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    Boston Bruins 2017/18 Season




    THN’s 2017-18 Season Preview: Boston Bruins

    By: The Hockey News

    Sep 15, 2017


    The Bruins' biggest splash this summer has been the re-signing of David Pastrnak, and it could be a tough climb back into the post-season without any additions.

    The Hockey News is rolling out its 2017-18 Team Previews daily, in reverse order of Stanley Cup odds, until the start of the season. Today, the Boston Bruins.

    Stanley Cup odds: 33-1

    Key additions: Paul Postma, D

    Key departures: Colin Miller, D; Dominic Moore, C; Joe Morrow, D

    BURNING QUESTION:

    How can a team that barely made the playoffs and bowed out in the first round of a weak Eastern Conference expect to improve after doing virtually nothing to its roster in the off-season?
    Well, the Bruins are obviously hoping to build on the momentum they gained down the stretch when they went 18-8-1 with Bruce Cassidy behind the bench after they fired Claude Julien. There’s a lot to like about the Bruins, starting with their top two lines. Patrice Bergeron shows no signs of slowing down and David Pastrnak, who signed a long-term deal just before training camp started, will be looking to build on his credentials. There are some real unknowns, however, beyond the Bruins’ top two lines, but they’re hoping that some of their young players might be able to make the step up to full-time NHL work and contribute with consistency. Charlie McAvoy’s push during the playoffs gave the Bruins a lot of hope on the blueline.

    Now the not-so-good stuff. The Bruins don’t have a whole lot of scoring depth and look to have gotten themselves into a pickle by signing aging veterans such as Matt Beleskey and David Backes to fill those roles. And it boggles the mind to consider that GM Don Sweeney did nothing to upgrade the team’s goaltending from last season, a year when the absence of a reliable backup seemed to wear Tuukka Rask down. The Bruins are skewing younger these days and nobody really knows how that experiment is going to ultimately turn out.

    BEST-CASE SCENARIO:

    Brad Marchand was out to prove he wasn’t a one-year wonder last season and did so with a brilliant 39-goal, 85-point performance. Meanwhile, Pastrnak impressed with a 34-goal, 70-point campaign that established him as a star-caliber winger, and Bergeron continued to be, well, Bergeron. There’s no better two-way center in the world. With a solid top line, the Bruins can focus on starting a youth movement.

    The face of the movement will be McAvoy, a 19-year-old rearguard who appears primed for a Zach Werenski-esque rookie season. McAvoy had three points in Boston’s short six-game playoff run, but it’s the minute-munching quality that wowed onlookers. He played more than 26 minutes per night. If he’s the real deal – and he looks to be – he immediately gives the Bruins an heir to Zdeno Chara’s No. 1 defenseman throne. Should McAvoy succeed and other freshmen, such as Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Anders Bjork, become contributors, the B’s will ride their offensive firepower, defensive depth and Rask’s goaltending to the playoffs.

    WORST-CASE SCENARIO:

    When Rask joined the Bruins in 2009-10, he usurped Tim Thomas for the starting job and put his name into Calder and Vezina Trophy contention by leading the league in save percentage and goals-against average. But where has that Rask gone? Since capturing his first and only Vezina in 2013-14, Rask’s numbers have taken a downturn. He had a .930 save percentage and 2.04 GAA in his Vezina year, but he’s been average in the three seasons since, posting a combined .918 save percentage. There are times when Rask looks like a world-beater and others when he looks suspect.

    The Bruins need more of the former than the latter, particularly given two young defensemen, McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, will be taking on big-minute roles on the blueline. McAvoy and Carlo aren’t the biggest concerns, though. Chara is 40 and simply not as effective at either end of the ice as he once was, and the depth is dubious. Despite a supercharged offense two seasons ago, the Bruins weren’t able to escape their defensive and goaltending woes to make the playoffs. We might see a repeat of that season.

    THN's PREDICTION: 5th in Atlantic. If you’re not moving ahead in the NHL these days, you’re falling behind. This looks like a group that is relying on a small core of players to do more than it’s capable of doing.

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    Game # 1

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    BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins spent a lot of time this offseason with an eye looking toward the future.

    In Thursday night's season opener, they got a glimpse at just how bright it may be.

    Jake DeBrusk had a goal and assist in his first NHL game, Charlie McAvoy added a goal and assist in his first regular-season appearance and the Boston Bruins beat the Nashville Predators 4-3.

    David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand also scored, and David Krejci finished with three assists. Anders Bjork added an assist in his first NHL start.

    "It's awesome for the three of us (rookies) to kind of get that out of the way and now you can roll," McAvoy said. "Points aren't everything that's for sure, but for offensive guys like Jake and Anders and myself...sometimes the hardest things to do is to get that zero out of there on the point column."

    Nashville tied the game 1-1 with a late goal in the first period by Viktor Arvidsson and got late goals in the third by Scott Hartnell and Filip Forsberg. But the defending Western Conference champions were outshot 32-29 on the night. Tuukka Rask had 26 saves for Boston. Pekka Rinne stopped 28 shots for the Predators.

