but returned for his next shift.

 

Trailing 2-0, the Predators scored late in the opening period and tied it when Kunin slipped a low wrist shot by Ullmark 7:32 into the second period.

 

Sissons had sliced Nashville’s deficit in half when he skated across from the left circle into the slot before firing a wrister into the net.

 

Smith gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 3:20 into the game against his former team when he beat Saros with a wrister over the glove from the right circle.

Reilly collected a cross-ice pass from Erik Haula, cut across the crease and lifted a backhander into the net 4:17 later.

 

IN AND OUT

 

Predators defenseman Mark Borowiecki returned after missing the previous game with an undisclosed lower-body injury and winger Yakov Trenin was back after missing two games due to COVID-19 protocol, but Filip Forsberg was sidelined in protocol for his fourth straight.

 

For Boston, defensemen Matt Grzelcyk and Connor Clifton both remain in protocol and were out. Forwards Nick Foligno and Trent Frederic both remained sidelined with undisclosed injuries, but defenseman Derek Forbort returned from protocol.

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Game # 36

 

Bos 1 Canes 7

 

Kotkaniemi scores twice, Hurricanes roll past Bruins 7-1

 
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7 hours ago
 

BOSTON -- — The Hurricanes looked lost in a shutout loss against Columbus last week without defenseman Jaccob Slavin.

In his return, they showed the Bruins just how much he was missed.

 

Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored twice during Carolina's five-goal first period, Slavin added a goal and two assists after a two-game absence on the COVID-19 list, and the Hurricanes snapped Boston's five-game winning streak with a 7-1 victory Tuesday night.

 

Teuvo Teravainen, Seth Jarvis, Derek Stepan and Andrei Svechnikov also scored for the Hurricanes, who have won two straight and seven of nine. They earned the win playing in their first road game in 17 days because of COVID-19 postponements.

 

The six-goal loss was Boston’s worst of the season.

 

Frederik Andersen had 31 saves for Carolina.

 

“It’s easy when the team plays that well to step back into it," Slavin said. "Just play simple and the way I play.”

 

The Hurricanes’ early barrage caused the Bruins to pull goaltender Tuukka Rask in favor of Linus Ullmark after Rask allowed five goals on 12 shots in the first period. It marked the first time Boston had allowed five goals in the opening period since March 3, 2008, at Washington.

 

Ullmark played the rest of the way for Boston, stopping 20 shots. Patrice Bergeron had the lone goal for the Bruins, who were 1 of 5 on power plays.

 

Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said he’s having trouble finding superlatives to describe what Slavin provides on a nightly basis when he’s on the ice.

 

“I think you get to a point where you just expect it," Brind’Amour said. "It doesn’t seem like he missed a beat.”

 

Boston started the night on an emotional high retiring the No. 22 of Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first Black player, in a pregame ceremony.

 

The Hurricanes had all the energy when the puck dropped, skating through Boston’s defenders with little resistance at times and capitalizing on the Bruins’ lackadaisical puck handling.

 

“We just didn't have it tonight and they were clearly much better than us,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Everyone watching could tell they were more competitive in every area of the ice.”

 

Both teams got boosts to their lineups, returning key defensemen off the COVID-19 list.

 

For Boston, Matt Grezelcyk was back after a two-game absence, along with Connor Clifton. But it was Slavin’s return that had the biggest impact.

 

Teravainen got Carolina on the board with his 11th goal of the season just 3:44 into the first period, ripping a snap shot into the net from the right faceoff circle off a feed from Slavin and Tony DeAngelo.

Kotkaniemi added another goal less than three minutes later off feeds from Svechnikov and Nino Niederreiter.

 

The Bruins briefly stopped the bleeding after one of the Hurricanes’ few mistakes in the period.

 

Svechnikov was called for interference on Boston’s Curtis Lazar and sent to the penalty box. Patrice Bergeron capitalized with his 12th goal of the season off assists from Charlie McAvoy and David Pastrnak.

 

It ended Carolina’s streak of 35 consecutive penalty kills — one shy of their record — which dated back to early December.

 

The Hurricanes bounced back 13 seconds later when Slavin pushed the cushion to 3-1 with his wrist shot in close.

 

Then with under four minutes left in the opening period, Jarvis corralled an errant Bruins pass, broke free along the boards and fired a shot into the right side of the net past Rask.

 

Just 56 seconds later, Jordan Martinook skated in hard, gathered a loose puck behind Boston’s net and flipped it to a cutting Stepan who put it away for the Hurricanes’ final goal of the period.

