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Game # 15

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Horvat, Eriksson each score twice, Canucks top Bruins 8-5

Loui Eriksson scores two goals to help the Canucks defeat the Bruins in Boston 8-5.

BOSTON -- The Vancouver Canucks keep on showing that they are the surprise of the Western Conference.

Bo Horvat had two goals and two assists and the Canucks extended their winning streak to five games with an 8-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

"There is a lot of resiliency in this room," Horvat said. "We played a pretty good game in Detroit and after a tough loss like that to come back shows a lot. In preseason, people didn't think we were going to be that high-scoring of a team, but we keep proving people wrong and that's what we need to continue to do."

Canucks 2017 first round pick Elias Pettersson, despite notching an assist, built on his rookie scoring lead, giving him 17 points on the season. He is a big part of the reason the Canucks seemed to have made significant strides to start the season.

Loui Eriksson added two goals and an assist and spurred a five-goal outbust in the second period for Vancouver. Ben Hutton and Erik Gudbranson each had a goal and an assist, and Antoine Roussel and Jake Virtanen added goals for the Canucks, who have scored 26 goals in the last five games.

"I had some puck luck today probably," Eriksson said. "We know we have some young guys playing, and they are still learning, but they are handling their situations and responding well."

Jake DeBrusk scored twice, Patrice Bergeron, Matt Grzelcyk and Danton Heinen added goals, and David Krejci finished with three assists for Bruins. Boston lost for the second time at home this season and has dropped three of five overall.

Jaroslav Halak came into the game leading the NHL in save percentage, but was pulled after allowing five goals on 19 shots. His replacement, Tuukka Rask, didn't do much better, allowing three goals on the first eight shots he faced, including a misplay of a clearing attempt that led to the Canucks' seventh goal.

"I was just trying to keep it under 10," Rask said sarcastically. "Just trying to do damage control as it was kind of a crazy game."

Bergeron gave the Bruins their only lead of the game, 2-1 at 0:36 of the second, when he beat Jacob Markstrom. Markstrom made 23 saves in his sixth start of the season.

"Pucks just found a way tonight," Halak said. "Goalies have to have a short memory, so we need to regroup quickly and get ready for two tough games this weekend."

Eriksson and Hutton responded for Vancouver by scoring in a 1:26 span, and Vancouver moved ahead 3-2 at the 8:28 mark. After DeBrusk tied it at 3 at the 11 minute mark, Halak allowed another pair of goals 1:30 apart for a 5-3 lead at 14:53.

"The prior two years I don't know if we had the resiliency," Gudbranson said. "A goal goes in, something bad happens and doubt would creep in, but mentally we are much stronger this year."

Nikolay Goldobin and Markus Granlund each added two assists for the Canucks who swept the season series from Boston.

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Game # 16

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Pastrnak scores 3, Bruins beat Maple Leafs 5-1

David Pastrnak nets a hat trick to help the Bruins take down the Maple Leafs 5-1.

BOSTON -- David Pastrnak helped Boston escape a first-period onslaught with a lead, then turned the next two periods into a rout.

Pastrnak had three goals and an assist as the Bruins overcame a sluggish start and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on Saturday night.

"We talked before the game that we need to be better than what we've shown the last couple of games," said Pastrnak, who was held without a point Thursday night in the Bruins' loss to Vancouver.

Pastrnak and the rest of Boston's top line bounced back nicely against the Maple Leafs.

Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists and Brad Marchand had two assists for the Bruins, who led 1-0 after the first despite being outshot 20-6 in the opening 20 minutes.

It was the second hat trick of the season and third career for Pastrnak, Boston's 22-year-old Czech phenom who is developing into more than just a scoring threat.

"He's obviously a great talent. He's got great smarts and he's so good at getting open," Bergeron said. "When you add being tenacious on the puck and winning battles that makes a big difference."

Pastrnak took sole possession of the NHL scoring lead with 15 goals after he entered in a four-way tie for the most.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 40 shots for the Bruins, who ended Toronto's three-game winning streak and handed the Maple Leafs their first road loss of the season.

John Tavares scored the only goal for Toronto, and Garret Sparks finished with 29 saves.

Pastrnak scored twice in the second period and added his third of the night with a one-timer from the left circle with 5:56 left to play.

Joakim Nordstrom scored again for Boston just 26 seconds later to seal it for the Bruins, who won the first meeting of the Original Six rivals after going 1/3 against the Maple Leafs last season.

"We didn't get it done when we had all those opportunities early," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.

Halak got the start in the Bruins' first game since the club granted a leave of absence to Tuukka Rask for undisclosed personal reasons. Halak stopped all 20 shots he faced in the first period, keeping the Bruins in it despite a slow start.

"The shot count was in their favor by a big difference but I think in the second we evened it out pretty closely and we did a good job capitalizing on some scoring chances that we had," Boston captain Zdeno Chara said.

After Pastrnak set up Bergeron for the first goal of the game, Bergeron returned the favor 5:46 into the second with a pass from behind the net for a one-timer from the left circle to give Boston a 2-0 lead.

Pastrnak made it 3-0 on a power-play goal 10:24 into the second, tipping in a shot by Marchand after a cross-ice pass from Bergeron with 36 seconds left on a hooking penalty on Toronto's Martin Marincin.

Tavares scored for Toronto with 30 seconds left in the second period.

"We got off to a good start," Toronto's Mitch Marner said. "The second period, we gave up too many opportunities. We let them take the game to us.

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Game # 17

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Halak shuts down Golden Knights in Bruins' 4-1 win

Brad Marchand finds a bouncing puck and backhands it past Malcolm Subban to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead less than a minute into the 2nd period.

