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Game # 13

 

Bruins 3 Blues 1

 

Bergeron leads Bruins to 3-1 win over slumping Blues

 
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Updated: 7 hours ago

BOSTON -- — Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal with 7:15 remaining and the Boston Bruins beat the slumping St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Monday night.

 

Trent Frederic and Jake DeBrusk also scored for Boston, and Brad Marchand had two assists. Linus Ullmark finished with 25 saves as the Bruins improved to 7-0-0 at home and won for the eighth time in nine games overall.

“It wasn’t necessarily their best or our best but it was one of those things where it was a grind of a game and we found a way to get through it,” DeBrusk said.

 

Brayden Schenn scored and Jordan Binnington had 34 saves in the Blues' seventh straight loss — all in regulation.

 

With the score tied 1-1 deep into the third period, St. Louis captain Ryan O'Reilly was whistled for tripping with 8:28 left to put the Bruins on the power play, and they capitalized.

 

Binnington stopped two shots by Marchand and managed to cover a rebound during an extended scrum in front of the net. However, the Bruins won the faceoff and worked the puck around to Bergeron in the slot for a one-timer that put Boston back on top with his fifth of the season.

 

“I think it’s always fitting that Bergeron comes through,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. “There’s not enough words that I can say about how much he means to the team culture and to the team productivity. He’s a player that gets the job done night in and night out.”

 

Frederic helped seal it with 3:32 left with his third.

 

The Blues had a pair of power-play opportunities in the first eight minutes of the game but couldn't capitalize, finishing with just five shots on goal in the period.

 

“We just didn’t create enough momentum for the team in the first period. The second period, we were better. I thought the whole night we worked, we competed,” Schenn said. “In the D-zone, we got running around there in the third. They kind of took it to us quite a bit obviously and they were able to capitalize and win the game."

 

The Bruins led 1-0 after DeBrusk scored on a power play with 6:26 left in the first period, taking a backhand feed from Pastrnak in the slot and slipping it between Binnington’s legs for his fifth.

 

Schenn tied it for St. Louis on a one-timer with 8:23 left in the second off a crossing pass from Jordan Kyrou. It was his third. Former Bruins defenseman Torey Krug also assisted on the goal.

The Bruins scored on both of their power-play opportunities and killed off all three chances when the Blues had the advantage.

 

“The effort’s there. We showed up tonight. We competed hard. That’s a good team over there,” Schenn said. “We’ve just got to find a way to score goals and get the results we want.”

 

WE'RE SORRY

 

Earlier Monday, Bruins president Cam Neely said the club “dropped the ball” in signing Mitchell Miller without properly vetting the decision to bring the 20-year-old defenseman on board despite a conviction for bullying a Black classmate with developmental disabilities in middle school.

 

The Bruins drew widespread criticism before rescinding the offer Sunday night, then held a news conference Monday when Neely apologized to the victim and his family.

 

“I’m extremely upset that we have made a lot of people unhappy with our decision,” Neely said. “I take pride in the Bruins organization and what we stand for. And we failed there.”

 

 

Blues LW Brandon Saad was back on the ice for the first time since an upper-body injury caused him to miss six straight games.

 

PRODUCTION

 

Marchand’s assists gave him seven points (four goals, three assists) in five games since returning early from hip surgery.

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Game # 14

 

Bos 3 Flames 1

 

McAvoy scores in season debut, Bruins beat skidding Flames

 
Updated: 5 hours ago

BOSTON -- — Charlie McAvoy scored the go-ahead goal in his season debut and the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins remained perfect on home ice, beating the skidding Calgary Flames 3-1 Thursday night.

 

Linus Ullmark made 31 saves and Connor Clifton also scored as the Bruins improved to 8-0-0 at TD Garden. David Pastrnak added an empty-net goal for Boston, which is 12-2-0 overall.

 

“Calgary came at us. It’s the most physical game we’ve been in,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. “I liked the way we responded to their physicality. I just like the way we keep finding ways to win hockey games.”