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Game # 37

 

Bos 4 Caps 3

 

McAvoy's late goal lifts Bruins to 4-3 win over Capitals

 
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By AP
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BOSTON -- — Charlie McAvoy scored a power-play goal with 45 seconds left in the third period, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

 

David Pastrnak had two goals and Jake DeBrusk also scored for the Bruins, who cashed in on a late opportunity when Washington's Nic Dowd was called for tripping with just 2:34 left in the third.

 

DeBrusk set up McAvoy for a wrist shot from the slot that gave the Bruins the lead for good after Washington rallied from deficits of 2-1 and 3-2.

“I was pleased. Start to finish, I thought we dug in and played hard," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "It was a physical game. I thought we were the better team.”

 

The Bruins were coming off a 7-1 loss at home Tuesday night to the Carolina Hurricanes, who scored five goals in the first and put an emphatic end to Boston's five-game winning streak.

 

“I thought it was a resilient effort by us," McAvoy said. "We showed good character.”

 

Erik Haula had two assists for Boston, and Linus Ullmark stopped 14 shots.

 

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Lars Eller and Nicklas Backstrom scored for Washington. Alex Ovechkin assisted on Kuznetsov's goal, extending his point streak to six straight games. Vitek Vanecek stopped 29 shots for the Capitals.

 

“It was a tight game. It was physical. It was battle-heavy,” Washington coach Peter Laviolette said. “But at the end of the day, it’s tough we lose it in the last two minutes of the game.”

 

DeBrusk, who set up the winner with a pass to McAvoy in the slot, was credited with a goal 9:41 into the third period after the puck hit off Kuznetsov in front of the crease and got through Vanecek’s pads, barely trickling over the goal line.

 

There was no initial call and Bruins fans screamed until there was a stoppage for a video review, which confirmed the puck crossed the line. Patrice Bergeron was initially credited with the goal before an official scoring change after the game gave it to DeBrusk.

 

“He was flying. He was all over the ice,” McAvoy said of DeBrusk. “He was really pushing the pace. When he has his legs, he’s a very dangerous player.”

Backstrom tied it again 36 seconds later with a wrist shot.

 

Kuznetsov beat Ullmark with a high wrist shot from the left circle 4:07 into the game.

 

It was the first of just five shots the Capitals got on goal in the first period. Pastrnak answered for Boston 50 seconds later after dropping a pass back for Taylor Hall at the blue line for a quick pass right back to Pastrnak in the slot for a quick shot that tied it at 1.

 

Pastrnak got free on a breakaway and put Boston up 2-1 with a power-play goal 8:37 into the second period. Matt Grzelcyk set it up with a long pass from deep in the Boston zone to Pastrnak, who had gotten behind Washington’s defense.

 

Eller jumped on a turnover at the blue line and got a wrist shot past Ullmark to tie it at 2 late in the second.

 

Backstrom said it's going to be difficult for the Capitals to win games with just 17 shots on goal.

 

“We’ve just got to start shooting a little bit more,” Backstrom said. “There was too much just passing it around.”

 

INJURIES

 

 

Bruins winger Brad Marchand appeared to injure his right shoulder in the second period when he was hit from behind into the boards by Garnet Hathaway, who was called for interference on the play. Marchand did not return. ... Boston’s Anton Blidh needed a few minutes and a hand from a trainer to get back on his skates after getting leveled on a hit by Wilson with 4:33 left in the first. Blidh also did not return. ...

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Game # 38

 

Bos 3 Jets 2

 

Pastrnak's power-play goal lifts Bruins over Jets, 3-2

 

By AP
Updated: 9 hours ago
 

BOSTON -- — David Pastrnak scored a tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period to give the surging Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the travel-weary Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

 

Charlie Coyle and Oskar Steen also scored for Boston, which is 10-2 since New Year’s Day. Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for the Bruins in his third start after re-signing this month following offseason hip surgery.

 

Andrew Copp and Jansen Harkins each had a goal for the Jets, who played their seventh of eight games on the road to open 2022 because of COVID-19-related postponements. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 shots.

 

Winnipeg plays the final game of its lengthy trip Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

 

“It's a frustrating loss for sure. The schedule is going to get harder and harder," Jets center Pierre-Luc Dubois said. "We have a back-to-back in 22 hours, which I’ve never had in my life, except maybe in juniors.”

 

Boston’s leading scorer, Brad Marchand, surprisingly returned to the lineup Saturday after leaving Thursday’s game with an apparent right shoulder injury when he was hit from behind into boards by Washington’s Garnet Hathaway, a check that Boston coach Bruce Cassidy felt was a “cheap” play.

 

Cassidy said on Friday that Marchand would be out at least one game.

 

The winger got a huge ovation when he was announced in the starting lineup.

