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Hoffman scores in SO, Panthers rally to beat Bruins 5-4

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Game # 18
 
Bruins Hockey Forum 4 Panthers Hockey Forum 5 SO
 
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Updated: 6 hours ago

BOSTON -- Down four goals after two periods, Florida coach Joel Quenneville switched goalies and the Panthers responded with the biggest comeback in club history.

 

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 scored one of four Florida goals in the third period and added the winner in a shootout as the Panthers rallied from a four-goal deficit and beat the 

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 5-4 on Tuesday night.

 

"Obviously, you don't want to be down 4-0 at any point in the game -- especially with only one period left," Hoffman said. "But the guys in here stuck together, dug deep and just tried to chip away."

 

The Panthers continued chipping away and won a game they trailed by four goals for the first time since they joined the NHL as an expansion club in 1993-94.

 

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 had a goal and two assists for Florida and 

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 didn't allow a goal after replacing 

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 at the start of the third period.

 

Montembeault finished with 15 saves, six in overtime, and stopped 

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 on Boston's last chance in the shootout as the Panthers completed the comeback and gave Quenneville career victory No. 899.

 

"It's huge. We never gave up. We talked to each other after the second," Montembeault said.

 

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 and 

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 also scored for Florida. 

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 added three assists for the Panthers, tying him with 

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 for the most assists in club history with 249.

 

Florida won its second straight game in a shootout and picked up four points on a three-game road trip against the Islanders, Rangers and Bruins.

 

"We found a way to come up with big wins and today was the biggest of them all," Quenneville said.

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 scored his league-leading 16th goal for Boston, which broke a scoreless tie with four goals in the second, but could not hold off Florida.

 

The Panthers got two power-play goals in the third and scored twice at even-strength before prevailing in the shootout.

 

"Things got compounded," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "It seemed like we took a lot of marginal penalties tonight and we didn't kill them."

 

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 also scored for Boston, and 

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 made 25 saves.

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 had two assists for Boston, which lost its fourth straight.

 

"We had some looks," Rask said. "Definitely if it's four-nothing going into the third you expect to win."

Pastrnak put the Bruins up 1-0 at 11:55 of the second on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle. Nordstrom beat Bobrovsky 2:07 later on a wrist shot from the right circle to make it 2-0 for the Bruins.

 

Boston added goals by Bjork and Chara, taking a 4-0 lead into the third. Florida regrouped after Quenneville pulled Bobrovsky for Montembeault.

 

Ekblad scored 50 seconds into the third, Vatrano cut the margin to 4-2 on a power-play goal 5:26 into the period and the Panthers weren't done.

 

Hoffman scored on a backhand 9:43 into the third and Yandle, who assisted on two of Florida's first three goals, completed the comeback when he scored with 1:39 left in regulation after a rebound drifted to him high in the slot.

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Marchand scored twice in 3rd, Bruins beat Maple Leafs 4-2

Game # 18
 
Bruins Hockey Forum 4 Maple Leafs Hockey Forum 2
 
 

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Updated: 13 hours ago

TORONTO -- Toronto captain 

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 smashed his stick against the post late in another loss in which a decent effort was undone by preventable errors.

 

That's been a recurring theme for the Maple Leafs this season.

 

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 scored twice in the third period and the 

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 defeated Toronto 4-2 Friday, handing their Atlantic Division rivals a fourth consecutive setback.

 

"We're just on the wrong side of it," Tavares said. "It was a pretty good hockey game other than a couple of mistakes that obviously hurt us."

 

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 had a goal and an assist, and 

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 added another score for Boston (12-3-4). 

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 made 29 saves for the Bruins, who snapped a 0-2-2 slide.

 

"It's a game that we get up for," said Marchand, whose team has eliminated the Leafs in the first round of the playoffs the last two springs. "A lot of history."

 

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 and 

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 scored for Toronto (9-8-4), which got 30 saves from 

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The Leafs have just six regulation victories this season, and only two in their last 14 games.

 

"There's a huge sense of urgency," Tavares said. "We're not where we want to be."