    Boston played without center Patrice Bergeron (lower body) and forward David Backes (illness). DeBrusk and Bjork started in their absences.

    DeBrusk's parents, grandmother, sister and girlfriend were in the stands Thursday. His father, Louie DeBrusk, was shown on the jumbotron wiping away tears after his son's goal. The elder DeBrusk played 11 NHL seasons for four different teams.

    "I'm gonna be talking to him about that. It's a special moment," DeBrusk said.

    Predators coach Peter Laviolette said he took no solace from the way his team closed the gap in the final two minutes.

    "They were quicker than us, they were hungrier," he said. "It's a good look in the mirror, I think."

    The Predators face the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Stanley Cup finals rematch on Saturday night.

    The Boston Bruins went into the offseason focused on beefing up their roster with young players the front office hopes will one day become the core of the franchise.

    They made their biggest investment in youth just before training camp by signing Pastrnak, a restricted free agent, to a six-year, $40 million contract.

    That faith was on display Thursday with the scorer of the first three Bruins goal getting younger throughout the night. Pastrnak, who is 21 years old, scored the first. He was followed by DeBrusk (20) and McAvoy (19).

    It started in the first period, less than a minute after Roman Josi (cross-check) and Matt Irwin (slashing) were sent to the penalty box. Pastrnak got open in front of the blue line and slipped a slap shot past Rinne to put Boston up 1-0.

    McAvoy and Krejci assisted on the goal. For McAvoy, it marked his first NHL regular-season point. He appeared in six playoff games (three points) last season.

    The Predators were sluggish for ost of the night on offense and didn't take their first shot on goal until the 7:35 mark of the first period. They were outshot 12-8 in the period and were 0 for 2 on their power play chances.

    But Arvidsson was in the right place at the right time late in the period, flipping in a deflection off a face-off past Rask to tie it up.

    Boston announced during the game that Backes had been diagnosed with diverticulitis. The team said he will be re-evaluated in two weeks, but is expected to be out for at least 3-4 weeks.

    The news comes at a bad time for the 33-year-old, who signed a five-year $30 million contract as an unrestricted free agent last season and was expected to anchor Boston's third line. Backes battled injuries and off-ice distractions last season, contributing to a disappointing year that saw post just 38 points in 74 games.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Varlamov stops 29 shots; Avs beat B's again in Boston, 4-0

    BOSTON -- The Colorado Avalanche are heading into their home opener feeling pretty good.

    Another win in Boston certainly helped.

    Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots, Nail Yakupov scored two goals and the Colorado Avalanche continued their recent success in Boston with a 4-0 win over the Bruins on Monday.

    Sven Andrighetto and J.T. Compher scored first-period goals for the Avalanche, who improved to 11-0-0-1 in their past 12 games in Boston since the most recent loss on March 30, 1998.

    Colorado completed its season-opening three-game road trip at 2-1. Boston split its first two games -- both at home.

    "I think we're fortunate to be 2-1," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "Our best game of the road trip was certainly our third. To be 2-1 in a tough building here in Boston, against a good team to get a good solid win, this is a little bit of a sign of maturity."

    Varlamov is also off to a good start after missing the final 40 games last season following hip surgery.

    "It gives you confidence and brings confidence to the team," he said.

    Tuukka Rask made 19 saves for the Bruins.

    Boston coach Bruce Cassidy saw some mistakes from his young players that led to an early 2-0 hole, but he was most disappointed with the overall effort.

    "The core group that we rely on -- it just wasn't a good effort," he said. "I put myself in that category.

    "We're supposed to be ready to play at home, especially after having a couple of days off. That was the biggest disappointment to me. Things aren't going to go your way some nights. To not have the energy to sustain it get yourself back in the game is disappointing."

    The Avalanche grabbed a 1-0 lead when Andrighetto's shot from the slot slipped into the net off Rask's glove 4:41 into the opening period.

    Compher completed a 2-on-1 break with former Bruin Carl Soderberg by firing a wrister over Rask's left shoulder to make it 2-0 midway into the period with a short-handed goal.

    Yakupov scored when Rask came out to chase a loose puck along the boards 6:07 into the third. And Yakupov added his second goal of the game with 44 seconds left in the third.

    Cassidy even changed up the lines after the Bruins' lackluster start.

    "I think it took us seven minutes to get our first shot on net," Boston forward Ryan Spooner said. "I think he kind of thought the lines weren't working so he just switched them up."

    A "Let's Go Red Sox!" chant broke out late in the game at TD Garden -- a little before the Red Sox took the lead on Andrew Benintendi's two-run homer in the fifth inning.

    Public transportation heading into Boston was filled with fans wearing both Bruins and Red Sox jerseys with the two teams starting at nearly the same time. The Red Sox played Game 4 of the ALDS against Houston about 3 miles away at Fenway Park.