 

Noah Hanifin scored for the Flames, who dropped their seventh straight.

 

Calgary swarmed the Bruins early, holding them without a shot during the first seven minutes. The Flames scored at the tail end of a power play as Hanifin got his first goal of the season at 4:43 of the opening period.

Clifton followed up his own shot at 16:38 to tie it.

 

“The rebound was there and I was fortunate,” he said.

 

McAvoy’s goal came at 18:27 of the second with traffic in front of Calgary goalie Dan Vladar, who finished with 24 saves.

 

“We did a good job getting possession. It was a good pass by (Pavel Zacha) to find me in the seam. I just wanted to catch and shoot it and it happened to go in,” McAvoy said.

 

McAvoy, the Bruins' top defenseman, was expected to be off the ice for six months after undergoing shoulder surgery in June.

 

“Not having a preseason to get ready, I was definitely nervous all day. But it was a good kind of nervous,” McAvoy said.

 

The 24-year-old blueliner had 10 goals and 56 points in 78 games last season, including 21 points on the power play.

 

“What a deserving guy. We’re really lucky to have him back,” Clifton said.

 

McAvoy played 18:53. He averaged a team-high 25 minutes of ice time last season.

 

“It’s a lot of fun to watch,” Montgomery said. “A lot more fun to coach him than against him."

 

 

Game notes


Clifton and McAvoy became the 17th and 18th players to score goals for the Bruins this season. … With McAvoy reinstated off long-term injured reserve, the Bruins waived defenseman Mike Reilly with the intention of sending him to Providence of the AHL. … Milan Lucic, who won a Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011, returned with the Flames.

 

The 34-year-old Lucic is in his fourth season with Calgary. … The Flames started the season with five wins in their first six games. They fell to 5-5-2 overall after dropping all three games on their road trip. … Calgary entered ranked fourth in the NHL in shots per game (36.9). The Flames outshot the Bruins 37-22. … Boston is 6-0-0 against Western Conference opponents. ... The teams combined to go 0 for 11 on the power play.

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Game # 15

 

Bos 3 Buff 1

 

Bergeron scores twice as Bruins beat Sabres 3-1

 

Updated: 6 hours ago

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- — Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and Keith Kinkaid made 30 saves, leading the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

 

Jakub Zboril scored his first NHL goal for Boston, and Brad Marchand had two assists. The Bruins won for the 10th time in 11 games.

 

It was Kinkaid's first game with Boston. He made 20 of his saves in the first two periods.

 

“They came out early and often, so it was good to get into the game right away and see some far shots,” Kinkaid said. “We prevailed in the end, not the best first two periods but I just wanted to give my team a shot and they did the rest.”

 

Kinkaid, who signed with the Bruins in July as a free agent, replaced backup Jeremy Swayman, who is week to week with an undisclosed injury.

 

“You look at what we’re doing on the ice and it’s incredible depth,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. “You’ve got to give credit to our pro scouts who went and signed Keith Kinkaid and the depth we have through our organization.”

Bergeron closed it out when he scored with 1:49 remaining in the third period. It was his seventh goal of the season.

 

Tage Thompson scored his 11th goal in Buffalo’s fifth consecutive loss. Craig Anderson made 27 saves.

 

“We’ve got a group that — I’ve said it before — they’re not happy,” Sabres coach Don Granato said.

 

“That’s a really good thing for us, is we brought in competitive people. ... When this stuff happens, they don’t like it. They want to fix it.”

 

Thompson put the Sabres in front with a short-handed goal 5:17 into the first, extending his point streak to four games.

 

“Tage is a one-man wrecking crew out there,” Anderson said. “When the puck’s on his stick, you know something explosive is going to happen.”

 

Boston’s league-leading penalty kill stopped all three Sabres power plays, including two in the second period after back-to-back penalties on defenseman Charlie McAvoy.