BOSTON -- After a rough couple of seasons, Jaroslav Halak is at the top of his game again.

Halak stopped 37 shots to help the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night.

"We've seen it from Day 1," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of Halak, who signed with the Bruins in July after four seasons with the New York Islanders. "I couldn't sit here and tell you that he would be leading the league in goals-against or save percentage, but the guys are just confident in front of him."

Halak had to play back-to-back games this weekend with Tuukka Rask on personal leave from the team and won both while allowing only two goals.

"I had a good sleep last night," Halak said. "It's different when you play at home and you can sleep in your own bed."

Halak was the odd man out for the New York Islanders two years ago and spent 27 games in the minors before being called back up at the end of the season. After two subpar seasons, he is in the top three in goals against and save percentage and has only one regulation loss.

David Pastrnak scored again, and Danton Heinen, Jeremy Lauzon and Brad Marchand also had goals as Boston won for the fourth time in six games. Halak has won all three starts against the Golden Knights while allowing a total of five goals.

Cody Eakin scored for Vegas and Malcolm Subban finished with 33 saves. The Golden Knights lost for the third time in four games on their road trip.

"It's tough, we got into penalty trouble there with all those 5-on-3's," Subban said. "We didn't get the results we wanted."

One day after his second hat trick of the season, Pastrnak scored on the power play for his league-leading 16th goal to cap the scoring with 3:52 left.

The Bruins had seven power plays, including three two-man advantages.

"I thought we played a couple of good games on this road trip, but tonight wasn't one of them," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said.

Heinen scored on a tip 2:54 into the game and Lauzon got the first of his career into an empty net as he took advantage of Subban's misplay off the end boards with 2:09 left in the opening period.

Marchand made it 3-0 just as a Bruins power play ended when he flipped the puck past Subban from his knees at the top of the crease 58 seconds into the second.

Eakin converted a pass from Alex Tuch with 9:05 remaining in the middle period to get Vegas on the scoreboard.

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Game # 18

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MacKinnon, Rantanen help Avs rally for 6-3 win over Bruins

Matt Calvert gets his own rebound to draw even with the Bruins, then Nathan MacKinnon rips a wrist shot past Jaroslav Halak to make it 4-3 Avalanche.

DENVER -- Mikko Rantanen got an assist for setting up the go-ahead goal. Nathan MacKinnon wanted to give him something more -- full credit.

"All Mikko there," he said.

MacKinnon scored the tiebreaking goal with 10:58 remaining on a nifty pass from Rantanen, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied past the Boston Bruins 6-3 on Wednesday night in a showdown between two of the top scoring lines in the league.

Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves and the Avalanche scored four times in the third period after trailing by two in the second.

"It's always good to beat a good team like them," MacKinnon said.

This is no line, either: Colorado took momentary bragging rights in boasting the most explosive unit in the NHL.

The Avs' top line of Gabriel Landeskog (goal), MacKinnon (goal and an assist) and Rantanen (goal and two assists) produced six points to give them a league-leading 75 for the season.

The squad outperformed the unit right behind them as the Bruins' top trio of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak combined for a goal and two assists. They ran their season total to 71 points.

From one top line to the other, Bergeron was certainly impressed.

"All three of them are great players, no question about it," Bergeron said. "They see each other well. They're tough to defend and it was a great challenge, a good matchup. It was a fun game."

Jake DeBrusk scored twice for the Bruins. Jaroslav Halak finished with 19 saves.

Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara sustained a lower-body injury in the first period and didn't return. He finished a check on Carl Soderberg along the boards and appeared to favor his left leg. After that, the Bruins were down to five defensemen.

Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said the team would have more information about Chara on Thursday.

"It seems like we're losing a guy every game," Halak said. "We need to keep playing hard and whoever comes in the lineup has to step up."

Avalanche forward Matt Calvert tied the score at 3 early in the third when he banked in a shot off the skate of a Bruins defenseman. That set the stage for MacKinnon, who used his speed to get ahead of the defense and knock in his 12th goal.

"He gave me so much room. It was a great play by (Rantanen)," MacKinnon said.

Both teams scored power-play goals in the second -- DeBrusk to give Boston a 3-1 lead and Rantanen to trim the deficit.

Colorado led 1-0 midway through the first after Landeskog scored off a backhand pass from Rantanen. The Bruins hit three posts in the period, but found the net on a tip-in from Pastrnak and 2:37 later DeBrusk cruised in all alone and juked Varlamov for a goal. The breakaway was set up by a turnover from MacKinnon as he sent an errant pass right to DeBrusk, who was trailing the play because he dropped his stick.

"I've never seen anything like that in any league," DeBrusk said. "I didn't know what happened. I just saw the puck pop out and was at the red line already so I had a good head start."

Boston and Colorado were looking forward to this matchup, given the offensive firepower of the top lines. Each coach vowed to pit them against each other as often as possible.

They did, too.

"It's a good motivating factor for MacKinnon's line and for Bergeron's line to sort of want to put a stamp on being the best one," Cassidy said.

MacKinnon and Marchand know each other quite well. Both are from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and sometimes skate together in the offseason. But they work out separately.

"Nate can't keep up. He's got to work out with someone else," Marchand joked. "He's an incredible player -- very hard to play against."

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Game # 19

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Dickinson scores in OT to lift Stars over Bruins 1-0

Stars C Mattias Janmark's shot on goal bounces out to C Jason Dickinson, who flips it in the net to give the Stars the overtime win vs. the Bruins.

DALLAS -- Ben Bishop was as much a cheerleader as a goalie for Dallas in a scoreless overtime game.

"It's like, `C'mon, let's score, guys," he said.