    The Bruins' best chance of the first two periods came when David Pastrnak came charging in along the left wing, cut in front and attempted to tuck the puck behind Varlamov, but he held his left pad along the ice next to the right post.

    Game notes
    Bruins D Torey Krug and C Austin Czarnik were both removed from injured reserved before the game and played. Boston's forwards Noel Acciari (surgery left index finger) and David Backes (diverticulitis) were both placed on IR before the game. ... It was the fourth time in eight seasons that Colorado played in Boston on Columbus Day. ... Bruins C Patrice Bergeron played his 900th NHL game.

    UP NEXT

    The teams face each other again in Colorado on Wednesday night.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Andrighetto scores twice, Avalanche beat Bruins 6-3

    DENVER -- Alexander Kerfoot scored his first NHL goal with some part of his lower leg.

    Doesn't really matter which part -- a first goal is a first goal and it's a "great feeling," he said.

    Kerfoot's goal and two more by Sven Andrighetto, the second an empty-netter with 1:34 remaining, helped the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in their home opener Wednesday night.

    It was the second meeting between the teams in three days. The Avalanche beat the Bruins 4-0 in Boston on Monday.

    Colorado broke things open in the second period, with Nail Yakupov, Andrighetto and Matt Duchene all beating goalie Tuukka Rask, who was replaced by Anton Khudobin for the third period.

    Trailing 4-1 midway through the third, the Bruins made things interesting with goals from Tim Schaller and Torey Krug in a 1:27 span. Andrighetto and Tyson Jost responded with empty-net goals to seal it.

    "Fun game," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "I know our players had fun playing it. The crowd was fantastic."

    In the second period, there was a scary scene for the Avalanche: Jost crawling toward the bench after taking a hit from Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid. Jost slid hard into the boards and McQuaid was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking.

    Moments later, Andrighetto scored to make it 3-1. And when McQuaid stepped out of the box, Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov was there waiting to fight. They each landed several punches before being sent to the box.

    Jost later returned to the game with his usual burst.

    "It was just a dangerous play," Bednar said. "Fortunately, he's not hurt. To see him bounce back, our guys are pretty excited to see him come back out there."

    Semyon Varlamov stopped 20 shots to help the Avalanche start on the right foot at the Pepsi Center. The team went a dismal 13-26-2 at home a season ago when it finished with an NHL-worst 48 points.

    Yakupov had three goals in the two games against the Bruins. A former No. 1 overall draft pick, Yakupov is trying to resurrect his career in Colorado.

    Brad Marchand also scored for Boston, which has dropped two of three to start the season.

    "We didn't get anything going. We woke up a little too late, when it was 4-1," Rask said. "Very tough game."

    Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy seconded that sentiment.

    "They were better than us again, the second time in three days," he said.

    Kerfoot scored at 8:19 of the opening period when a pass from Tyson Barrie appeared to bank off his leg and bounce over Rask. The 23-year-old Kerfoot signed a two-year deal with Colorado after becoming a college free agent in August. He was a co-captain for Harvard last season.

    "To get a goal is pretty special," Kerfoot said.

    Duchene set up Kerfoot's goal with a feed out front to Barrie. Duchene has two goals and three assists this season as he tries to keep his focus on the ice with his name being mentioned in trade talks since last season.

    "Same message I've preached all camp and all season so far -- I'm just here to be the best I can be for this team," Duchene said after the morning skate.

    Bednar will gladly take more of this from Duchene.



    "I haven't thought about Matt's situation, his circumstances, whatever you want to call it, since we opened training camp, to be honest," Bednar said. "He's anchoring that line with Kerfoot and Yakupov, and they're good every night. As long as they stay competitive and keep working like that, that's all I care about."

    Game notes

    C Patrice Bergeron missed a third straight game with a lower-body injury. Bergeron's next one will be his 900th game with the Bruins. ...
    Two time winner of the "Zukes" Cup (2011, 2012)

    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

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    Game # 4

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    Bruins roll over winless Coyotes 6-2

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Boston Bruins played scattered in their own end in consecutive games against Colorado, leading to a pair of ugly losses.

    A trip to the desert, where they always seem to play well, turned out to be just what the Bruins needed to get back to their game.

    Better in their own end and sharp with the puck, the Bruins stretched their winning streak in Arizona to seven straight with a 6-2 victory over the still-winless Coyotes on Saturday night.

    Zdeno Chara had a goal and two assists, Anton Khudobin stopped 29 shots and the Bruins answered both Arizona goals in less than a minute to beat the Coyotes for the 11th straight time overall.

    "It's funny, you have a good strong shift, another line has a good strong shift after that and it feels like it's snowballing," Chara said. "You start rolling and feeling like you're taking control of the game."

    Boston fell behind late in the first period, quickly erased that deficit, then raced away from the Coyotes with three second-period goals to emphatically bounce back from the two Colorado losses.