 

“It wasn’t a Picasso moment out there in the first two periods besides the special teams and our goaltender,” Montgomery said.

 

Bergeron tied it at 1 with 1:09 left in the second. The captain scored a power-play goal from his knees when he put a rebound of a Jake DeBrusk shot past Anderson.

 

Zboril put Boston ahead to stay with 7:29 left in the third with a screened shot from the blue line.

 

Sabres captain Kyle Okposo was sidelined by a lower-body injury. He missed practice on Friday and did not participate during Saturday’s morning skate. He is listed as day to day. He was replaced in the lineup by rookie Jack Quinn.

 

ZBORIL MAKES HISTORY

 

Jakub Zboril became the first defenseman in Bruins history to have his first career goal stand as the game-winner.

 

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I have no idea how they keep winning.  I watched the entire game Saturday and they were very very lucky.  Hit posts by the Sabres and Boston was outplayed yet they sucked out. Luck is on their side.  They do not strike fear in you like McDavid can with Edmonton.  They just have luck and goaltending on their side. 

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Game # 16

 

Bos 5 Van 2

 

Bruins improve to team-record 9-0 at home, beat Canucks

 
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Updated: 8 hours ago

BOSTON -- — Patrice Bergeron scored his third goal in two days and the Boston Bruins set a team record with their ninth straight home win to start the season, beating the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Sunday night.

The Bruins bettered the team's 8-0 start at the old Boston Garden in 1983-84.

 

“I think everyone’s contributing and playing for the team. I think that’s the biggest thing right now,” Bergeron said.

 

Brad Marchand got his fifth goal in just eight games this season, Connor Clifton and Pavel Zacha also scored and Tomas Nosek added an empty-net goal with 1:58 remaining.

The Bruins have won four in a row and 11 of 12 to improve to 14-2-0.

 

Bergeron had two goals in a 3-1 win at Buffalo on Saturday when the Bruins needed a pair of goals in the third to hold off the struggling Sabres.

 

“We talked about that. We wanted to have a better start, a better effort. I thought tonight was much better,” Bergeron said.

 

Hampus Lindholm had three assists and David Pastrnak had a pair of assists, setting up Bergeron and Marchand for one-timers as the Bruins top line led the way.

 

J.T. Miller scored his second goal in as many games and Sheldon Dries also scored for Vancouver, which lost its third straight. Thatcher Demko stopped 27 shots for Vancouver, which fell to 1/3 on a five-game road trip.

 

In addition to his assists, Pastrnak drew a pair of tripping penalties from the Canucks. Late in the first period, he wound up for a slap shot, then slipped the puck to Bergeron in the slot for a tip-in that put Boston up 2-1. Bergeron scored twice Saturday night in a 3-1 win at Buffalo.

 

Both teams went 2 for 6 on the power play. Vancouver coach Bruce Boudreau said the Canucks gave the Bruins too many chances, including two delay of game penalties on botched clearing attempts and another for playing with a broken stick.

 

“It makes it an awful difficult time,” Boudreau said. “It seems every time you take a dumb penalty or a needless penalty, those are the ones that are scored on.”

 

After a give-and-go by Lindholm and Zacha put the Bruins up 3-1, Pastrnak set up Marchand with a crossing pass late in the second for Marchand's fifth goal since returning from offseason hip surgery.

 

The Bruins were up 4-1 until Dries scored with a shot from the side of the net made it in 4:34 into the third. Only two seconds remained on a high-sticking penalty to Boston’s Jakub Zboril when the Canucks picked up their second power-play goal of the game. Entering Sunday, the Bruins had killed 12 straight penalties over the previous three games.

 

Boston’s streak came to an end 9:05 into the first when Miller beat goaltender Linus Ullmark on a breakaway. The Canucks were up a skater as Tomas Nosek served an instigator penalty after a fight with Kyle Burroughs, who had just leveled Pastrnak with a hard hit.

