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Game # 1

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Ritchie beats former team on 1st shift, Bruins top Stars 2-1

Brett Ritchie and Danton Heinen notch goals in the first period, as the Bruins defeat the Stars 2-1.

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DALLAS -- 

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After scoring on his first shift, Ritchie watched his former teammates basically form a parade route out of the rink with injuries.

 

The new Boston forward scored barely a minute in, Dallas defenseman 

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 was taken off on a stretcher just before the Stars' only goal and the Bruins opened defense of their Eastern Conference title with a 2-1 victory Thursday night.

 

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 had a power-play goal in the first period as the Bruins beat Vezina Trophy finalist 

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 with their first two shots in a season-opening meeting of teams that lost Game 7s in the playoffs to Stanley Cup champion St. Louis last season.

 

"You're not going to score on your first two shots very often," said Ritchie, who was with the Stars when they lost in double overtime in the second round last spring before the Bruins fell to the Blues in the Cup finals.

"We jumped out to the lead there and built the momentum for the first, and then they took it to us in the second."

 

Dallas' goal came less than a minute after Polak had to be taken off on a stretcher after going head-first into the boards when he tried to check 

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 with 12:56 remaining in the second period.

 

Polak barely moved while face down on the ice before being rolled onto a board and lifted onto the stretcher during a delay that lasted almost 10 minutes. Coach 

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 said after the game Polak was OK after an evaluation at a hospital and could return soon.

 

"I think obviously we kind of didn't want to think about it after it happened," defenseman 

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 said. "We got to get back playing again. It's tough to see a teammate go down like that."

 

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's goal came 51 seconds later when the 22-year-old beat 

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 stick side on a partial breakaway after 

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 split two defenders with a pass. 

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 got his first point with the Stars with an assist on the takeaway that started the rush.

 

"You've got to find ways to stay in games and give yourself a chance," Pavelski said. "I thought we did a good job with that. We kept coming, kept getting better. It was right there for us."

 

The Stars had 16 of their 29 shots in the third period, and Rask stopped them all to finish with 28 saves. The 13th-year pro entered the season with the best goals-against average among actives goalies at 2.28.

 

"I felt the best in the third," Rask said. "I don't know if that's because it was the most action or what, but a big win."

 

Before Polak's injury, forward 

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 sustained a lower body injury when he fell awkwardly after getting hit in the cheek by a puck in the first period. Montgomery said he would miss multiple weeks.

 

The Stars lost another forward after the first period when 

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 didn't return with an upper body injury.

 

"It's life in the NHL," Montgomery said. "Next man up. We went through it all of last year and we're a resilient group. We're a deep organization and we're going to be OK."

 

Ritchie's goal came 1:09 in when 

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 couldn't get a clearing pass from Bishop out of the zone and turned over the puck near the blue line. 

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 got an assist.

 

The 26-year-old Ritchie spent his first five NHL seasons with Stars as a 2011 second-round pick, signing as a free agent in Boston following two disappointing seasons in Dallas after he scored 16 goals -- nearly half his career total -- in 2016-17.

 

"I'm still confident in what I can do," Ritchie said. "New team, new opportunity, fresh start, whatever you want to call it. I just tried to take advantage of it."

 

Heinen beat Bishop from the left circle about five minutes later after 

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As a bruins fan, I say this...

 

His knowledge and passion of the game is both awesome and intense, but sometimes his blatant bruins homerism is over the top...

 

This incident, i'm guessing that he was implying that Polak was going for a hit and missed and wound up taking himself out instead, hence the "bad" hockey karma.

 

Either was it was a pretty bad and un needed choice of words...

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Game # 2

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Halak stops 35 shots in Bruins' 1-0 win over Coyotes

Brad Marchand scores the only goal of the game as the Bruins win 1-0 against the Coyotes.

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Updated: 16 hours ago

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- 

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 was tested from the start, facing breakaways, odd-man rushes, numerous good chances on power plays.

 

He turned away every one and the 

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 won yet another game in the desert.

 

Halak stopped 35 shots, 

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 scored and the Bruins extended their winning streak over the 

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 to 15 straight games with a 1-0 win Saturday night.

 

"It's good to get in the game early and if you get tested early you stay focused more," Halak said. "That's what happened tonight."

 

The Bruins opened defense of their Eastern Conference title with a 2-1 victory over Dallas on Thursday night behind 

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Boston turned to Halak for Game 2 and the veteran was sharp against Arizona.

 

Halak stopped 

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's shot from the slot. He also stopped 

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 on a short-handed mini breakaway later in the period and had 

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 muttering to himself with a glove save in the third.

 

Halak faced a flurry of shots after Arizona pushed late in the third and turned those away, too, finishing off his 48th career shutout.

 

"He was good like Tuukka the other night," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Not a lot of rebound issues, pucks were sticking to him and I think we did a good job of clearing the ones that didn't."

 

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 stopped 23 shots to keep Arizona it in, but the Coyotes couldn't convert on numerous good scoring chances -- just as they did in the opener at Anaheim. Arizona has not beaten Boston since 2010 in Prague.

 

"Play like that, most of the nights you're going to come out on top," Coyotes center 

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 said. "I like tonight. Sometimes you get snake bitten. Their goaltender stood tall and we didn't bury them."

 

The Coyotes made one of the biggest offseason splashes by acquiring Kessel in a trade with Pittsburgh.

 

Kessel had an assist on Arizona's only goal in its opener on Thursday, but the Coyotes lost 2-1 to Anaheim.

 

Kuemper, who played well after 

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 was injured last season, stopped 27 shots in that game and started again Saturday after Raanta was recalled from Tucson of the AHL.