    David Pastrnak scored in the first period for the Bruins, then Chara, Jake DeBrusk and Brad Marchand in the second. Tim Schaller and Anders Bjork each scored late in the third period after Arizona cut the lead to 4-2.

    "Tonight was `let's be stingy' and the last two games we have not been of that mindset," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We got going late in the first and in the second we really did a good job of winning pucks and starting our transition game."

    Arizona had numerous defensive miscues, gave up multiple breakaways and got another shaky game from backup goalie Louis Domingue to remain the Western Conference's only winless team (0-4-1).

    Mario Kempe scored his first career NHL goal and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had his 41st career power-play goal, most ever by a Coyotes defenseman, but it was the breakdowns that left the Coyotes frustrated.

    "When pressure hits this team for some reason, adversity, they just forget where to go and start running around," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "That's the dumbfounding thing. I don't understand it."

    The Bruins and Coyotes got the season off to slow starts thanks to shaky defense.

    Boston won its opener 4-3, but allowed 10 combined goals in consecutive losses to Colorado. Tuukka Rask started all three games, though was replaced Khudobin in third period of Thursday's 6-3 loss in Denver.

    Arizona has struggled as top goalie Antti Raanta has battled injuries.

    Domingue has labored with Raanta out, entering Saturday's game with a 3.99 goals-against average after allowing a pair of soft goals (three overall) against the Red Wings on Thursday.

    Both teams were good inside their blue lines early until Kempe deflected a shot by Anthony Duclair past Khudobin's stick side on a delayed penalty.

    Arizona's lead lasted 36 seconds, erased after a shot by Chara caromed off Pastrnak's body past Domingue.

    A third deflection goal early in the second period put Boston on top, this one on a power play by DeBrusk on a shot by David Krejci. Chara later punched in his own rebound after Domingue made a difficult save and Marchand gave Boston a three-goal lead after an Arizona mistake set up a breakaway.

    Ekman-Larsson scored late in the third period, surpassing Fredrik Olausson's franchise record of 40 power-play goals by a defenseman. Schaller scored 23 seconds later and Bjork scored on a power play for his first NHL goal to put it out of reach.

    "It feels like we're making too many mistakes, we don't play smart enough and that's why we're losing games right now," Ekman-Larsson said.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Game # 5

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    Tuch, Shipachyov lead Golden Knights past Bruins

    LAS VEGAS — Alex Tuch and Vadim Shipachyov made the most of their debuts with the Vegas Golden Knights, as they each scored a goal in a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday.

    It was just the seventh career game for Tuch, who played in six games with Minnesota last season, while Shipachyov was making his NHL debut. Both players were recalled from Chicago of the AHL to fill roster spots for the suddenly banged-up Golden Knights.

    "I always want to make a statement. I gotta try to prove myself in this league. I understand the situation management was in. It wasn't performance based so that made me feel a little bit better," said Tuch, who had four goals and an assist in three AHL games. "I tried to go down there and prove I was one of the high-end guys in the AHL, and now I'm trying to prove that I can make this league."

    Also making his Vegas debut was goalie Malcolm Subban, who stopped 21 shots for the win against his former team.

    "The biggest thing was just not thinking, staying focused, staying in the moment. It feels really good to get the first win in your first game," said Subban, who had started only two NHL games, both for Boston. "My first shot I got good control on it and that got me in the game a lot. You never know how the game is going to go in the NHL. It's really technical. Sometimes you don't get a lot of shots, so you gotta stay focused, and I felt I did that tonight."

    Subban, who was claimed off waivers Oct. 3 from the Bruins, got the nod when No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day. He spent most of his time in Providence, where he played in 127 minor league games over four seasons. His best year statistically was the 2014-15 season, when he finished with a .921 save percentage. In his only two previous NHL starts, Subban had a .727 save percentage for the Bruins.

    "We know Malcolm well. He's a good first-shot goaltender. We wanted to put some stress on him, make him uncomfortable in those second ones, and I don't think we did a very good job with that," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We obviously needed more urgency to create more offence, but they don't make it easy. They smelled victory. They were the fresher team obviously. These aren't excuses, I'm just saying what I saw out there was our guys ran out of gas, some of them 'cause they got overplayed to a certain extent earlier in the game."

    The Golden Knights took a 1-0 lead with 5:21 left in the second period, when Tuch poked the puck away from Sean Kuraly, skated past Kevan Miller and beat Boston goalie Tuukka Rask with a shot in the upper left corner for his first NHL goal.

    Three minutes later, after Rask stopped Tuch's attempt and fell on his back with traffic around the net, Shipachyov slid the puck past the scrum in front to make it 2-0 with 2:14 left in the period.

    Rask made 25 saves for the Bruins. With its goalie pulled for an extra skater, David Pastrnak scored Boston's goal with 30 seconds left.

    Golden Knights centre Oscar Lindberg added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds remaining.

    The Bruins, who completed their first of 14 sets of back-to-back games after winning 6-2 in Arizona on Friday, were 4-8-2 in the second game of back-to-backs last season.