 

"Every night he brings it. It was so fun to see him go out there and stand up for Pasta and then also get the goal," Lindholm said.

 

The fight didn’t last long and tensions continued to build. A.J. Greer laid out Vancouver's Vasily Podkolzin with a hit at center ice, then both started swinging. Greer landed several clean shots to Podkolzin’s face, which was bleeding as he was led back to the bench to the cheers of Bruins fans. Podkolzin did not return.

 

Bergeron said Nosek inspired his teammates when he went right after Burroughs following the hit on Pastrnak. He was rewarded near the end when he fired a shot from just in front Ullmark into the net at the other end of the ice.

“You could see on the bench. Everyone was super happy for him. It’s well deserved,” Bergeron said.

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1 hour ago, Hockey Junkie said:

I have no idea how they keep winning.  I watched the entire game Saturday and they were very very lucky.  Hit posts by the Sabres and Boston was outplayed yet they sucked out. Luck is on their side.  They do not strike fear in you like McDavid can with Edmonton.  They just have luck and goaltending on their side. 

 

 

Bruins have scored the most goals in the NHL so far with 64, in 16 games played.

 

Edm has 59 goals scored, also in 16 games. When you average 4 goals per game, that's not luck, it's skill and depth.

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15 minutes ago, Brewin Flames said:

 

 

Bruins have scored the most goals in the NHL so far with 64, in 16 games played.

 

Edm has 59 goals scored, also in 16 games. When you average 4 goals per game, that's not luck, it's skill and depth.

What is up with Calgary?  I expect them to do better

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Game # 17

 

Bos 4 Flyers 1

 

David Krejci scores twice in 3rd, Bruins beat Flyers 4-1

Updated: 6 hours ago

BOSTON -- — David Krejci scored twice in the third period and the surging Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Thursday night.

 

“I know that if I’m on top of my game that I can help the team offensively and put some points on the board,” said Krejci, who rejoined Boston after sitting out last season. “When I feel better, good things happen.”

Boston scored three times in the final period, with Krejci getting his third and fourth goals of the season.

 

“We kept building our game and took over in the third period and finished the job,” Krejci said.

 

Tomas Nosek scored for the second straight game and Jake DeBrusk also had a goal to help the Bruins win their fifth straight and improve to 10-0 at home. Linus Ullmark stopped 22 shots for his 12th victory in 12 starts.

 

“Obviously, there are always going to be moments when there’s breakdowns. Teams are good and, in some cases, great in this league,” Ullmark said. “There are opportunities for them to score but my job is to stop the puck.”

 

Boston has won 15 of its first 17 games.

 

“It’s hard to win one game. To win this many games is crazy. No one expected that,” Krejci said. “But we’re staying even keeled and focused on the task at hand. We’ve been going a good job at doing that. We always put the game behind us and move on.”

 

Nick Foligno registered two assists for the Bruins, giving him 300 for his career.

 

Owen Tippett scored on a power-play for Philadelphia, and Carter Hart made 28 saves. The Flyers have dropped five straight.

 

“We’re going to have to find a way to make more plays to get going offensively,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said. “For a lot of minutes, I thought we checked well. We need the guys who can make plays make the plays when they’re there.”

Tippett cut it to 2-1 midway through the third, but Krejci countered 16 seconds later.

 

Game notes


Tortorella coached his 1,400th NHL game. The Boston product became the first American-born NHL coach to reach the mark. … The Bruins staged their annual Military Appreciation Night. The players commemorated the occasion by wearing camouflage jerseys during pregame warmups that were scheduled to be auctioned off to benefit the team’s charitable foundation.

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Game # 18

 

Bos 6 Hawks 1

Bruins tie NHL mark for home start; beat Blackhawks, 6-1

 

Updated: 13 hours ago

BOSTON -- — David Pastrnak scored two goals as the Boston Bruins tied the NHL record for most consecutive home wins to open a season with 11 by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 on Saturday night.