 

Boston snapped a 1-1 tie 11 seconds into the third when Marchand scored his 12th goal of the season, scoring off his own rebound after stepping around Leafs defenseman 

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"Just ends up in our net," Rielly said. "I don't know what you want me to say."

 

Toronto countered at 3:54 when Kapanen took a feed from Tavares and scored his sixth. Marchand silenced the crowd just 1:14 later, slicing between two Maple Leafs in the slot and again following up his initial shot.

"He really took (the game) over," Rask said. "He wanted to be the difference maker."

 

Neither side gave up much the rest of the way until Chara scored into an empty net with 1:33 left in regulation, prompting a frustrated Tavares to splinter his stick against the iron.

 

"It's not something I, personally, really want to do," he said. "Some emotion came out ... just kind of happened."

 

"We've got a lot of hockey left to play," Tavares added. "It's not going to change overnight. We've got to continue to put the work in and fix our mistakes and continue to find ways to be better -- and stay with it -- because it's going to be hard."

 

Without star winger 

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 (high ankle sprain) and center 

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 (dental fractures), 

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 was in the lineup for the Leafs. But Toronto's injury bug continued in the first when 

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 took a big hit and didn't return.

 

The Bruins were minus defenseman 

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, as well forwards 

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, who are all nursing upper-body ailments.

 

Boston, which has eliminated its Atlantic Division rival in the first round of the playoffs the last two springs, led 1-0 after 20 minutes before the Leafs tied it midway through the second.

 

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's shot from the point looked to be headed wide, but Matthews lunged his stick out in the slot for a redirection that fooled Rask at 9:20. It was Matthews' his 14th goal, withstanding a brief video review.

 

The Bruins had a chance to retake the lead moments later when 

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 fired high over Andersen's net on a breakaway.

 

Boston got a power play later in the period, with 

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 just missing on a one-timer and 

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 hitting the post on the rebound off the end boards.

 

Toronto nearly scored to grab its first lead when Kapanen put the puck through Bergeron's skates at the blue line and then slid a no-look, behind-the-back pass to Tavares, but the Leafs captain couldn't find the target.

Boston grabbed a 1-0 advantage at 13:48 of the first when Coyle scored his third of the season after another Toronto mix-up in the defensive zone.

 

Leafs blue-liner 

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 was battling the Bruins center in front, but left his check to challenge 

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, who promptly fed Coyle from behind Andersen's net.

 

Both goalies were sharp early, with Andersen stopping Marchand and Pastrnak, while Rask stymied 

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 on a partial breakaway before Spezza misfired a loose puck with what looked like a sure goal. Matthews also hit the post from in tight.

 

Moore took a crunching, open-ice hit from 

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 later in the period, went right to Toronto's locker room and was ruled out shortly thereafter.

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Oshie ties it, Caps beat Bruins 3-2 in shootout

Game # 19
 
Bruins Hockey Forum 2 Capitals Hockey Forum 3 SO

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Updated: 16 hours ago

BOSTON -- 

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 faked left, pulled the puck back toward his skates and then dragged it along the ice as he prepared to shoot.

 

 

Goalie 

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 kept sliding the wrong way.

After 

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 scored with 59 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, Vrana faked Halak out in the fifth round of the shootout for Washington's first lead of the night and the Capitals rallied to beat Boston 3-2 on Saturday in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

 

"Nasty," said 

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, whose first-period goal was the only one Washington managed in the game's first 59 minutes.

 

"Ultimately, you've got to believe if you continue to do the right things you're going to continue to get those chances, and eventually one's going to go in. And sometimes it takes all the way to the last minute of the game."

 

Boston led 2-1 when the Capitals pulled goalie 

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 for an extra skater with about 85 seconds left in the third period. They quickly established possession in the Bruins zone, then tied it when Oshie converted on 

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's pass from behind the net.

 

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 scored to open the shootout for Boston, but Holtby stopped the next four tries.

 

 

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 tied it on Washington's third try and then, after Halak's glove save on 

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 went to a replay review, Vrana scored the winner.