Jason Dickinson obliged, burying a rebound 1:34 into overtime to preserve Bishop's 23-save shutout and lift the Stars over the Boston Bruins 1-0 on Friday night.

Dickinson and Mattias Janmark led a 2-on-1 against goalie Tuukka Rask. Janmark shot from the left side, and the rebound slid to Dickinson right in front. He lifted the puck in for his fourth of the season.

"I recognized that it was a 2-on-1 and I went to open up for (Janmark)," Dickinson said. "I noticed that he was shooting, and I figured I'd go to the side that he was shooting on because there might be a rebound.

"To be able to cap that off with an overtime winner from me, it feels really good."

Rask made 36 saves in his return from a week-long leave of absence for a personal matter. The Bruins have not elaborated on the reason for Rask's leave.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy wasn't blaming Rask.

"Overtime hasn't been our friend," Cassidy said. "We don't manage the puck. We give up odd-man rushes. We don't deserve to win. Listen, you've got to defend when you don't have the puck."

Dallas won 1-0 in overtime or a shootout for the first time in franchise history. The Stars hadn't been in a scoreless overtime game since a 1-0 shootout loss to Los Angeles on March 26, 2009.

The Bruins had not ended regulation in a scoreless tie since April 12, 2012 -- a 1-0 win to open a first-round playoff series against Washington.

Bishop got his 26th career shutout. His biggest save came midway through the second, when he stopped Joakim Nordstrom's deflection.

Coach Jim Montgomery has been impressed with Dallas goalies Bishop and Anton Khudobin.

"It's a luxury," he said. "It's been the most consistent and the best part of our game. What a gritty effort"

Both sides were dealing with injuries to defenseman, so Boston had two players make their NHL debut in Jakub Zboril and Connor Clifton, and the Stars had one in Gavin Bayreuther.

"Obviously missing some bodies in the defense," Rask said. "Everybody battled. We played a solid game and resulted in one point.

Dallas almost scored 49 seconds into the game. A tip-in by Tyler Pitlick went under and behind Rask, but defenseman Torey Krug moved the puck off the goal line with his stick.

Boston's Brad Marchand had 16 of his 18 penalty minutes in the second period. He received a double minor for roughing in a fight with Radek Faksa at 7:45 and left the ice at 12:46 after drawing a slashing penalty and a misconduct.

"There were some fights out there, and guys sticking up for each other," Bishop said. "They're not all Picassos. This one was a little different."

Faksa's line held the Bruins' top line of Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak to six shots on goal.

Dallas pressured Rask with 13 shots in the third period and six more in overtime.

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Game # 20

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Karlsson, DeBrusk give Bruins 2-1 win over Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Another "JFK" may be emerging in the Bay State.

Bruins rookie forward Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson -- coaches and teammates identify him by his initials -- scored his first career goal 1:12 into the game, and Jake DeBrusk's goal less than two minutes later was all Boston needed for a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.

"It's difficult to describe," said Karlsson, who was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Nov. 9.

"It's a great feeling. It's nice to get the first one, just so you don't start thinking about it. It's nice to get that out of the way. Hopefully we can keep going from there."

Karlsson scored from near the crease after Noel Acciardi stole the puck from behind the net and flipped it in front.

"Noel made a great play," Karlsson said. "All credit to him. I just tried to put it in."

DeBrusk scored his eighth goal of the season and fifth in his last six games at 2:45 of the first period. He poked in a loose puck as it rolled into the crease off the stick of Brad Marchand for a 2-0 lead, and the Bruins made it stand up.
Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves for Boston after giving up six goals on 25 shots in a loss at Colorado on Wednesday. He is 9-3-2 in his career against the Coyotes.

Brad Richardson scored his sixth goal at 9:10 of the second period, and the Coyotes carried the play in for the rest of the period but couldn't get the equalizer.

"We had a bunch of chances and we just didn't score," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said.

Arizona went on a power play with 1:46 remaining in the game, and goalie Darcy Kuemper left the ice 20 seconds later for a 6-on-4 advantage, but Halak was up to the task.

Halak saved four shots in the final 1:03, and defenseman Jeremy Lauzon saved a potential goal when he cleared a puck away from the crease in the final seconds.

"I was just ready for the rebound," Lauzon said. "I knew there were two guys in front. I turned around and the puck was right there."

Kuemper made 20 saves in his seventh consecutive start while Antti Raanta deals with a lower-body injury. Kuemper is 0-3 in three career starts against Boston.

Arizona outshot Boston 32-22, the Bruins' lowest shot total of the season. Boston had only three shots in the second period, the first coming with 5 1/2 minutes remaining.

The Bruins, who are 3-1-1 while playing five games in eight days, will remain in Arizona until Monday before traveling to Detroit for the final stop of a four-game trip.
"I want the guys to go sit in the sun and enjoy themselves and get vitamin D," coach Bruce Cassidy said.

Halak saved a short-handed wrist shot by Michael Grabner on a 2-on-1 break two minutes into the second period to preserve the lead. Grabner leads the league with four short-handed goals and the Coyotes lead the league with 10.

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Game # 21

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Athanasiou's OT goal give Red Wings 3-2 win over Bruins

Andreas Athanasiou ties the game in the third period and then gives the Red Wings a 3-2 win in overtime against the Bruins.

DETROIT -- ��� Andreas Athanasiou has become a more consistent player this season, and the score sheet is starting to reflect it.

Athanasiou tied it midway through the third period and scored 49 seconds into overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night.

The 24-year-old Athanasiou leads Detroit with nine goals, including five with three assists in his past six games.

"Early in the season he wasn't getting points, but he probably deserved more," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think from Day 1, he's been very engaged. I thought his first practice in training camp was excellent. I think he's carried that forward."