    Boston now returns home for a four-game homestand after completing a 1-2 road trip.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

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    Game # 6

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    Bergeron leads Bruins over Canucks 6-3 with goal, 3 assists

    BOSTON -- Welcome back Bergie.

    Patrice Bergeron made his season debut for Boston and showed no lingering effects from offseason surgery, finishing with a goal and three assists in the Bruins' 6-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

    "I was ready to go," said Bergeron, who missed the first five games of the season while still recovering from surgery on a sports hernia. "You don't know what to expect obviously. You're trying to hope for the best, but, you know, I don't want to say I was surprised because you want to be at your best every time you step on the ice."

    Anders Bjork scored twice, Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists, and David Krejci and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist.

    After starting the season 2-3, the Bruins were ready to welcome back their top-line center.

    "It's incredible, the way he came back and dominated the game after being out for that long," said Marchand, who helped set up Bergeron's goal at 11:53 in the third. "He's able to calm things down in the room, on the bench, and he leads by example. You know, he just does everything that a top guy does."

    The Bruins scored five straight goals after falling behind 1-0 early in the first period, three of them on a five-minute major and finished 4-for-8 on the power play.

    Anton Khudobin made 26 saves for Boston while starting in place of Tuukka Rask, who is out indefinitely with a concussion he suffered in practice Wednesday.

    Derek Dorsett, Bo Horvat and Thomas Vanek scored for the Canucks, and Michael Del Zotto had two assists. After falling behind 5-1, Vancouver had cut the deficit to 5-3 by the end of the second period before Bergeron scored on a one-timer off a feed from Pastrnak for a power-play goal at 11:53 in the third.

    "Our penalty kill wasn't great tonight," Vancouver coach Travis Green said. "Any time you give up four goals on the power play on the road you're not going to win too many hockey games."

    The Bruins scored three power-play goals in the first after Erik Gudbranson was called for a boarding major for a hit from behind on Frank Vatrano 6:13 into the game. Gudbranson also received a game misconduct and a fighting major when Tim Schaller stepped in for his fallen teammate.

    "Schallsy did an awesome job stepping up there," Marchand said. "The power play did a great job of kind of taking over that game and giving us a big enough cushion that was tough for them to come back from."

    Boston capitalized on the major penalty with three goals. Pastrnak gave Boston its first lead when he took the puck end-to-end and split a pair of Vancouver defenders in front of the net and beat Jacob Markstrom 9:03 into the first. Just after the faceoff, Boston was right back in the Canucks zone and Bjork scored his second of the game on a snap shot from the circle at 9:26 of the first off a setup from Krejci.

    Still on the major power play, the Bruins scored again 1:24 later when a long rebound off a shot by Bergeron bounced right to Krejci at the left circle and he knocked in the puck for his first goal of the season.

    "It was good that we were able to kind of find our groove again. You know, we were really good last year and we've struggled a bit early on here," Marchand said.

    Bergeron got his second assist of the night on Krejci's goal and added a third at 10:05 of the second period when Marchand's wrist shot from the right circle beat Anders Nilsson, who replaced Markstrom after the first.

    Bergeron also assisted on Bjork's first goal, which tied it at 1-all 3:29 into the game, and added his first goal of the season with a one-timer from in front at 11:53 of the third to put Boston up 6-3. Pastrnak and Marchand assisted on the goal, which moved Bergeron past Ken Hodge to No. 7 on the Bruins' scoring list with 675 points.

    Nilsson finished with 16 saves on 18 shots. Markstrom was pulled after allowing four goals on 17 shots in the first.

    Game notes

    Boston was 4 for 8 on the power play. ... It was the 900th career game for Bergeron and the 100th for Schaller. ... Krejci had a goal and an assist before leaving with an upper-body injury. ... Ex-Bruin Loui Eriksson was out for the Canucks with a knee injury. ... With Rask sidelined, the Bruins called up goalie Zane McIntyre from Providence of the American Hockey League. ... The Bruins also activated right wing David Backes (diverticulitis) and placed center Ryan Spooner on injured reserve with a tear in his right groin. Spooner was hurt last week at Las Vegas and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

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    Game # 7

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    O'Reilly scores in OT to rally Sabres past Bruins, 5-4

    BOSTON -- The Buffalo Sabres hope their exciting victory can turn around what's been a slow start so far.

    Ryan O'Reilly scored 2:59 into overtime to give the Sabres a 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, capping a comeback from a pair of three-goal deficits.

    Former Boston University star and Hobey Baker winner Jack Eichel had a goal for the Sabres. Jason Pominville, Benoit Pouliot and Evander Kane also scored for Buffalo, which has just one regulation win this season. Robin Lehner stopped 27 shots.

    "We talked before the game that we just needed to play a 60-minute game and the result will take care of itself," Buffalo coach Phil Housley said. "Obviously we like the end. It's just one game, but it's something we can build off."

    They actually needed a few extra minutes.

