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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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 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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 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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 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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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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 have played sparingly together at even strength early in their careers.

 

With injured Toronto captain 

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 sitting out, the two connected to give the Maple Leafs a big win.

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

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 at 3:54 of overtime to give Toronto a hard-fought 4-3 win over the 

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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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 and 

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 also scored for Toronto. 

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 stopped 42 shots.

 

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 had a goal and an assist, and 

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 also scored for the Bruins. 

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 finished with 25 saves.

 

"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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 for the NHL lead.

 

The Bruins, meanwhile, were minus veteran center 

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 (upper-body injury) for a third straight game.

 

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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 (knee) and 

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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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, dressed 13 skaters from that 5-1 victory against Toronto.

 

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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 and in for his first of the season.

 

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

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, but Andersen made a nice toe save.

 

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

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 and moved into the slot before roofing his first NHL goal past Halak.

 

"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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 threw the puck in front of his own net, but Barrie was robbed by Halak with the glove.

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