 

"He had some big saves in the game. In a situation like this, I felt like you've got to do something different to put the puck through him," Vrana said.

 

"I had a chance to see how he reacted a couple shooter before me. I took advantage."

 

Holtby stopped 21 shots for Washington, which outshot the Bruins 44-23 in regulation.

 

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 scored to break a second-period tie, and Coyle also had a goal in regulation. Halak made 42 saves for Boston, which has beaten the Capitals just once in 15 tries (0-11-4).

 

"He was our best player by far," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "He made a number of outstanding saves, and again in the shootout."

 

The Bruins are winless in five games that went to overtime or shootouts.

 

"We haven't been able to pull the win out of shootouts," Pastrnak said. "Usually shootouts are 50-50. These days it's probably 20-80."

 

Coyle gave Boston the lead midway through the first when he skated through the slot and one-timed a pass from 

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Washington tied it before the period was over on a double deflection of 

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's before bouncing into the net.

 

But Pastrnak put Boston ahead with his 17th goal of the season, bouncing it off Holtby into the net with 3:30 gone in the second period.

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Pastrnak, Grzelcyk score 2 each, Bruins beat Devils 5-1

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Game # 20
 
Bruins Hockey Forum  5    Devils Hockey Forum 1
 
 

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Updated: 8 hours ago

NEWARK, N.J. -- After blowing a couple of late leads, the 

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 got back to playing the right way with the game on the line.

 

They got stingy on defense, turned to old reliable 

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 for offense, and got a little help from a couple of unexpected sources -- defensemen Matt Grzekcyk and 

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Pastrnak and Grzelcyk scored two goals apiece, and 

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 added three assists to lead the Bruins over the 

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 5-1 on Tuesday night.

 

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 made 25 saves and the Bruins scored three times in the third period to break open a one-goal game and beat the Devils for the eighth time in nine meetings.

 

The win was only Boston's second in the last seven games (2-2-3), and there were some ugly defeats. In recent shootout losses, the Bruins blew a four-goal lead in the final 20 minutes against Florida and allowed a last-minute goal to Washington.

 

"I thought we played fairly stingy and tonight we had a chance to extend the lead on the power play, we simplified, got it to the net and took advantage of our opportunities," coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I thought we did a good job of limiting them."

 

Pastrnak has an NHL-high 19 goals in 21 games, including 17 in his last 16 contests. Grzelcyk had six career goals in his first 149 games in the NHL.

 

The defenseman had his first two-goal game in No. 150.

 

"We wanted to learn from our mistakes from last game, so we wanted to make sure we came into that third period playing the right way and that's what we did," Pastrnak said. "We kind of controlled the whole period and that's why we won."

 

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 scored for New Jersey, which was looking for its first three-game winning streak since December 2018. 

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 made 23 saves in starting for the 12th time in 14 games.

 

"We weren't hungry enough. We were flat. No excuse," Coleman said.

 

"We talked ad nauseam how important this game was and we wanted to get some traction as a team. There is no excuse to lay that egg."

 

Marchand set up Grzelcyk and Pastrnak for goals 14 seconds apart in the first period for a 2-0 lead.

 

Coleman cut the margin in half late in the second, but the Bruins broke it open in the third.

 

Pastrnak drew a penalty from 

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 at 3:11 and scored eight seconds later with a rising shot from inside the blue line that whizzed past Blackwood.

 

"We needed a big penalty kill there and we didn't get it done," Devils captain 

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 said. "That obviously gave them the momentum."

 

Grzelcyk stripped the puck from Subban at the Devils line and skated in to beat Blackwood in close for a 4-1 lead at 10:33.

 

"Amazing goals, especially the second one," Pastrnak said of Grzelcyk. "It's nice and we're happy for him. He was feeling it today."

 

Clifton got his second of the season on a point shot.

 

Boston top line center 

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 missed his second straight game with an undisclosed injury. 

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 centered for Pastrnak and Marchand, and the line finished with seven points.

 

Cassidy expects Bergeron back for the next game.

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