It was the Red Wings' fifth comeback win in their last seven games.

"I think our starts aren't very good and we know that. It's something we need to work on," said Tyler Bertuzzi, who also scored. "But it shows what we have in this room to bounce back from being down and come back in games like this."

Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots for Detroit, which has won nine of 11 and is over .500 (10-9-2) for the first time this season.

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Chris Wagner scored for Boston, which lost for only the third time to the Red Wings in the last 18 meetings (15-1-2). Tuukka Rask made 24 saves.

"We had a lot of opportunities, but we didn't take advantage of them," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "There were too many times where we tried to make a pretty play or a fancy play instead of making the simple play and putting the puck on net."

Athanasiou got control of a loose puck in the slot during overtime, spun around and beat Rask.

"It was kind of just a scrum and the puck was just bouncing and I just turned and shot it," Athanasiou said. "I don't know where it went, but (I'm) happy it went in."

Athanasiou tied it 8:59 into the third when he put in the rebound of Gustav Nyquist's shot from the left circle off the rush.

Wagner made it 2-1 6:45 into the third when he tipped Sean Kuraly's shot. It was Wagner's second goal.

Forsbacka Karlsson gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 4:08 into the second period when he put in a loose puck from a goal-mouth scramble. It was Forsbacka Karlsson's second goal.

Bertuzzi tied it at 1 9:48 into the middle period when he tipped defenseman Nik Jensen's shot between Rask's pads. It was Bertuzzi's sixth goal.
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Game # 22

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Nordstrom scores in OT, Bruins beat Penguins 2-1

Joakim Nordstrom scores game winner in overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory against the Penguins.

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins were able to celebrate after overtime for just the second time this season.

Joakim Nordstrom tipped in a pass from Torey Krug 1:57 into overtime and the Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Friday night.

Jake DeBrusk also scored and Jaroslav Halak made 36 saves for the Bruins, who were coming off an overtime loss in Detroit on Wednesday and went to OT for the third time in four games.

"We talked about it. We gave up some points in OT," Halak said. "Going into OT tonight, we played hard and we played the right way."

Evgeni Malkin scored the only goal for Pittsburgh, which was trying to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month.

Tristan Jarry had 35 saves for the Penguins, getting his first start of the season one day after being recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL after the Penguins placed Matt Murray on injured reserve Thursday.

Jarry played well, but had no chance on the game-winner when Nordstrom tipped a pass from Krug into the net to end it.

"I didn't have to do much more than keep my stick on the ice," Nordstrom said.

David Pastrnak also had an assist on the overtime goal, getting to a loose puck after the Penguins got caught on an extended shift in the OT and feeding Krug with a cross-ice pass.

"We've given ourselves chances and lost a few games," Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. "I felt like we could've come out of there we two points.

The Penguins lost in OT for the second time in three games and were more upset about the points they squandered than the points they picked up in three straight.

"I don't really look at it. We're looking for wins. We have higher expectations," coach Mike Sullivan said.

Malkin put the Penguins up 1-0 on a power-play goal 6:09 into the second as Boston's David Krejci sat out a tripping minor. Kris Letang and Phil Kessel assisted on the goal for Malkin, who has a point in six straight games.

DeBrusk tied it for Boston on a slap shot with 6:20 left in the second on a give-and-go with David Krejci. Kevan Miller also assisted.

The Bruins thought they had another goal with 2:35 left in the second, when David Backes raised his arms after trying to squeeze the puck between Jarry and the post, but the referee signaled no-goal. The call was upheld after a lengthy review, drawing the ire of Boston fans who booed the officials a second time when they skated out for the third period.

Pittsburgh got a late power play when Pastrnak was called for delay of game with 9:19 left in the third after flipping the puck over the glass in the Boston zone. Halak gloved a backhand by Crosby with 8:37 on Pittsburgh's best chance before Pastrnak returned.

"There could have been easily five goals against us. Jaro was huge," DeBrusk said.

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Game # 23

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Moore's late power-play goal lifts Bruins past Canadiens

John Moore scores a late power play goal to give the Bruins a 3-2 win over the Canadiens.

MONTREAL -- A bad penalty by Jonathan Drouin in the dying minutes crushed Montreal's comeback hopes.

With Drouin in the box for high-sticking, Boston's John Moore scored a power-play goal to give the Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday night in a hard-hitting and penalty-filled affair.

"You can't take a penalty at that time of the game," coach Claude Julien said. "If he (Drouin) said that it's on him, well he's right. You have to be disciplined. We can't do those things if we want to win hockey games. "Montreal has lost four games in a row for the first time this season.

With less than six minutes remaining in a 2-2 contest, Drouin cross-checked David Backes in the face, cutting the Bruins winger below the bottom lip. The incident happened away from the run of play just minutes after the Canadiens came back from two goals down to equalize.

"He was coming at me," Drouin said about Backes. "I didn't mean to hit him in the face."

Moore scored his first goal of the season on the four-minute power play, at 17:03 of the third, and the Bruins held on for their third win in four games.

"A four-minute power play with five minutes left in a tie game is certainly a good thing to have," said Backes, who also scored and added an assist. "We made good on it. Kudos to the guys in here for staying with it. I don't mind bleeding. Bleeding's better than concussions to me. If that's what it takes to win, I'll take blood."

Jake DeBrusk also scored, Tuukka Rask made 32 saves, and David Krejci had two assists.

Drouin and Tomas Tatar scored in the third period for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 32 shots. The Canadiens have lost four straight.

Boston finished 1 for 6 with the man advantage, while Montreal was 1 for 5. Both teams combined for 30 penalty minutes.