Patrice Bergeron, Jake DeBrusk, Taylor Hall and David Krejci also scored, and Charlie McAvoy had four assists to help Boston equal the season-opening home mark set by the Blackhawks in 1963-64 and matched by the Florida Panthers last season.

 

It was the sixth straight victory for the Bruins (16-2-0). Boston hits the road for two games this week — against Tampa Bay and Florida — before returning home to host Carolina for its annual Black Friday matinee.

 

“It's unfathomable that we were going to have this start,” Boston's first-year coach Jim Montgomery said. “So we're enjoying the ride right now, but we know our schedule is getting really hard. It's nice to be part of the record books.”

 

Behind a fired-up TD Garden crowd that broke into numerous chants of “Let’s Go Bruins,” Boston jumped to a 2-0 edge early in the second period en route to matching its season-high for goals in a game.

 

“You can see how close everyone is in this room, how everyone plays for each other," McAvoy said. “We're pulling from experiences we've had so far. ... It's a great attitude and vibe in the room right now. We've just got to ride these waves.”

Playing his first game since leaving with a left knee injury from a collision with Bergeron, Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman made 17 saves.

 

“It's been great," Bergeron said. “We're trying to focus on what brings success right now, and be in the moment.”

 

Taylor Raddysh scored a power-play goal for Chicago and Petr Mrazek stopped 37 shots. The Blackhawks have lost three straight.

 

“I don't think anyone is lacking a lot of confidence, but when goals start going in maybe guys are not making as much of confident plays,” Chicago defenseman Connor Murphy said.

 

With Boston on the power play, Pastrnak took a cross-ice from Brad Marchand just inside the right circle and slipped a wrister that slipped under the pads of Mrazek 4:53 into the game.

 

The Bruins led 1-0 after one period and it could have been a lot more because they outshot Chicago 15-3 and had a handful of excellent close chances.

Bergeron one-timed McAvoy’s pass inside the left post, making it 2-0 at 4:28 of the second.

 

Raddysh, positioned in the slot, tipped Max Domi’s shot into the net for a power-play score that sliced it to 2-1

 

But DeBrusk and Krejci scored a little over a minute apart late in the second, making it 4-1. Pastrnak’s second came midway into the third.

 

“Credit to them, they play fast and they capitalize on those chances,” Blackhawks defenseman Jarred Tinordi said. “We didn't take care of the puck tonight and it hurt us.”

 

HOW THE WEST WAS WON

 

The Bruins improved to 8-0 against Western Conference teams.

 

 

 

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Game # 19

 

Bos 5 Bolts 3

 

Bergeron gets 1,000th point, streaking Bruins beat Lightning

 
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Updated: 8 hours ago

TAMPA, Fla. -- — Patrice Bergeron got his 1,000th career point with a second-period assist and the Boston Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 Monday night for their seventh straight win.

 

Bergeron became the fourth Boston player and 94th in NHL history to reach the milestone with the second assist on Brad Marchand’s goal at 15:08 that gave the Bruins a 4-1 lead.

 

Marchand immediately pointed at Bergeron after scoring his goal and the Boston bench emptied to celebrate with the 37-year-old center along the boards.

 

“That was probably the most special thing about it,” Bergeron said. “All the guys kind of jump on and share that with them. It's great. That's something I will remember for a long time.”

 

The other Boston players to reach 1,000 points are Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012), who was at the game as a Lightning radio broadcaster. Bergeron is the 41st player to have 1,000 points with one franchise.

 

“The players love him," Boston coach Jim Montgomery said. “I joked around the other day, I'm like, if he had any kind of cheat in his game he might have 1,200 points already, or 1,300. He's just so dedicated to playing the game the right way and helping the team have success."

 

Montgomery compared Bergeron, a five-time Selke Trophy winner as the league's top defensive forward, to Montreal great Bob Gainey.

