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Brewin Flames, September 26 in Boston Bruins
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
"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
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
"I think obviously we kind of didn't want to think about it after it happened," defenseman
"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
The Stars lost another forward after the first period when
"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
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
Stay classy Jack Edwards...what a jackass...
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...
GLENDALE, Ariz. --
He turned away every one and the
Halak stopped 35 shots,
"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
Boston turned to Halak for Game 2 and the veteran was sharp against Arizona.
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."
"Play like that, most of the nights you're going to come out on top," Coyotes center
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
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
"He had a really good game," Coyotes captain
LAS VEGAS -- The defending Eastern Conference champion
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
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.
"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.
"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
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.
Burakovsky scored the go-ahead goal with 7:06 remaining, Boston had two goals disallowed after video reviews, and the unbeaten
Burakovsky, acquired last June in a trade with the
"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
The Bruins had an apparent tiebreaking power-play goal by
"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
The Avalanche evened the score at 2 on a goal by Bellemare at 9:43 of the second.
Brad Marchand and Joakim Nordstrom each score in the first as the Bruins blank the Devils 3-0.
BOSTON -- It didn't take very long for the
"It's behind us -- we've got a new year," Bruins center
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."
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
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."
David Pastrnak scores four goals to help Boston double up Anaheim 4-2.
BOSTON -- The
"I think the best thing that happened to our group was pretty much staying together," said winger and Pastrnak's linemate
"It's easy to get into the game early in the season when you feel comfortable with one another."
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."
"Those are the kind of nights where the puck kind of finds you," Anaheim defenseman
Pastrnak completed his hat trick with an unassisted goal off a faceoff. He stole the puck from defenseman
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
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,
Rakell beat Halak with a wrist shot to the glove side, slicing it to 2-1 with 2:08 left in the second.
Steven Stamkos sends his shootout attempt to the back of the net, lifting Tampa Bay to a 4-3 win vs. Boston.
After the first three shooters for both sides failed, Stamkos put a wrist shot past Bruins goalie
"It's a great two points and feels real good right now," Lightning defenseman
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.
"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
Point tied the game at 1 with 1.6 seconds remaining in the first when he converted a feed from
"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
3 4 OT
With injured Toronto captain
Marner's hard shot after taking a pass from Matthews glanced in off teammate
"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."
"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
The Bruins, meanwhile, were minus veteran center
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,
The Bruins, who went onto make the Stanley Cup Final before losing on home ice in Game 7 against the
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
DeBrusk came close to tying the game a few minutes later when he blew past
Timashov made it 2-0 on a good fourth-line shift from Toronto. The rookie forward got the puck from
"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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