 

Arizona controlled play most of the first period until Boston made a push. Marchand beat Kuemper to the stick side with a wrister from the left circle with less than two minutes left.

 

"I didn't see anything," Marchand said. "I just tried to get it on net and it found its way in."

 

Kuemper made some difficult saves in the second period, stopping David Pasternak on one shot and sliding over for a spectacular save on Marchand's rebound attempt.

 

Kumper also stuffed 

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 on a near breakaway early in the third period and gave the Coyotes a chance with several quality saves.

 

"He had a really good game," Coyotes captain 

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 said. "I thought when we turned a couple pucks over in the second, he kept us in the game. It could have been a different game there. He's a good goalie and showed it tonight."

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Bruins top Golden Knights 4-3, off to best start in 18 years

Brad Marchand nets two goals as the Bruins edge the Golden Knights 4-3.

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Updated: 3 hours ago
 
Game # 3
 
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LAS VEGAS -- The defending Eastern Conference champion 

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 won't play their first home game until Saturday.

 

That hasn't stopped them from opening on a rampage in Western Conference cities, clearly putting last season's Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup Final behind them.

 

The Bruins (3-0-0) remained undefeated when 

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 had two goals and an assist in a 4-3 win over the 

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 on Tuesday night.

 

Boston scored four straight goals after falling behind 2-0 early in the first period and has won its first three games for the first time in the past 18 seasons.

 

"We have a good group. We're pretty much all together again. We've got a couple of new guys, but we have a good team," said Marchand, who has three goals this season. "We're going to compete every night. That's what's in this room, that's what we expect.

 

"If we're going to get beat, we're either going to have a really bad game or another team is going to battle us."

Neither of which has taken place yet, as the Bruins have outscored Dallas, Arizona and Vegas 7-3.

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 also scored for the Bruins, and 

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 made 31 saves.

 

"It's not too long since we last played together and I think we have pretty much the same group, so we know the system and it helps," said Rask, who moved into sole possession of 49th place with his 267th career win. "I think we're feeling comfortable playing together and even though we were down a couple of goals we just trust the system and it worked out today."

 

Boston, which was 4-0-2 in the preseason, improved to 4-1-0 all-time vs. the Golden Knights and concludes its four-game road trip Thursday in Denver.

 

"Obviously being down early, being able to come back, winning a close game at the end, pushing them off a little bit at the end, those are just experiences that we'll put in our pocket and use for another day," Krug said. "Early on you're trying to find your legs, your game and sometimes it's not going to be pretty.

 

When you go on the road you don't worry about putting on a show for the fans. We're just able to grind out some games.

 

"We got some greasy wins, they weren't pretty early on, it's still not where we want to be -- but they're steppingstones. I think it's beneficial to go out on the road."

 

The Golden Knights (2-1-0), who swept a season-opening home-and-home series with San Jose, looked out of sync much of the night despite occasional flashes from their top two lines.

 

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 made 31 saves but dropped to 12-8-5 against the Bruins with a .915 save percentage.

 

"Their defense has good gaps, big, long sticks -- we had to be prepared for that," Stone said. "We didn't do a good enough job in the neutral zone and that led to their attack.

 

We had our looks in the second period to score goals. A bounce here, a bounce there, we're right back in it. We've just got to clean up our mistakes."

 

Vegas started out strong with back-to-back goals in the first period by Stone and Smith to take a 2-0 lead in the first 8:20. But then the Bruins answered with four consecutive goals -- three from their top line of Marchand, Pastrnak and 

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Marchand scored 33 seconds into the second period to put Boston ahead 3-2, handing Vegas its first deficit of the young season, and Krug extended the lead with a blistering slap shot that got through traffic to make it 4-2.

 

The Golden Knights, who didn't get their first shot on goal in the third period until there was 8:28 left in the game, made it a one-goal game when Pacioretty beat Rusk with his first of the season, a power-play goal with 5:18 remaining.

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Burakovsky scores late goal, Avalanche beat Bruins 4-2

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Colorado comes back from a two-goal deficit to beat Boston 4-2.

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Updated: 4 hours ago

DENVER -- 

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 skated by one Boston defender and collided with another. In between, he had an instant of separation, just enough to get off a shot.

 

Burakovsky scored the go-ahead goal with 7:06 remaining, Boston had two goals disallowed after video reviews, and the unbeaten 

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 handed the Bruins their first loss of the season with a 4-2 victory on Thursday night.

 

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 added an empty-net goal with 1:01 remaining for the Avalanche, who are off to a 3-0 start for just the second time since relocating to Denver from Quebec in 1995. The 2013-14 club opened the season 6-0.

 

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 also had goals for Colorado and 

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 made 39 saves.

 

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 had goals for the Bruins.

 

Burakovsky, acquired last June in a trade with the 

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, scored his first goal as a member of the Avalanche. From the top of the left circle, Burakovsky banged in a shot off the post, falling on his backside an instant after the shot as he took a hit from a defender.

 

"It felt great," Burakovsky said. "I don't think the (defenseman) was fully awake when I kind of jumped by him. We've been talking all the time about getting pucks to the net. That's something that was in my mind and I was just lucky it hit the post and went in."

 

Colorado coach Jared Bednar said there was a lot more than luck involved in Burakovsky's game-winner.

"That's the best game we've seen out of him," Bednar said. "He was on pucks, he was making some plays, he was using his speed and driving by guys in foot races."

 

Boston had appeared to take a 3-1 lead on a goal by 

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 at 1:50 of the second period, but it was negated after Bednar's challenge was upheld. Officials rescinded the goal after a video review

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 interfered with Grubauer as he jostled with a defender in front of the net.