 

“I think historically Bob Gainey's been the best defensive player in the game,” Montgomery said. “I had the fortune of watching him in his hey-day with Montreal. What Patrice has done as a center, there is so much more responsibility, he might go ahead of Bob as the greatest of all-time.”

 

David Krejci, Nick Foligno, Charlie Coyle and David Pastrnak also scored for the Bruins, who improved to 17-2. Linus Ullmark made 32 saves.

 

Boston needs two wins to match the 1929-30 Bruins squad that started the season a franchise-best 19-2.

 

Nick Paul scored twice and Rudolfs Balcers had the other Lightning goal. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 shots.

 

“That's why they're an elite team in the league, when they waned they kept it together and stuck with it,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper. “When it didn't go our way, we didn't handle it that well. Two good teams. It was a good game for the most part, but they deserved more than we did.”

 

Tampa Bay had won four in a row.

 

Foligno and Coyle scored 31 seconds apart in the second to put Boston up 3-1.

 

Foligno, who took a shot off the chin during the morning skate, had a rebound power-play goal at 5:07.

 

Coyle was credited with his in-close goal after a video review. It was originally called no-goal when the referees ruled the net had come loose before the puck cleared the goal-line.

 

Pastrnak, on the power play, and Balcers traded goals 11 seconds apart early in the third before Paul's man-advantage goal made it 5-3 at 10:38.

 

Pastrnak has 13 goals in 15 games against Vasilevskiy, and extended his point streak to seven games (four goals, 10 points).

 

Paul and Krejci had first-period goals. Krejci has four goals during a three-game goal streak.

 

Tampa Bay outshot 9-0 over the first eight minutes of the game.

 

 

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Game # 20

 

Bos 2 Panthers 5

 

Panthers score 3 in 2nd period, halt Bruins win streak at 7

Updated: 6 hours ago

SUNRISE, Fla. -- — Anton Lundell, Aleksander Barkov and Matthew Tkachuk scored in the second period as the Florida Panthers beat Boston 5-2 on Wednesday night, snapping the Bruins’ seven-game winning streak.

The Panthers took advantage of seven power-play chances by scoring three goals with the man-advantage, including two in the second period.

 

Sam Reinhart and Aaron Ekblad also scored for Florida. Spencer Knight, who spent two seasons at Boston College before joining the Panthers in 2021, made 37 saves.

 

“We needed some wins because we have been outshooting opponents and playing really well, we’re just not getting the wins,” Barkov said. “(Wednesday) we deserved to win. We played a solid game and now we just need to keep going. We know they are a really good team, and a good team for a reason. We played the best game we could play — but we can get better.”

 

Boston got goals from Charlie McAvoy and David Pastrnak. Jeremy Swayman made 26 saves.

 

Florida came into the game leading the NHL in total shots on goal and had been outshot in just three games before Boston took 15 shots on Knight in the opening period and ended the frame with a 39-29 advantage.

The Panthers took the lead on a power play goal from Reinhart 1:49 into the game on a give-and-go from Tkachuk.

 

Boston evened the score on McAvoy’s slap shot with a two-man power play advantage with 2:46 remaining in the first.

 

Florida ended up killing a four-minute penalty on Lundell at the start of the second — with Lundell giving his team the lead for good with his second goal of the season at 4:41 in the period.

The Panthers then added two more goals in the final four-plus minutes of the second to take a 4-1 lead into the third.

 

“We were better in the second and third period for sure,” Florida coach Paul Maurice said. “Boston is a dangerous team, playing with a lot of confidence. They have an awful lot of speed. We built during the game. Spencer Knight was really strong in the first period and gave you that good feeling from your goaltender and we really built off of that.”

 

Boston had a second 5-on-3 advantage in the third and again cashed in with a slap shot from the slot — this one coming from Pastrnak.

 

The Panthers, again, killed the remainder of the penalty and limited the damage.

 

With 3:54 remaining, Charlie Coyle scored, but the goal was immediately waved off due to Nick Foligno playing the puck with his hand.