It was the second game of a back-to-back series for both teams. Boston beat Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime on Friday, while Montreal lost 3-2 in overtime in Buffalo.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead at 13:01 of the first period when Backes swiped the puck from Jesperi Kotkaniemi at the Montreal blue line before beating Price glove side for his first goal of the season.

With the teams playing 4-on-4, DeBrusk doubled Boston's lead at 14:42 when he got behind defenseman Brett Kulak and tapped in a beautiful pass from Torey Krug.

Drouin got one back for the home team at 6:46 for his ninth of the season. Drouin beat Krug with speed in the Boston zone before squeezing a shot between Rask's pads.

Tatar got the equalizer for Montreal on the power play at 10:09 of the third. With David Pastrnak in the box for slashing, Tatar took a pass from Andrew Shaw from behind the net and roofed a one-timer past Rask.

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Marner has 3 assists as Maple Leafs beat Bruins 4-2

With the Maple Leafs on the power play, Josh Leivo gets the puck off a blocked shot and scores for the fourth time this season.

Game # 24

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TORONTO -- On a night when Patrick Marleau celebrated his 1,600th NHL game, Mitch Marner did what he does best: set up goals.

The 21-year-old winger had three assists and Marleau added another as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday.

"He has great vision out there," the 39-year-old Marleau said. "The way he skates and handles the puck, he can maneuver around guys and draw guys to him. He did that quite a bit tonight."

Igor Ozhiganov scored his first career goal, Travis Dermott netted his second and Frederik Andersen made 38 saves to earn his 13th win of the season. Josh Leivo and Zach Hyman had the other goals for the Maple Leafs (17-8-0).

David Pastrnak, who had a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Toronto on Nov. 10, scored twice for Boston (13-7-4).

Marner had two primary assists, upping his NHL-best total to 24 (he has 27 assists in all).

"He's found a nice groove here," Marleau said. "He's only going to keep getting better, I think. And that's pretty scary."

It was the 10th multi-assist game of the season for Marner, who also has six goals.

"With the puck, without the puck, he's definitely a slippery guy," said Dermott, who scored the first goal of the game off an assist from Marner. "And if you get open, he's going to find you and get the puck to you right on the tape and pretty flat. He's a guy you want to be out there with."

Each team scored twice in a frenetic second period as Boston outshot Toronto 18-9. With the Maple Leafs leading 3-2 in the third, Danton Heinen hit the post for the Bruins.

Hyman added an empty-net goal with 1:35 remaining to seal Toronto's fifth straight home win.

The Bruins lost Kevan Miller late in the first period after the defenseman took a puck to the throat off a shot by John Tavares. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said Miller went to the hospital and was to remain overnight for observation, with some swelling in the throat area.

"Right now he's out of any danger, from what we've heard," Cassidy said.

"Looks like X-rays are negative," he added. "They're going to keep him overnight for observation, make sure his breathing stays normal. Hopefully he's able to fly back (Tuesday), that's the plan."

Both teams were playing their fourth game in six nights.

The Bruins, who won 3-2 in Montreal on Saturday night, had won two straight and three of four. Toronto was coming off a 6-0 win over visiting Philadelphia on Saturday night.

Marleau became the 11th NHL player to reach 1,600 regular-season games. He has missed just 31 games over 21 seasons since making his debut on Oct. 1, 1997.

"Great, great human being," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said before the game.

"Hard worker, great pro, great person," he added. "So important for this team it's not even funny and I'm not even talking about what he does on the ice. He's fantastic."

Marleau received a standing ovation after a video tribute in the first period.

"That was amazing. It was unexpected, but it was greatly appreciated," he said.

Dermott beat Jaroslav Halak with a shot through traffic 17:44 into the game for his first of the season after the Bruins' top line couldn't clear the puck.

Boston, gaining momentum, outshot Toronto 10-0 to open the second before Toronto registered a shot midway through the period. Pastrnak, off a feed from Brad Marchand, tied it on the power play at 3:39

The Bruins hit another post on the power play later in the second. Seconds later, with the penalty over, a freewheeling Marner found Ozhiganov cruising in from the point and his shot banked in off a Boston body at 13:06.

Pastrnak tied it at 14:22, taking Torey Krug's nifty pass to the side of the net before slotting it past Andersen to increase his season total to 19.

Leivo put Toronto ahead 3-2 on the power play at 18:38, banging home Tyler Ennis' rebound after a rush by Marner.

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Game # 25

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Donato nets shootout winner in return, Bruins best Isles 2-1

Ryan Donato fakes out Robin Lehner and backhands one home to give the Bruins a 2-1 win over the Islanders in a shootout.

BOSTON -- Ryan Donato knew he couldn't afford to let a golden opportunity to get himself back into the fold pass him by.

Donato, recalled Wednesday after a demotion to Providence of the AHL, grabbed the puck and charged toward the net on the Boston Bruins' fourth attempt in a shootout Thursday night.

The 22-year-old left wing deked right and tucked the puck past New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner to give Boston a 2-1 win.

Donato hopes that will be enough to earn himself another extended look with the big club.

"It was big. You want to make sure you have an immediate impact on the game, show the coaches and staff that you developed in your time (at Providence)," Donato said. "I tried to do that to the best of my abilities, and hopefully I proved that to them today."

Donato was sent to Providence on Nov. 1 after a disappointing start to his second NHL season, scoring just one goal in 11 games. The former Harvard standout had five goals and four assists in 12 games a season ago.

"We know he can score, so he was going to be in the rotation. We just weren't sure where," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Clearly Tuukka (Rask) obviously gave him that chance to go, and he took advantage of it."