 

The Bruins had an apparent tiebreaking power-play goal by 

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 negated in the opening seconds of the third period, again when a challenge by Bednar was upheld on a video review that showed Pastrnak was narrowly offside on the play.

 

"Any time you get production finally and it gets taken away from you -- twice -- you almost don't believe it, but that's how things are going for me," said DeBrusk, who also was in line for an assist on the first disallowed goal. "I scored and had an assist tonight but they got called back.

 

We should've won this game 4-2, but I guess neither of them were goals and that's how they called it. They looked at it and called it out how it was. It won't snowball for me, but I'm definitely (upset)."

 

Boston took a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Pastrnak and Chara, who scored on a slap shot from just inside the blue line.

 

Colorado got on the board with a power-play score by MacKinnon. Gabriel Landeskog split defenders while leading a rush into the Boston zone and let fly a shot that 

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 turned away. But MacKinnon knocked in the rebound from up close.

 

The Avalanche evened the score at 2 on a goal by Bellemare at 9:43 of the second.

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Rask, Bruins blank Devils 3-0 in home opener

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Brad Marchand and Joakim Nordstrom each score in the first as the Bruins blank the Devils 3-0.


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Updated: 7 hours ago

BOSTON -- It didn't take very long for the 

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 to wash away the sting of last season's disappointing finish on home ice.

 

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 stopped 31 shots in his 46th career shutout, leading the Bruins to a 3-0 victory over the 

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 to win their home opener on Saturday night.

 

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 all scored in the Bruins' first home game since losing 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against the 

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"It's behind us -- we've got a new year," Bruins center 

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 said. "Everyone's got a clean slate this year. We're just trying to play good hockey. Last year is all gone, and we're looking forward."

 

Boston hasn't shown any signs of a Stanley Cup Final hangover, winning four of its first five games. The Bruins took three straight on the road before a 4-2 loss at Colorado on Thursday night.

 

"We're starting to figure it out a bit now," Marchand said. "A little bit of a different training camp this year, and a different feel. ... There's going to be a little bit of rust there, but I think we're feeling good."

 

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 stopped 29 shots for the Devils, who are 0-3-2 after playing three of their first five on the road.

Wins were hard to come by last season for New Jersey, which finished with the second-fewest points in the Eastern Conference.

 

The Devils had a 11-27-3 road record a season ago, but were 20-14-7 at home.

 

"A good homestand is somewhere you can gain momentum," said Schneider, whose team begins a season-high, six-game stretch at home on Monday. "We need to get a win, get some confidence, and hopefully it snowballs from there."

 

Boston took a 2-0 lead after one period with a pair of goals in the first 11 1/2 minutes.

 

Marchand put the Bruins on the scoreboard 3:33 in when he skated to the high slot and fired a wrist shot to beat a screened Schneider.

 

Nordstrom doubled the lead with 8:38 left in the period. Kuraly corralled a rebound in the slot and backhanded the puck to 

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Bergeron made it 3-0 on a power-play goal with 46 seconds left in the second period, poking in a rebound of Marchand's shot from the right circle.

 

Rask turned away a handful of Devils' scoring chances during a second period mostly controlled by the visitors with a 16-9 shots advantage.

 

He also stymied New Jersey in the third to pick up his first shutout of the season.

 

"We're still working on our game like every other team, and I thought that's where Tuukka really stepped up and that's when he should get the credit," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "In a game like this, I thought that's when he earned his paycheck tonight."

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Pastrnak scores 4 goals to carry Bruins past Ducks 4-2

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David Pastrnak scores four goals to help Boston double up Anaheim 4-2.

 


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BOSTON -- The 

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' top line is rolling, pushing aside any talk of a Stanley Cup hangover.

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 scored a career-high four goals on Monday for his fifth career hat trick, leading the Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the 

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"I think the best thing that happened to our group was pretty much staying together," said winger and Pastrnak's linemate 

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, who had two assists. "We didn't lose or bring in that many guys. It's allowed us to continue our chemistry and kind of roll in from last year.

 

"It's easy to get into the game early in the season when you feel comfortable with one another."

 

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 stopped 30 shots and top center 

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 added an assist for the Bruins, the Cup runner-up off to a 5-1 start.

 

The Pastrnak-Marchand-Bergeron trio has accounted for 24 points, with Pastrnak collecting 10 and Marchand nine.

 

"We've been together a long time now," Pastrnak said. "It's kind of expected from us."

 

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 made 19 saves. Anaheim has lost two of three after winning its first three games this season.

 

"Those are the kind of nights where the puck kind of finds you," Anaheim defenseman 

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Pastrnak completed his hat trick with an unassisted goal off a faceoff. He stole the puck from defenseman 

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 and slipped a wrist shot between John Gibson's pads 2:20 into the third period to make it 3-1, prompting fans to throw hats on the ice.

 

The 23-year-old forward scored 2:14 later off a nice feed from Marchand, who sent a pass from the left circle to Pastrnak. He was at the edge of the far post, where he redirected the puck into the net.

 

Eight seconds into 

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Boston made it 2-0 less than a minute after Halak made the second of two stellar stops midway through the second period. Marchand stole the puck from Lindholm and fed it to Pastrnak, who had just left the bench. The winger beat Gibson with a wrist shot from the right circle at 11:38.

 

Halak stopped two clean break-ins to keep the Ducks off the scoreboard until late in the period. On the first, 

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Rakell beat Halak with a wrist shot to the glove side, slicing it to 2-1 with 2:08 left in the second.

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Stamkos scores in shootout, Lightning beat Bruins 4-3

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Steven Stamkos sends his shootout attempt to the back of the net, lifting Tampa Bay to a 4-3 win vs. Boston.