 

“It's been a little bit of whirlwind," Marchand said. "I didn't expect to play today either. I have to give our training staff a ton of credit. They threw everything at it. This morning it felt a little better and I jumped on the ice and it felt OK.”

 

In the third period, and with Adam Lowry off for interference, Pastrnak one-timed Matt Grzelcyk’s pass into the net from the left circle for his 10th goal in the last 10 games.

 

“We rely on him for that shot and he came through for us,” Cassidy said.

 

The Jets had a 6-on-4 advantage for the final 1:27 of the game with their goalie pulled and Boston's Tomas Nosek off for high-sticking.

 

“We know how to play winning hockey over the years,” Cassidy said of the third period. “We have guys that have been here and done it.”

 

The Jets are 3-3-1 in their current road trip to start 2022. They hope to finish the stretch above .500 on Sunday.

 

“It would be a nice way to close out the trip and go home to Winnipeg and play in an empty building,” Jets forward Blake Wheeler said.

 

In the first period, Harkins’ wrister from the left circle ticked off Rask’s glove into the net, making it 1-0 at 2:46.

 

Steen collected a loose puck in front and tied it with about 8 minutes left in the first, but Mark Scheifele’s cross-ice pass hit off Copps’ skate and then caromed into the net off the skate of Bruins defenseman Urho Vaakanainen with only 26 seconds left in the first.

 

Coyle tipped in Derek Forbort’s shot from the point, tying it at 2 just 2:31 into the second.

 

MAYBE ANOTHER DAY

 

Winger Steven Fogarty was set to make his Bruins debut before Marchand felt he was good to play. The 28-year-old Fogarty has played 27 games in his NHL career, scoring one goal in his time with the Rangers and Sabres. He was recalled from club’s AHL affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island, where he scored eight goals in 26 games this season.

 

The team’s pregame TV broadcast even highlighted Fogarty’s upcoming debut during warmups.

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Game # 39

 

Bos 3 Ducks 5

 

Terry scores team-leading 23rd goal, Ducks beat Bruins 5-3

 

By AP
Updated: 7 hours ago
 

BOSTON -- — Troy Terry scored his team-leading 23rd goal, Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and set up another, and the Anaheim Ducks cooled off the Boston Bruins with a 5-3 victory Monday night.

 

Isac Lundestrom, Derek Grant and Greg Pateryn also scored for the Ducks, who won for the fourth time in 11 games. John Gibson made 23 saves and Hampus Lindholm had three assists.

 

“We came out with a little of an in-your-face attitude,” Getzlaf said.

 

David Pastrnak scored his 20th goal for Boston, with 12 coming in 13 games this month. Taylor Hall added a power-play goal and Erik Haula scored late for the Bruins, who had gone 10-2 since New Year’s Day.

 

Boston netminder Tuukka Rask struggled, stopping 22 shots. It was his first time making two straight starts since re-signing with the team after offseason hip surgery.

 

Rask has played poorly in two of his four starts.

 

“Obviously, you don't expect it. You're a proud player and you set your expectations high,” he said. “Obviously, I haven't been good enough.”

 

Boston coach Bruce Cassidy thinks it will take a while for Rask to get his timing back.

 

“He's not where he needs to be,” Cassidy said. “I think that's evident and we didn't think he would be. You need seven, eight games.”

 

Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins missed his second consecutive game after he tested positive for COVID-19. Assistant coach Geoff Ward ran the team.

It was the Ducks' second straight win after losing four straight.

 

“When you're sick of losing, you find a way to win hockey games,” Ward said.

 

With Oskar Steen off for boarding — a penalty that was switched from a major to a minor after a video review — Grant gave Anaheim a 1-0 edge when he tipped Getzlaf’s shot from the right point midway into the opening period.

 

Rask gave up a soft short-handed goal when Lundestrom skated down the right wing, cut toward the net and slid a seemingly harmless backhand that slipped between the goalie’s pads 1:28 into the second.

 

“Just a terrible goal,” Rask said.

 

Pastrnak then one-timed Tomas Nosek’s cross-ice pass by Gibson from the left circle, slicing it to 2-1 at 7:47. Getzlaf fired a wrister over Rask’s right shoulder from the left circle just more than three minutes later.

 

There was a slight smattering of “We Want Swayman!” from the crowd that echoed around the balcony, referring to promising young goaltender Jeremy Swayman, who was sent to the AHL when the Bruins re-signed Rask.

 

“Tuukka's been off for a while. I don't think there's any scouting reports right now," Getzlaf said.

 

Hall redirected Brad Marchand’s pass into the net from the edge of the crease with just more than four minutes left in the second.

Terry and Pateryn put it away with third-period goals.

 

Game notes


Pastrnak reached 20 goals for the sixth consecutive season. 

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