Rask stymied the Islanders with 28 saves and Brad Marchand scored in regulation for the Bruins, who ended up in their first shootout this season.

Anders Lee had a goal and Lehner made 35 saves for the Islanders, who lost their second straight game.

Lehner allowed just one goal in regulation after giving up three or more in four consecutive starts.

"Tuukka had a great game and kept us out of it, but so did Lehnny," Lee said. "He played an incredible game. It comes down to the shootout, one of those things. Worst-case scenario, (it's) a point on the road."

New York had a goal waved off with 3:47 to play in overtime after Anthony Beauvillier fell behind Rask in the crease before Mathew Barzal flipped the puck over the goaltender.

Lee, the Islanders' captain, netted his eighth goal of the season with 7:43 left in the first period, poking a rebound through Rask's pads after Scott Mayfield sent the puck on net from the right circle.

Lee's goal came seconds after a delayed penalty drawn by Barzal.

Marchand tied it for Boston with 7:51 to play in the second following Nick Leddy's high-sticking penalty. Marchand rocketed a one-timer from the right circle off a feed from David Pastrnak.

Marchand's tally snapped a seven-game goal drought and was his first since scoring once in a 4-1 win against Vegas on Nov. 11.

The Islanders and Bruins meet twice more this season, next on Feb. 5 in Boston.

Game notes

The Bruins retired longtime right wing Rick Middleton's No. 16 before the game. Middleton, nicknamed "Nifty," spent 12 seasons (1976-88) with Boston and ranks third in team history in goals (402) and fourth in points (898).

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Game # 26

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Nielsen, Howard help Red Wings beat Bruins 4-2

Frans Nielson finds the back of the net to put the Red Wings ahead in their 4-2 win over the Bruins.

BOSTON -- Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard looked like he had enough of Brad Marchand, looking to get at the Bruins' forward after getting slashed.

The rest of his Red Wings teammates had enough of losing in Boston, too.

Frans Nielsen scored his first goal of the season to break a tie with 8:07 left in the third period and Howard made 37 saves, lifting the surging Red Wings past the Bruins 4-2 on Saturday night.

It snapped Detroit's nine-game losing streak in TD Garden. It was the Red Wings' first win here since Oct. 14, 2013. Also, the Bruins had gone 15-1-2 in their last 18 games overall against Detroit.

"It's been a tough place for us to play; really to come up with a point," said Howard, who tried to square off with Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask after the exchange with Marchand.

Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin had second-period goals, and Gustav Nyquist added an empty-netter for the Red Wings, who improved 11-4-1 in their last 16 games after opening the season with just one win (1-7-2) in their first 10.

"This team's done a lot where they've been physically intimadating over the years," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said "We want to do that. We have some bigger bodies now."

The Bruins were still trying to match the Red Wings' hard checking despite missing two of their bigger defensemen: captain Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller, both sidelined with injuries.

"Everyone's stepping up," Marchand said. "We've still got some guys that can throw their weight around."

Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said some teams "could be" more physical against his team with some of the tougher player sidelined.

David Backes and Ryan Donato had Boston's goals, and Rask stopped 22 shots. The Bruins lost for just the third time in 12 home games this season.

Nielsen, positioned in the slot, tipped Danny DeKeyser's shot from the left point for his first goal since March 27th.

Howard and Rask nearly squared off during a second-period scrum, but were stopped by the referees.

Trailing 2-1 with the Bruins on a power play, Donato took a perfect cross-ice feed from David Pastrnak and beat Howard with a wrister inside the left post.

Recalled from the minors before Thursday's win over the New York Islanders after being sent down on Nov. 1, Donato scored the lone goal in the shootout.

The Red Wings tied it 1-1 early in the second period when Bertuzzi tipped a shot over Rask.

They took a 2-1 edge with 2:24 left in the period on Larkin's power-play goal. Seconds after Anthony Mantha fired a shot squarely off the right post, Larkin scored off a rebound out of a scramble with Rask down in front of the crease.

The Bruins had jumped ahead 1-0 on a gift goal late in the closing seconds of the opening period when Backes backhanded the puck toward the goal from along the boards and it hit Detroit defenseman Dennis Cholowski's stick before bouncing over Howard into the net.

Play became chippy late in the second period and escalated to both goaltenders leaving the crease and trying to square off during the scrum in front of the benches.

It started when Marchand and Bertuzzi were jawing behind play and became heated when Marchand slashed at Howard's blocker as the goalie was skating off for a delayed penalty. At that point, Howard tried to get at Marchand and Rask attempted skate at Howard. Both threw off their gloves and blockers, but one referee each grabbed a goalie as the rest on the ice paired off without any punches thrown.

"I was just going to go to the bench and he kind of slashed Howie," Bertuzzi said.

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Game # 27

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Luongo gets 77th shutout as Panthers blank Bruins 5-0

Mike Hoffman nets two goals in the second period and the Panthers cruise to a 5-0 win over the Bruins.

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers are glad to have Roberto Luongo back in goal.

Luongo, who returned to the lineup after missing five games with a knee injury, earned his 77th career shutout and the Panthers beat the Boston Bruins 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Luongo made 33 saves and passed Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for sole possession of ninth place on the NHL's shutout list.

"It was great for Lou to be back in there," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. "His rebound control was amazing. I'm happy for Lou -- he moved into ninth all-time and he did it in nice fashion."

Mike Hoffman scored twice. Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists, and Mike Matheson and Evgenii Dadonov also scored. Aleksander Barkov had three assists and Keith Yandle added two.

"The boys did a great job," Luongo said. "There weren't a lot of breakdowns, a lot of odd-man rushes, breakaways, stuff like that. It really helps my game when we play like that defensively and it also translates in offense for our club. Take more of those, hopefully."