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BOSTON -- The 

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After the first three shooters for both sides failed, Stamkos put a wrist shot past Bruins goalie 

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 scored in regulation for Tampa Bay. Vasilevskiy had 33 saves.

 

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 had two goals and an assist, and 

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 added a goal for Boston, which scored three power-play goals. Rask stopped 34 shots.

 

"It's a great two points and feels real good right now," Lightning defenseman 

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 said. "That's a pretty top end unit that we played tonight and they made us pay."

 

Tampa Bay has won three of four and back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Lightning also notched their 12th win in 64 tries in Boston, improving to 12-46-6.

 

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"We'll take one point and reflect on it," he said.

 

Shattenkirk gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead with 4:47 remaining in regulation. The Bruins' Pastrnak scored 1:42 later, tying the game at 3-3.

 

"Good things happen when you shoot and I had a good screen there," Shattenkirk said. "Their power play is lethal and they won that battle tonight, but we felt we were outplaying them."

 

Pastrnak has 13 points, including eight goals and five assists, in the last five games.

 

"They were fast tonight and were in our face every time we had the puck," Bruins defenseman 

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Point tied the game at 1 with 1.6 seconds remaining in the first when he converted a feed from 

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"It was a great pass by Gourde," Point said. "We played a complete game tonight and competed the way we needed to."

 

Boston's top line of Pastrnak, Bergeron and 

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Marner scores in OT to lift Maple Leafs past Bruins 4-3

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TORONTO -- 

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With injured Toronto captain 

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Marner's hard shot after taking a pass from Matthews glanced in off teammate 

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 4-3 on Saturday night.

 

"I saw (Matthews) go around the back of the net and I didn't want to get too close," said Marner, who finished with two assists. "I knew that if there were sticks in the way he couldn't make the pass so I tried to stay higher in the slot."

 

The goal was initially credited to Marner, but changed to Rielly -- his second of the night -- after the game.

"It went in," Matthews said. "That's all that matters."

 

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"Give their goaltender credit," DeBrusk said. "He gave them a chance."

 

The Maple Leafs played their first game without Tavares, who broke a finger Wednesday and will miss at least two weeks.

 

"It's big," Rielly said of the victory. "A team within the division, not having (Tavares) ... just a point in our year where we want to get going.

 

"We answered the bell."

 

Toronto coach Mike Babcock wouldn't reveal his plan moving forward in Tavares' absence -- namely whether or not Matthews and Marner will continue playing together.

 

"We'll just try to evaluate," he said. "We'll look at it, get it figured out and then go from there."

 

Down 2-1 despite a dominant second period, the Bruins tied the score at 1:36 of the third just as a Maple Leafs penalty was about to expire when Heinen got his first.

 

Toronto replied just 61 seconds later when Kerfoot backhanded a loose puck past Halak for his third.

 

Andersen faced 33 shots through two periods, and the Boston kept coming late in the third, with Pastrnak tying things with 4:26 left in regulation when he blasted a one-timer for his ninth.

 

Pastrnak now has nine goals on the season, including seven in the last three games, which puts him in a tie with Edmonton's 

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The Bruins, meanwhile, were minus veteran center 

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Toronto has lost to Boston to open the playoffs each of the last two years -- with both series going to a Game 7 -- but with Tavares, 

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 (shoulder) all out injured, and some major roster restructuring in the off-season, just nine of the 18 skaters who dressed for the Maple Leafs in the deciding game back on April 23 were in Saturday's lineup.

 

The Bruins, who went onto make the Stanley Cup Final before losing on home ice in Game 7 against the 

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The Maple Leafs opened the scoring at 5:55 of a spirited first period when Rielly's point shot with Johnsson battling in front went in off Bruins defenseman 

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DeBrusk came close to tying the game a few minutes later when he blew past 

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Timashov made it 2-0 on a good fourth-line shift from Toronto. The rookie forward got the puck from 

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"It's a dream come true," Timashov said.

 

The Bruins, who had 18 shots in the first, finally got on the board with 20.6 seconds left in the period when DeBrusk took advantage of some poor defending to beat Andersen from in-close.

 

Coming off Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss at home to Tampa Bay, Boston fed off that goal in the second and had Toronto on its heels for long stretches.

 

The Maple Leafs' best chance of the second came after 

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Pastrnak scores 10th, Bruins beat Maple Leafs 4-2

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Updated: 6 hours ago

BOSTON -- After losing a goal to an offside call midway through the first period, 

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This one counted for Pastrnak, who scored his league-leading 10th of the season and added an assist for the Bruins in a 4-2 win over the 

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"I tried it a couple times in practice but it didn't work. It worked today, so I was kind of lucky," said Pastrnak, who reached 300 career points with the goal.

 

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 made 28 saves in his 500th career game.

 

Pastrnak appeared to score on a rebound at 10:48 in the first, but the goal was waved off after Toronto challenged and replay showed the play was offside.

 

Pastrnak scored one that counted with 2:45 left in the first with some nifty stickhandling in front of the Toronto net. After taking a pass from Marchand, Pastrnak slipped the puck between his own legs, then redirected it past 

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"There's times through the year when pucks bounce against you and there's times when they bounce for you. Right now pucks are bouncing his way," Marchand said of Pastrnak. "He has that ability to make those high-end plays. He puts himself in really good positions to capitalize on opportunities."

 

Pastrnak said the Bruins didn't let up despite the disappointment from having their first goal waved off.

 

"I knew we were going to get another one. We were feeling good," he said.

 

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 had a goal and assist apiece for the Maple Leafs, who were coming off an overtime loss to Columbus at home on Monday night.