    "I think we need to use this game as an example of what it takes to win a hockey game," Eichel said.

    Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each scored two goals for the Bruins, and Anton Khudobin made 37 saves.

    The Bruins held leads of 3-0 and 4-1, but Buffalo tied it when Kane scored out of a scramble in front with 2:08 to play.

    "It's tough. These are the games you can't lose," Marchand said. "We obviously didn't do the job there in the third to close it out."

    O'Reilly then won it when he spun from the side of the net and slipped a backhander over Khudobin. The play was reviewed, but the goal was upheld because a Boston player pushed Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen into the goaltender a few seconds before the shot.

    "They made the call. You know how those go," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I lost so I disagree with it. They won so I'm sure they agree it with. They're tough calls, sometimes they go your way."

    With the Bruins leading 2-0, Marchand fired wrist shot that caromed into the net off the right post for his second goal of the game 37 seconds into the second period.

    It could have been worse for the Sabres, but Lehner dropped to make a pad stop on Sean Kuraly's clean breakaway seconds later.

    Buffalo sliced it to 3-1 when Pominville snapped a wrister by Khudobin's glove, but Pastrnak scored when his shot from the slot hit Buffalo defenseman Matt Tennyson's skate and bounced into the net at 11:42.

    Marchand had a chance for the hat trick in the period, but Lehner made a sprawling save at the edge of the crease on his clean break in.

    Eichel's goal cut it to 4-2 late in the period. Pouliot's score sliced it to one midway into the third.

    Pastrnak scored off the rebound of Tim Schaller's shot 13:16 into the opening period, giving the Bruins a 1-0 edge.

    Marchand made it 2-0 with a power-play goal a little less than two minutes later when he beat defenseman Marco Scandella to a loose puck after a faceoff and scored on a backhander.

    Making his second straight start with top goalie Tuukka Rask sidelined indefinitely with a concussion sustained in practice this week, Khudobin made an arm stop on O'Reilly's short-handed bid on a partial breakaway late in the first period.
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    Game # 8

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    Heinen scores 2 to help Bruins beat Sharks 2-1

    BOSTON -- As injuries continue to mount for the Boston Bruins, Danton Heinen arrived just in time.

    Heinen scored both goals and Anton Khudobin made 36 saves to lift the Bruins to a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

    "It was pretty cool," Heinen said. "It's something you dream of your whole life and you just kind of go into shock for a bit."

    Heinen scored for the first time in his career after being recalled from Providence earlier in the day when David Krejci could not suit up for the second straight game. Heinen broke a second-period tie when he tucked a shot inside the left post after Marc -Edouard Vlasic misplayed the puck in the corner at 13:27.

    Joe Thornton scored for San Jose, which went 1 for 6 on the power play. The Sharks had one in the final two minutes after Brandon Carlo went off for slashing and got three shots while creating havoc in front of Khudobin but couldn't capitalize.

    "We were pushing and pushing," Thornton said. "Just couldn't get another one past him."

    Thornton tied the score at 1 when he scored on the power play and slipped the puck past a screened Khudobin to tie Jari Kurri for 20th all-time on the NHL scoring list with 1,398 points.

    Khudobin made his third consecutive start for Tuukka Rask, who is recovering from a concussion and is expected to return Saturday.

    "Give the goalie credit," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "He made some big saves but we have to find a way to score more than one goal."

    Heinen scored short-handed when he knocked in the rebound of David Backes' shot and beat Martin Jones at 9:41 of the first period.

    "The Sharks are a very good team," Khudobin said. "You have to have a little bit of luck in this league, but the defense did a hell of a job in front of me tonight."

    Jones made 31 saves and had won four straight and only allowed five goals in the last four games.
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    Game # 9

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    Toffoli beats OT buzzer to lift Kings past Bruins, 2-1

    BOSTON -- Call it a walk-off winner, a buzzer-beater, whatever you want. Tyler Toffoli simply had one of the most improbable game-winning goals.

    Toffoli scored off a faceoff -- his second goal of the game -- just before time expired in overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

    With 0.9 seconds left and the puck dropped for a faceoff, Anze Kopitar won the draw back to Toffoli, who unloaded a shot that beat Tuukka Rask to the far post from the top of the right circle, stunning the Bruins and the TD Garden Crowd that seemed ready for a shootout.

    "It was right in my wheelhouse and I got all of it," Toffoli said.

    The clock had been reset by the referees from 0.4 to 0.9 before the faceoff after an icing by the Bruins. Los Angeles coach John Stevens called timeout and set up the play.

    "We just took the timeout and Johnny said this is what we're doing," Toffoli said. "Kopi got it back clean and I got it off as fast as I could."

    The Kings' celebration was delayed by a replay review, but they mobbed Toffoli after it counted.

    Jonathan Quick made 29 saves for the Kings, who are off to their best start in franchise history at 9-1-1.

    "You wonder how it could happen?" Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Boy, it would be tough to see if you could do it again if you tried it a hundred times."

    Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins and Rask, playing his first game after missing the previous three with a concussion sustained in practice, stopped 28 shots.

    "It's something that happens once in a blue moon," Marchand said. "Tough way to lose."

    Kopitar knew it was a memorable goal and incredible execution of the play.

    "I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon," he said. "I've never seen it in my hockey career to work like that."

    In the closing minute of regulation, the Kings kept the puck in Boston's end for a lengthy stretch before Rask made a splendid glove stop on Alex Iafallo's wrist shot from the slot.

    In the overtime, Quick made three big saves. He came across the crease to rob Charlie McAvoy, dropped to spoil Anders Bjork's partial breakaway and robbed McAvoy again in the closing minute.

    Rask also made a few stellar stops -- the best came on a close chance by Toffoli.

    The Bruins made it 1-0 at 5:27 of the opening period when Marchand skated hard to the net, reached out and redirected McAvoy's pass from the left boards.

    Just under four minutes later, Toffoli tied it for the Kings when he stole Torey Krug's backhanded clearing attempt, cut to the net and slipped a shot behind Rask.

    Like most of the game, both teams tightened even more defensively in the second, limiting the scoring chances.

    Rask had to make a couple of nice stops. The first came when he dropped to make a pad save on Andy Andreoff's bid from the edge of the crease.

    With just under four minutes to play, Rask stopped Jake Muzzin's blast from the point and controlled Adrian Kempe's rebound bid despite losing his stick in a scramble.

    The Bruins seemed determined to shoot high against Quick when they had chances, firing rising wrist shots.

    Despite being held to very few chances in the second and only five shots on goal, Boston defenseman Paul Postma's shot appeared to graze the top of the cross bar late in the period.
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    Game # 10

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    Panarin, Bjorkstrand lift Blue Jackets over Bruins 4-3 in SO

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Artemi Panarin gave himself a nice 26th birthday present.

    Panarin and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in a shootout, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Monday night after squandering a two-goal lead in the third period.

    Columbus has won eight of its first 12 games, a franchise record for October.

    Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for his sixth win. He also had an assist -- the eighth of his career and first this season.

    Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for the Bruins, who lost their second in a row and dropped to 4-4-2.

    The Blue Jackets had been plagued by slow starts but got on the board 1:59 into the game when David Savard threw the puck toward the net and it wiggled past Rask off a deflection. Alexander Wennberg and Matt Calvert assisted on Savard's second goal of the season.

    "With the starts we've had lately, it's always nice to go up in a game early like that," Savard said.

    After a pair of unsuccessful power plays, Columbus found the back of the net again with less than three minutes left in the first period. Boone Jenner, playing in his fifth game after returning from injury, scratched and clawed at Markus Nutivaara's rebound until he put it past Rask at 17:08. Josh Anderson was also credited with an assist on Jenner's first goal of the season.

    The Blue Jackets' third goal of the night came at 8:27 of the second period when Nutivaara took a handoff from Bobrovsky and sent it nearly the length of the ice to a driving Tyler Motte, who put the puck in the net.

    "It was a great pass," Motte said. "I'd like to see how far that traveled before it got to my stick. It found a way, and it was right there."

    The goal was Motte's first with the Blue Jackets and came just hours after he was recalled from the minors to take the place of injured Cam Atkinson.

    "From his first shift on I thought he gave us energy and did a lot of good things," coach John Tortorella said. "I had to move him into a spot where he was getting more ice time."

    Patrice Bergeron got the Bruins on the board with his second goal of the season, a power-play score at 15:37 of the second with a shot from the point off around-the-horn passes from Danton Heinen and David Pastrnak.

    It was the first power-play goal given up by Columbus at home this season, and the first the Bruins scored against the Blue Jackets with a man advantage since Nov. 30, 2013.

    With both teams skating 4-on-4 in the third period thanks to penalties on Calvert and Brad Marchand, Torey Krug caught Bobrovsky moving side to side and made it 3-2 at 10:26. Assists went to Kevan Miller and Pastrnak.

    Marchand came out of the box and tied the game 40 seconds later, scoring the Bruins' second power-play goal of the night with assists by Bergeron and Pastrnak. It was Marchand's eighth goal of the season and the 200th of his career.

    "We put ourselves in a bad spot and we fought our way out of it, so that's the positive," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I don't like to see us start like that. I take a lot of pride in being ready to go. I thought we weren't as a group. We corrected it and gave ourselves a chance to get two points. It just didn't work out in the shootout."

    Although Columbus dominated much of the game, its power play continued to flounder as the team failed to score all four times it had a man advantage.
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    Game # 11

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    Kuraly's 1st NHL goal lifts Bruins over Golden Knights 2-1

    BOSTON -- In a game with limited offensive opportunities, two unexpected sources created all the scoring chances the Boston Bruins needed.

    Sean Kuraly scored his first regular-season goal to snap a tie midway through the third period, sending Boston to a 2-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.