The return of Luongo was a game-time decision, and it turned out to be the right call.

"It was a huge boost for the team," Hoffman said. "He's a solid goaltender. He definitely was a big part of this win."

Jaroslav Halak made 39 saves as the Panthers had a season-high 44 shots on goal. The Bruins lost for the third time in four games.

"Tonight, it was men against boys at times, it looked like," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Some of our younger players had their hands full."

Huberdeau made it 3-0. His shot from the left circle was blocked by Halak, but the puck trickled through his pads at 15:14 of the second period. Huberdeau has six consecutive multipoint games, one short of the franchise record set by Pavel Bure.

"Everything is working right now. It's unbelievable," Huberdeau said. "I want to try to keep it simple out there and it's been working. I just want to keep doing that game after game."

Hoffman's second goal with five seconds left in the second on a power play made it 4-0. Hoffman has 26 points in his last 24 games.

"Tonight, we just didn't execute in the second period and that cost us the game," Halak said. "And we just have to regroup. That's the bottom line. We need to find a way to win."

Dadonov's power-play goal with 5:34 remaining in the third made it 5-0.

Hoffman scored the first goal of the night. With traffic in front, Halak lost track of the puck, which was sitting on his left side at the goal line until Hoffman poked it in at 4:21 of the second.

Matheson gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead when he brought the puck down the length of the ice and beat Halak on the stick side with a shot from the right circle at 13:13.

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Game # 28

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Lightning beat Bruins 3-2 for 5th consecutive win

Mathieu Joseph fakes right and scores left early in the third, and later Anthony Cirelli nets the third and final goal to give Lightning a 3-2 win over the Bruins.

TAMPA, Fla. -- It was a pair of players in their first full NHL season that sent the Tampa Bay Lightning to their latest victory.

Mathieu Joseph and Anthony Cirelli scored early in the third period and the Lightning won their fifth consecutive game by beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Thursday night.

"It's hard to play with a team with four lines rolling like this," Joseph said. "We're a team that has a lot of depth and it's huge."

After Joseph scored at 2:40, Cirelli put home a short-handed backhand 1:23 later to make it 3-1.

Lightning star Steven Stamkos didn't get an assist on Cirelli's goal but played a key role by swatting the puck out of danger in the defensive zone with his glove after losing his stick. The puck went to Cirelli off a Boston player.

"I just saw a chance and went for it," Cirelli said.

Boston pulled to 3-2 on David Krejci's goal with 1:45 remaining.

Brayden Point also scored and Louis Domingue made 33 saves for the Lightning, who have the NHL's best record at 22-7-1.

David Pastrnak had a goal for Boston, and Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots. The Bruins have lost three in a row and four of five.

Boston was coming off a dismal 5-0 loss Tuesday night at Florida.

"Tonight is a little more disappointing (than frustrating), to be honest with you," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We were right there."

Point got his 21st goal, including seven over his last eight games, to tie it 1-all with 5:01 left in the first. Nikita Kucherov set up the goal with a backhand pass and has 20 assists and 25 points in his last 12 games.

Pastrnak got his 20th goal in his 28th game this season on a rebound 2:04 in. Jaromir Jagr -- on four occasions -- is the only Czech-born player to reach the 20-goal mark in fewer games.

Domingue made a pad save on a late first-period breakaway by Pastrnak, who went to his backhand.

"I was pretty lucky," Domingue said. "I probably should have known that he didn't have the room to cut to his forehand. Sometimes you've got to be lucky to be good."

Pastrnak also had an assist.

Boston activated defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who had been sidelined since Oct. 20 due to a concussion. The injury-depleted Bruins are still without center Patrice Bergeron (ribs), and defensemen Zdeno Chara (lower body), Kevan Miller (throat) and Urho Vaakanainen (concussion).

"We weren't quite there yet, but much better than Florida," Cassidy said. "We had a few passengers. You can't afford that against the No. 1 team."

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Game # 29

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Krejci moves up Bruins' scoring list in 6-3 win over Leafs

Brad Marchand sends a pass to David Backes, who snaps a wrist shot past Frederik Andersen for the power play goal, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins were tired of being pushed around.

David Krejci had a goal and assist to move past Hall of Famer Cam Neely for 10th on the Bruins' all-time scoring list, and Boston snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Earlier in the week, Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said teams "could be" playing more physical against his more skilled players with a pair of bigger defensemen -- Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller -- sidelined by injuries. They seemed to respond.

"That's how we were going to win tonight," Bruins defenseman Torey Krug said. "We had that edge and I think it brought a lot to the table. You look at our lineup and I think that's what we need right now. We're bringing that to the table. We need that to win."

Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, David Backes, Ryan Donato, Danton Heinen and Krug also scored for the Bruins. Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots.

Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen was pulled early in the third after giving up six goals on 28 shots. He entered with an 11-1 record and 2.08 goals against in his career against Boston. Auston Matthews, Travis Dermott and Andreas Johnsson each had a goal.

The game became more heated after Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy took what the Bruins felt was a late hit by Zach Hyman midway into the third. McAvoy missed 20 games with a concussion before returning earlier this week.

"You hate to see that," said teammate Matt Grzelcyk, who fought with Hyman. "Hopefully Charlie's okay."

The Maple Leafs felt the extra hitting early.

"That's hockey, and it's our job to respond to that," Matthews said. "Obviously they made a push back and we didn't respond."

Leading 1-0, the Bruins appeared to be more physical and determined when they scored twice in the second period.

Less than a minute after McAvoy hit the post -- Boston's second shot off iron in about a 3 1/2-minute span -- Brad Marchand set up Backes in the slot, where he fired a rising shot past Andersen's glove and inside the right post for a power-play goal at 8:54.