 

Coach Mike Babcock said the Leafs improved from the night before, when they led 3-2 after the second but couldn't hold off the Blue Jackets in the third, then the OT.

 

"It was one of those games. It was a grind the whole thing. There wasn't much room for either team," Babcock said. "In the end, the game was right there in the third period. . We were unable to get it done."

 

Michael Hutchinson stopped 35 shots.

 

The Maple Leafs tied after falling behind 1-0 and 2-1, but couldn't get anything past Rask in the third period.

 

"I just don't think we spent enough times in the offense zone and weren't heavy enough on pucks. They kept on breaking out and applying pressure on our D," Kapanen said. "We spent a lot of time in our own zone and eventually they're going to score when the flow of the game goes like that."

 

Ritchie's unassisted goal 6:35 into the third put Boston back up 3-2 and Lindholm got his first of the season when he poked in a rebound with 2:03 left in the game.

 

Kapanen tied it on a one-timer off a crossing pass from Kerfoot with just under 4 1/2 minutes into the middle period.

Marchand's goal put Boston up 2-1 at 6:09, as Pastrnak got another point with an assist.

Kerfoot tied it 2-2 on a power-play goal with 7:06 to go in the period.

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Bruins blank Blues 3-0 in 1st meeting since losing Cup final

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Bruins edge Blues in Stanley Cup Final rematch

The Bruins get the best of the Stanley Cup Champions as they beat the Blues, 3-0.


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Updated: 17 hours ago

BOSTON -- The stakes were drastically different for Boston's first meeting with St. Louis this season. Regardless, the Bruins made sure the Blues left town with a loss this time.

 

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 stopped 26 shots for his second shutout and the Bruins beat the defending NHL champions 3-0 Saturday night in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Final.

 

"I was just saying: `Unless they brought the Cup here, I don't think it had anything to do with it," Rask said. "Different year, different teams."

 

It was the first meeting between the clubs since St. Louis won its first Cup last season, skating with the trophy around the TD Garden ice in Boston on June 12 after a 4-1 victory in Game 7.

 

But on Saturday night, Bruins captain 

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Like last spring's Cup final, the matchup featured plenty of hard hits, beginning when Chara leveled winger 

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Linemate 

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 skated in to defend Sundqvist and was sent to the penalty box -- along with Chara -- for matching roughing penalties.

 

"I think it does when it's Z," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said when asked if the play had an impact on the game. "Against a physical opponent, we knew they're going to come out and bang -- and they did. I think it's important for us to initiate and not retaliate. I think we did that."

 

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Rask, who played his 500th game with the Bruins in a win over Toronto on Tuesday, recorded his 47th career shutout. He is 5-0-1 in six starts this season, picking up his solid play that carried Boston to the final.

 

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 made 21 saves for the Blues (5-3-3), who won their previous two games. In his rookie season, the 6-foot-2 goalie sparked St. Louis to its run from last place in the Western Conference in early January to a title.

 

"Bad puck play for us tonight," Sundqvist said. "It's just one of those games we have to forget."

 

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 at the top of the left circle for a power-play goal 14:59 into the opening period. The puck deflected off Binnington and trickled into the net, just as he looked over his shoulder.

 

Rask's best save came when he made a blocker stop on Sundqvist's clean breakaway with seven minutes left in the first.

 

"We had looks and didn't capitalize on them," St. Louis coach 

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Boston capitalized on a 3-on-2 break when defenseman 

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Clinging to the two-goal edge, Rask made a pair of splendid stops when the Blues were on a power play shortly after Bjork's score. The toughest was on 

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Marchand, Bergeron lead Bruins to 7-4 win over Rangers

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The Bruins handle the Rangers as Patrice Bergeron scores three goals in Boston's 7-4 victory.


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NEW YORK -- Even though they trailed after one period, the 

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And it sure did.

 

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"We did dominate that period," Marchand said of the first period that ended with the Rangers leading 1-0 despite Boston holding a 10-7 edge on shots.

 

"They had some shots on the power play but other than that, they didn't have much. ... We knew if we continued to play the same way we were going to break out, and we did."

 

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nine games he didn't score a goal.

 

"(He's) always talking, communicating, wants to create plays, change it and come up with different faceoff plays," Bergeron said. "He's obviously a very smart player. He's got that instinct. ... He wants results, and when he works like that, he's getting it."

 

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Michael Haley, 

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"It's hard to figure out right now," Lundqvist said of the Rangers' struggles. "We had a 1-0 lead after the first. ... We came out in the second and we weren't even close."

 

The Bruins took control of the game in the second period. Pastrnak charged the net with the puck from the left side, and made contact with Lundqvist. Bergeron followed and put the puck in for his third of the season 11 seconds into the period. The goal was confirmed after a video review.

 

Marchand put Boston ahead 57 seconds later. He got the puck in front of the net, made a backhand-forehand move before putting a backhander past Lundqvist.

 

"Getting the quick two goals at the start of the second kind of got us going after that," Bergeron said.

 

Coyle made it 3-1 as he got a pass across the front of the net from 

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Marchand got his second of the night with 7:51 left in the middle period, taking a pass from Coyle and whipping it past Lundqvist from the right side for his seventh.

 

Boston finished with a 21-5 advantage on shots in the second period, and 31-12 over 40 minutes.

 

"A lot happened in second period we need to clean up and learn from," New York defenseman 

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Chara made it 5-1 as he beat Georgiev with a slap shot from the blue line just 43 seconds into the third on the first shot the Rangers' backup goalie faced.

 

Buchnevich pulled the Rangers back within three at 8:15 with his second of the season, but Bergeron's second of the night and fourth of the season restored Boston's four-goal lead with 8:21 left.