 

With 2:10 left, Ekblad scored into the empty net.

This was the second seven-game winning streak of the season for Boston, with the first lasting from Oct. 20-Nov. 3; the second started Nov. 7 against Buffalo.

 

Florida entered on a three-game winless streak, with losses in four of its previous five games.

 

“We haven’t harped on it a lot, but (we have had problems with) turnovers and taking too many minor penalties,’’ Boston coach Jim Montgomery said. “I thought the first period was a really good period, and the second — until they scored the second goal — I thought we were carrying play again.”

 

Game notes


The Florida Panthers started last season with 11 consecutive home wins, tying the NHL record set by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1963. Boston, which returns home to face Carolina on Friday, has a chance to set the record as it has won its first 11 at home this season. … Boston forward Craig Smith played in his 800th NHL game on Wednesday night. Ekblad recorded his 100th NHL goal.

 

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Game # 21

 

Bos 3 Canes 2 OT

 

Bruins set NHL record: 12 straight home wins to start season

 
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David Pastrnak tallies goal for Bruins on the power play


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BOSTON -- — The Boston Bruins set the NHL record for most home victories to start a season with their 12th straight, topping the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime on Friday with a power-play goal from David Pastrnak.

The Bruins broke the mark of 11 that was set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks and equaled by the Florida Panthers last season.

 

“That felt awesome,” Bruins first-year coach Jim Montgomery said. “We talked about it after the second (period) going into the third. There’s been a lot of great teams in this league and you’re able to set a precedent, break a record. It’s pretty special and it doesn’t happen if those guys don’t believe in themselves like they do.”

 

Boston, which trailed 2-0 late in the second period, tied it with 9:33 left in regulation when David Krejci scored his second of the game on a shot from the right point.

 

“It’s never fun being down going into the third, you’re sitting in here (in the locker room) trying to figure it out,” Krejci said. “You want to come out and do the job, something special on the line. It’s hard to win in this league. To get 12 in a row at home is pretty special.”

 

In overtime, Carolina was playing shorthanded after being called for too many men on the ice when Pastrnak one-timed a pass from Brad Marchand inside the far post from above the left circle.

 

“It was a big win for us, obviously, coming from behind," Pastrnak said.

 

Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Stefan Noesen each scored a power-play goal for Carolina, and Pyotr Kochetkov made 38 saves. The Hurricanes lost their fifth straight.

 

In a rematch of last spring’s opening-round playoff series that the Hurricanes won in seven games, Carolina shutout the NHL’s highest scoring team for nearly two periods and jumped ahead a pair of power-play goals in the opening period.

“We took too many penalties. That's hurting us right now," Kotaniemi said. “I think 5-on-5 we're doing a really good job. We started good tonight and couldn't keep that up.”

 

Boston’s tying goal was originally disallowed because of goaltender interference on Nick Foligno but overturned on a coach’s challenge after it was ruled that he was nudged into the crease by Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce.

Boston starting goaltender Linus Ullmark made 28 saves but had to leave with 13:03 left in the third period with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

 

Teammate Connor Clifton had jumped on him to block a shot during a scramble. Jeremy Swayman made six stops in relief.

 

Carolina's Noesen scored at 6:34 in to make it 1-0. And with five minutes left in the period, Kotkaniemi collected the puck near the side of the net after Seth Jarvis’ shot bounced off the back glass and slipped it inside the post at 15:05.

Krejci scored for Boston with 31 seconds left in the second.

 

Boston came in with a league-high 82 goals in 20 games (4.10 per game), but it was held to relatively few chances despite getting a 5-on-3 power-play advantage early on.

 

TAKE NOTE

 

The Bruins honored captain Patrice Bergeron, who recorded his 1,000th career point when the team was on the road Monday against Tampa Bay, with a message on the Jumbotron. The crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Bergeron became just the fourth Bruin to reach the mark, joining Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012).

 

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