Krug's first goal first of the season made it 3-0 just under nine minutes later. After a flurry of chances, he scored on a wrister from the left point.

Heinen collected a puck along the boards early in the third, split a pair of Toronto players before flipping a shot over Andersen to make it 4-0 at 1:47.

Dermott beat Halak with a shot from the mid-slot area 4:03 into the third, but Krejci made it 5-1 only 34 seconds later. Donato scored at 6:13, sending Andersen to the bench to a chorus of jeers and cheers. Garret Sparks replaced him and stopped all four shots he faced.

Toronto has allowed 11 total goals in its last two games.

"We talked about the importance of defending. It's just going out there and executing," center John Tavares said. "It's difficult to do it over 82 games. There's adversity you face."

The Bruins had taken a 1-0 edge 11:20 into the game when Forsbacka-Karlsson redirected a pass and tapped in his own rebound.

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Game # 30

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Krug scores in OT to lift Bruins over Senators 2-1

David Krejci skates around back of the net and feeds Torey Krug for a game-winning goal to lift the Bruins past the Senators, 2-1.

OTTAWA, Ontario -- Torey Krug felt like the Boston Bruins were "still in their pre-game nap" during their game against the Ottawa Senators.

Tuukka Rask helped the Bruins stick around, and Krug gave Boston the jolt it needed for a road victory.

Krug took a cross-crease pass from David Krejci and beat Mike McKenna with a one-timer 3:07 into overtime to lift the Bruins over the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Sunday night.

"It was a tough game for us," Krug said. "It took us a while to wake up there."

Krug deferred credit to Krejci on the winner.

"It's a highly, highly skilled player making a great pass," Krug said. "He sees things that other guys can't see, even from up in the press box. He made a great play and I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of it."

Brad Marchand had the regulation goal for the Bruins (16-10-4), and Rask made 27 saves.

Mark Stone scored in regulation for the Senators (13-14-4), who got a career-best 42-save performance from McKenna, including a diving two-pad stack save against Sean Kuraly in overtime.

The third period finished with a frantic seven minutes, starting with a game-saving glove save by Rask against Stone on a 2-on-1 when the Senators were short-handed and a delayed penalty was coming to the Bruins.

McKenna stopped Marchand in close before turning aside David Pastrnak on a breakaway. McKenna stopped 14 shots in the third period as the Bruins outshot Ottawa 14-4.

"I felt like myself and I felt like I've had a lot of good work leading up to this to be ready for it," McKenna said. "Credit to our goalie coaching, credit to my teammates and all that, but I felt like myself out there. It might have been the most (saves) in the NHL, but I've had games like that in other places before."

Stone put Ottawa on the board 12:51 into the first who he one-timed a circle-to-circle pass from Colin White.

The Senators failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 advantage for one minute, including the final 50 seconds of the first period.

Marchand tied it at 1, beating McKenna at 7:49 of the second period as the Senators played a man short following an instigator penalty to Ben Harpur.

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Game # 31

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Marchand has 2 goals, 1 assist as Bruins beat Coyotes 4-3

Brad Marchand finds the back of the net twice in the Bruins' 4-3 win over the Coyotes.

BOSTON -- In a span of five minutes, the Boston Bruins turned a two-goal deficit into a two-goal lead.

David Krejci was just happy to be along for the ride.

Moving up to Boston's top line to fill in for the injured Patrice Bergeron, Krejci assisted on three of Boston's four goals during a second-period flurry that put away the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Brad Marchand scored twice, and David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists for the Bruins -- all during the five-minute span midway through the second.

"Those are two world-class players," Krejci said. "They make lots of skilled plays, so they kind of make it easy for you. ... I've just got to be at the right time at the right place, and the puck will find you."

Arizona led 2-0 before Danton Heinen and Pastrnak scored 33 seconds apart. Marchand gave the Bruins the lead two minutes later, and then added another two minutes after that to make it 4-2.

"It was those three minutes. We played a good hockey game for 50," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "Two-nothing, there, we backed off."

Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for Boston, which beat the Coyotes for the 14th time in a row. The Bruins have won three in a row after snapping a three-game losing streak.

Coach Bruce Cassidy said the victory over Toronto on Saturday night was key.

"It can go in a hurry," he said. "Three can turn into five or six, and all bets are off and it's panic mode."

Nick Schmaltz and Nick Cousins scored 40 seconds apart for Arizona in the first period, and Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves for the Coyotes. Michael Bunting, who was making his NHL debut, scored an unassisted goal cut the deficit to 4-3 with 5 minutes left in the second.

"The guys bounced back really well," Bunting said. "You can feel bad for yourself and pack it in. We didn't do that."

The 2014 fourth-round draft pick admitted to jitters before the game, and snapped out of it during the national anthem.

"I was like, `All right, I'm in an NHL game now," he said. "It's pretty special. It's something I'm going to remember for the rest of my life."

The Coyotes had a shorthanded breakaway midway through the third period, but the Bruins got back to keep them from getting a shot off. Arizona also pulled the goalie with 75 seconds left but managed just one shot on net, as time expired.


Bruins forward David Backes rushed himself off the ice after taking a skate blade to the face in the first period. Backes was to the side of the net when he pushed Oliver Ekmann-Larsson aside and the Arizona defenseman went to the ice, kicking up his left skate on the way down.

It caught Backes in the face and he went down before skating on his own quickly to the Bruins bench and out the tunnel. He returned for -- and won the opening faceoff to start the second period.

Backes did not speak to reporters after the game, but he told The Boston Globe that he had a cut on the side of his nose that needed a few stitches and some ointment.

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