 

Kreider scored on a rebound with 1:59 left, and Skjei pulled the Rangers within two just 21 seconds later, but Bergeron's empty-netter with 45 second left capped the scoring.

 

The Bruins controlled play for the opening half of the first period, outshooting the Rangers 6-0. Each team had a power play during that stretch.

 

The Rangers got on the board on their first scoring chance. Halak stopped 

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Krejci returns with goal, assist as Bruins beat Sharks 5-1

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BOSTON -- 

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Krejci had a goal and an assist as Boston routed the 

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"We need him going. We know that. It was good to get off on the right foot tonight," coach Bruce Cassidy said of Krejci. "He can drive a line when he's going. We didn't expect him to do that necessarily tonight. He's missed time, but that's what we want out of David."

 

Krejci scored one of two power-play goals for Boston in the first period and added an assist in the second period in his first game since Oct. 14.

 

Krejci was one of five different players to score for the Bruins, who won their fourth straight and improved to 6-0-2 in their last eight.

 

"I watched lots of games the last couple of weeks. I like a lot from this team. Guys have been playing really well. They're sticking up for each other as well, so that's always nice to see," Krejci said. "It was just great to be out there with the guys."

 

Krejci assisted on 

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 finished with a goal and an assist for Boston.

 

The Bruins kept the road-weary Sharks from generating any offensive push, holding San Jose to just six shots in each of the first two periods.

 

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"We didn't execute. We didn't make plays. We didn't spend any time in the offensive zone. It may have looked like effort, but that was just us getting caught out on long shifts and guys were tired," Couture said.

 

"We had some shifts when they were in our zone for two minutes. Obviously not good enough -- not close to good enough. We're definitely going through a tough time right now."

 

Coyle redirected a shot from Krejci to put the Bruins up 3-1 at 5:21 of the second, then Wagner slipped a backhand between Jones' pads on a breakaway to make it 4-1 at 8:31 of the second.

 

It was the first goal of the season for Wagner, who picked up an assist at 16:50 when 

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It could have been worse for San Jose without some big saves by Jones. Jones made back-to-back saves on Coyle and 

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 from just outside the crease with about eight minutes left in the period and stopped Wagner on another breakaway just before the buzzer.

 

There was no scoring in the third period, when the linesmen got a workout keeping several fights from happening with the game already out of hand.

 

The officials stepped in twice early in the third to keep 

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The Sharks ended up with 16 penalties for a total of 57 minutes. Boston had 10 penalties for 47 minutes.

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Pastrnak sparks Bruins 5-2 win over Senators

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BOSTON -- It took a while for players from the 

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When they did, the Bruins took over late in posting yet another win in their torrid start this season.

 

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 had a goal and two assists as the Bruins beat Ottawa 5-2 Saturday night, in a game in which Sabourin was taken to a hospital for evaluation after being taken off on a stretcher.

 

Sabourin was taken from the ice with his head immobilized following a collision with 

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 in which the players' helmets hit at nearly full speed early in the first period. Sabourin gave the crowd a "thumbs up" as he was taken from the arena.

 

"You've got to try to stay focused, but it's obviously not easy," Boston center 

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Backes went to the dressing after Sabourin was taken from the ice and didn't return.

 

The Bruins announced that Backes had an upper-body injury. He was visibly upset, fighting back tears, as medical personnel attended to Sabourin.

 

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After colliding with Backes, Sabourin fell to the ice and appeared to be unconscious. There was a large blood spot on the ice under his face.

 

"There's hatred and all that, but at the end of the day we're all brothers in this game," Senators defenseman 

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"That could have just as easily been one of us. You just can't help but think about Sabby and his parents and his finacee watching that. It hits you."

 

The Senators sent an update on their Twitter saying Sabourin was conscious and speaking with the attending doctors while leaving the arena.

 

"You don't want to see anyone, anyone on either team lying motionless like that on the ice," Ottawa coach 

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Smith said they'd know more about the injury Sunday and he was being kept at the hospital overnight.

Heinen scored 5:43 into the third period, hustling in for a loose puck, to make it 3-2.

 

While on a power play, Pastrnak skated with the puck and looked as if he was going around the net before sending a pass in front to Marchand, who scored 1:07 later.

 

"Those are nice," Pastrnak said. "I like those. I'm probably more a goal-scorer than a playmaker. Every time I can set up one of my teammates, I'll do that."

 

He has 13 goals and 14 assists this season.

 

Pastrnak's power-play goal made it 1-0 just 1:17 into the opening period when he outskated defenseman 

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Pastrnak shifted and tucked the puck behind Anderson.

 

Duclair tied it on a one-timer from the right circle 12:04 into the period.

 

Pastrnak set up Bergeron's goal, making a soft pass across the crease, to make it 2-1 at 1:51 of the second, but the Senators tied it on Brown's goal that caromed in off the heel of Rask's stick at 3:04.

 

Marchand was given two minutes for hooking and a double-minor for spearing at the same time early into the second and Rask was splendid.

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Hate to say it as a Lightning fan, but the Bruins really are looking quite strong this season.
Looking every bit the part of an Eastern Conference champion.

Without looking at numbers, I am willing to bet their goaltending tandem is the best in the league and more than cover up for any defensive miscues by the skaters.

Lots of hockey to be played and I am still waiting for the Bolts to fully wake up, but man, right now, the Bruins are really looking like the team to beat in the Atlantic.

Doing pretty nicely against the Penguins as I type this.

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Was able to catch the 3rd period.

 

Watching Pastrnak and Marchand is enough reason to tune into a Boston Bruins game.

 

Their numbers are definitely unsustainable, but Pastrnak has been trending upwards ever since 2016-17, and had the 7th best ppg in the league last year.

 

As for Brad Marchand, at this rate he'll be carving himself a HHOF career. He's been top 5 in points the last 2 seasons and not lower than 6th best ppg in the past 3.

 

 

 

 

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Marchand's 2 goals, 3 assists carry Bruins to 6-4 win

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Certainly not your average two goals, but things are far from normal about the 

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"They're fun to be part of. You don't expect them to come often, but they're nice when they happen," Marchand said of his big night, which included three assists and extended his point streak to 13 games.

 

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 also scored for Boston (11-1-2), which has won six straight. The Bruins are 7-0-1 at home this season.

 

Marchand skated in on the left wing and fired a wrister that hit the far post and went into the net off 

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In the first, Marchand used a baseball-style swing to bat a loose puck out of the air and into the net, making it 2-0.

 

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"We won the game because of Jaroslav," DeBrusk said. "We didn't like the way we came off the ice in the second period."

 

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 scored for Pittsburgh. Marino's was his first career NHL goal.

 

The Bruins had opened a 3-0 lead on Pastrnak's team-leading 14th goal 4:22 into the second when Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan decided to pull starting goalie 

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"I think we got a little comfortable when we got up 3-nothing and their goalie got pulled," Marchand said. "We got it done. At the end of the day, it's the regular season.

 

It doesn't matter how you win, and we got the win."

 

The Penguins then outshot Boston 15-4 over the remainder of the period, scoring four times to take the lead.

"This is one of the best games we've played all year," Sullivan said. "We're playing one of the top teams in the league. ... I thought it was a really good game by our team. We just didn't win."

 

Kahun started the comeback when he fired a tough-angle shot into the net from near the bottom of the right circle at 5:35. Bjugstad then sliced the deficit to one 4:21 later when he broke in alone off a pass from 

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 backhanded a pass from along the boards, finding Rust alone in the slot. He beat Halak with a wrister to the glove side, tying it at 15:59.

 

Marino, who was off for tripping, stepped onto the ice as his penalty expired, collected a loose puck near center ice, skated in on a clean breakaway and shifted to the backhand before tucking it behind Halak and pushing the Penguins in front with 2.4 seconds left in the period.

 

Players on Pittsburgh's bench were jumping up and down when Marino scored to cap the huge comeback, and a frustrated Halak smashed his stick off the crossbar into a couple of pieces, tossing the handle off the backboards when he was done.

 

Marino grew up about 45 minutes away in Easton, Massachusetts, and attended Harvard.

 

"You just get the first shift under your belt and after that you're just playing hockey after the first couple shifts," he said. "You settle down and start to settle in."

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19 hours ago, TropicalFruitGirl26 said:

Hate to say it as a Lightning fan, but the Bruins really are looking quite strong this season.
Looking every bit the part of an Eastern Conference champion.

Without looking at numbers, I am willing to bet their goaltending tandem is the best in the league and more than cover up for any defensive miscues by the skaters.

Lots of hockey to be played and I am still waiting for the Bolts to fully wake up, but man, right now, the Bruins are really looking like the team to beat in the Atlantic.

Doing pretty nicely against the Penguins as I type this.

 

Vs the Penguins they gave up a ton of break away chances, and that led to goals, gotta tighten that up fast...

 

But as of now the rask/halak combo is doing very well.

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43 minutes ago, Brewin Flames said:

 

Vs the Penguins they gave up a ton of break away chances, and that led to goals, gotta tighten that up fast...

 

But as of now the rask/halak combo is doing very well.

 

Funny thing is, after I posted, which was after the 1st period when the Bruins were in full control, the Penguins came alive and gave Boston all they could handle...and even had a shot at winning this thing.

Nothing like a lil rival fan compliment to put the jinx on eh? :bigteeth:

 

Anyways, bottom line...Bruins took the win.
Halak saw a CRAP-TON of shots, let 4 by, but still ended up with a SV% over .900 due to the sheer amount of shots stopped!

Still though, the Boston goaltending duo is second to none in the NHL right now.
Rask will get his chance to prove that once again tonight against the Habs.

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Mete scores twice as Canadiens beat Bruins 5-4

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Updated: 6 hours ago

MONTREAL -- A video review left Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy seeing red.

 

An overturned goal on a coach's challenge for offside in the third period gave Montreal momentum, and the Canadiens went on to beat Boston 5-4 on Tuesday -- a rare regulation loss for the division-leading Bruins.

 

It looked as if Cassidy's team went up 5-4 when 

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"The rule was put in place specifically for egregious (calls)," Cassidy said.

 

"They're over there for three minutes. What is the purpose for this rule? You either find something or you don't. Now you're looking for something for it to be offside. You know it's going to go the other way and it did.

"It was a big part of the game and it didn't go our way."

 

Down 4-3 in the third, the Bruins tied the score when 

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Ben Chariot scored and gave Montreal (8-5-2) the win with a wrist shot from the face-off circle just a few minutes later. The Canadiens have won four of their last five.

 

"Our video guys saw the puck on the line and the skates across it," said Julien, who coached his 1,200th NHL game. "If we don't win that challenge, they have a one-goal lead and a two-minute power play. It could have gone their way.

 

"We were right and we stopped Boston's momentum. From there, we got better."

 

The Bruins (11-2-2) saw their six-game win streak come to an end as they lost in regulation for the first time since Oct. 10, in Colorado against the Avalanche.

 

Boston was playing the second game of a back-to-back and it showed, going down 3-1 in the first period.

The Canadiens scored just 1:13 into the game when 

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 netted the equalizer six seconds into a Boston power play, a one-timer at 14:55. Pastrnak, the NHL scoring leader, extended his career-high point streak to 13 games.

 

Montreal was back in it two minutes later. A breakout pass by 

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 went between Rask's pads to make it 3-1 Canadiens at 17:16 with his first goal of the year.

 

It was hardly a goaltending battle, with Price stopping 21 of 25 shots, while Rask gave up five goals on 31 shots.

"It's one of those nights where instead of a hockey puck, it feels like a golf ball out there," said Rask, who suffered his first regulation defeat. "I was just not tracking it well. Tough night for me. Couldn't really make a save."

 

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The Canadiens failed to clear their zone and Clifton made them pay with his first NHL goal at 7:17 to make it 3-2.

 

Boston evened the score at 18:13 when Bjork was first to a loose puck in the crease. Mete gave Montreal the 4-3 lead 42 seconds later with a shot from the point.

 

Bruins captain 

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"I really appreciated it and it was very classy," Chara said of the fan reaction. "It's something I will definitely remember. That just shows they are very passionate fans. We had some battles, it's a good rivalry. Lots of history with both teams. Always fun to play these games."

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14 hours ago, TropicalFruitGirl26 said:

 

Funny thing is, after I posted, which was after the 1st period when the Bruins were in full control, the Penguins came alive and gave Boston all they could handle...and even had a shot at winning this thing.

Nothing like a lil rival fan compliment to put the jinx on eh? :bigteeth:

 

Anyways, bottom line...Bruins took the win.
Halak saw a CRAP-TON of shots, let 4 by, but still ended up with a SV% over .900 due to the sheer amount of shots stopped!

Still though, the Boston goaltending duo is second to none in the NHL right now.
Rask will get his chance to prove that once again tonight against the Habs.

 

And Boom....rask's first stinker of the season, fought the puck all night long.

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Fabbri scores twice in 1st game, Red Wings beat Bruins 4-2

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DETROIT -- 

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He scored twice -- both on the power play -- in his first game since a trade this week and the Red Wings beat the 

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Fabbri was acquired from St. Louis on Wednesday night and quickly got his second and third goals of the season.

 

"It definitely helps with the confidence there," Fabbri said. "Overall, just to see the way the boys played, that really helps coming in. So it was a great win for the boys."

 

Detroit had been stuck in a 1-11-1 rut, their worst skid since 2017-18 when it went 1-12-1.

 

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It is the first time a Red Wings goaltender has had two assists in a game since the NHL-World Hockey Association merger in 1979-80, according to Hockey Reference.

 

"I thought it was a team effort tonight," Bernier said. "Obviously our special teams won us the game tonight and that's where wanted to come in today. Everyone was on the same page. Everyone worked hard."

 

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"They haven't won a lot of hockey games, but this is still the National Hockey League and it is tough to chase the game," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "They played the right way and didn't turn the puck over in the third. Even when we did force something, we didn't take advantage."

 

Krug's power-play goal with 2:08 left in the second period pulled the Bruins to 3-2. He beat Bernier on a screened wrist shot from the point for Krug's third goal.

 

Mantha's empty-net goal with 1:28 clinched it. It was his 10th goal.

 

Krejci opened the scoring just 1:09 into the game when his innocent-looking shot from the left dot -- the Bruins' first shot of the game -- beat Bernier. It was Krejci's second goal.

 

Larkin tied it just 1:32 later when his attempted pass from the side of the net went in off the skate of defenseman 

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Fabbri's power-play goal with 8:11 left in the first period gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead. He scored on a one-timer from the inside edge of the left circle.

 

Fabbri's second goal, also a power-play effort, provided a two-goal edge 1:30 into the second period. He scored on a one-timer from the inside edge of the left circle.

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Farabee scores in shootout, Flyers beat Bruins 3-2

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The Flyers won their season-high fourth straight game while going beyond regulation for the fifth time in six games, capping a perfect stretch of four games in six days.

 

"We've had a lot of hockey in a short amount of time, and we're extending that time of play by going into extra time," said Hart, who made 26 saves. "But you know what, we're just finding ways to get the job done."

 

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Farabee, who played at nearby Boston University, beat 

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"Carter made some good saves at the beginning, but he wasn't really tested," Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. "In the third (and after) he was. We needed some saves. We got some huge saves, and we were able to get in done in the shootout."

 

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Pastrnak, the NHL's leading scorer with 15 goals and 30 points, was held scoreless for a second straight game.

"We are a great team and we want to show it every night, but at the same time the other team is preparing (for) us and they want to come up big," Pastrnak said.

 

"We (need to) find a way to prove it every night."

 

Konecny helped give the Flyers a 2-0 lead after one period. 

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Konecny's cross-ice pass just over four minute later set up Myers' right-circle wrist shot to make it 2-0.

Philadelphia outshot Boston 14-5 in the opening period on the second night of a back-to-back after Saturday's win over the Maple Leafs.

 

"As a road team that's come in, played a little bit lately, they all of a sudden find energy because of that. That's my explanation of the start," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.

 

"We need to correct it in a hurry, but the good news is we did find our game eventually, and we can build off that."

 

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Following a scoreless second, Heinen's spinning forehand shot in front of the net cut the Bruins' deficit to 2-1 at 5:59 of the third.

 

Marchand beat Hart glove-side on a wrister from the left circle to tie it with 7:38 left.

 

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      Hate to say it as a Lightning fan, but the Bruins really are looking quite strong this season. Looking every bit the part of an Eastern Conference champion. Without looking at numbers, I am willing to bet their goaltending tandem is the best in the league and more than cover up for any defensive miscues by the skaters. Lots of hockey to be played and I am still waiting for the Bolts to fully wake up, but man, right now, the Bruins are really looking like the team to beat in the Atlantic.

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