    Kuraly and Riley Nash both scored on rebounds, setting up in front of the Vegas net to put them in position when the puck finally bounced Boston's way.

    "When you're not scoring pretty goals, you need to go to that area and give yourself the best odds of scoring," Nash said. "The game is funny sometimes. You get a lot of chances and nothing seems to go your way. Then you get a couple bang-bang and you feel like anything can go in."

    Kuraly got to a rebound during a scrum in front of the Vegas net after a shot by Torey Krug with 10:07 left, restoring Boston's lead and helping the Bruins to avoid being swept by the expansion Golden Knights in their inaugural season.

    It was the second assist of the night for Krug, who helped set up Nash's goal early in the second for Boston, which was coming off consecutive losses in overtime and a shootout.

    "I was lucky enough to find one on the doorstep," said Kuraly, who scored twice in a playoff game against Ottawa but had no goals in 18 previous regular-season games. "I think you just keep working and doing the right things and treating the game with respect, it kind of respects you."

    Cody Eakin scored for Vegas, which fell to 0-3 on a six-game road trip out East.

    Losing 2-1 was actually a sign of improvement for the Golden Knights in the midst of their first losing streak. The trip started ominously with losses to the New York Islanders and New York Rangers, who both scored six goals against the NHL newcomers.

    "You're not going to win on the road or anywhere when you give up six goals, so I thought our team played a smart game, a strong game tonight on the road and we just fell short," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said.

    Maxime Lagace, making his second NHL start, had 26 saves for the Golden Knights, who beat Boston 3-1 on Oct. 15 in the first meeting between the expansion club and the Original Six franchise.

    "They got two lucky bounces," Lagace said. "It's too bad, but we'll have to be back for next game in Ottawa. We have a long road trip and we can't take breaks."

    Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots for the Bruins. Rask faced just eight shots in the first period, which was three more than Boston managed in the opening 20 minutes.

    Nash broke the scoreless tie when he poked a rebound past Lagace 3:24 into the second period. Nash got a shot off a few seconds earlier that hit the far post and bounced to Austin Czarnik, who put it right back on Lagace and the rebound went right back to Nash for his first goal of the season.

    "It was not the prettiest goal I ever scored, but when you haven't scored in 10 games, you'll take it any way it comes," Nash said.

    Eakin evened the score 9:34 into the second on a one-timer off a pass from Nate Schmidt, who intercepted a clearing attempt in the Boston zone and set up Eakin at the right circle.
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    Game # 12

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    Wilson gets 2 goals; Capitals beat Bruins 3-2

    BOSTON -- Tom Wilson got his first two goals of the season, and then joked about the one that got away.

    "I think the third would have been the best," he said, breaking into a smile after the Washington Capitals continued their recent success against the Boston Bruins with a 3-2 victory on Saturday night.

    "I think he got a skate blade on it or something," he said about a clean look in the third.

    Alex Ovechkin also scored for the Capitals, who have won their last 10 meetings against the Bruins, including two in overtime. Braden Holtby made 31 saves while improving to 12-2 against Boston for his career.

    "We weren't happy how we played a couple of games," Ovechkin said. "Sometimes you're just cruising around. I think today our line played very well."

    David Pastrnak scored both goals for the Bruins, who had collected at least a point in their last six games, going 3-0-3. Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots, falling to 1-10-5 in his career against Washington.

    The Bruins fell behind 2-0 in the opening period.

    "I think we have a young -- and I'm not blaming it on young guys -- we have a young, inexperienced group," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I think some of these games they wait to see what happens instead of initiating. They need to have a better understanding of; be on time, get going right away."

    Pastrnak's power-play goal out of a scramble cut Washington's lead to 3-2 with 2:32 to play, but Holtby made a couple of stops in the closing minute after the Bruins pulled Rask for an extra skater.

    "We had a bad start and you can't have that," Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said. "They made us pay in the first period."

    Wilson got the Caps on the board when he collected the puck near the side of the net after Lars Eller's backhander caromed to him off the skate of a Boston defenseman, and the winger slipped a quick wrist shot inside the post.

    Less than a minute after Rask made a glove stop on Ovechkin on a clean breakaway, the star forward one-timed Evgeny Kuznetsov's cross-ice pass into the net with a blistering shot from the left circle.

    Boston closed to 2-1 when Pastrnak collected Bergeron's feed in the slot, shifted and tucked a shot behind Holtby 3:37 into the second, but Washington regained its two-goal edge late in the period.

    Wilson, positioned near the top of the right circle, tipped Brooks Orpik's shot from the point, with the puck sailing over the head of Rask just under the crossbar.

    Wilson nearly got a third goal while the Capitals were short-handed early in the third, but Rask made a pad save when Wilson cut in alone. Eller had a breakaway late on the same Boston power play that drew a spattering of boos from the TD Garden crowd for the Bruins' sloppy play.
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    Game # 13

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    Bruins solve Minnesota goalie Dubnyk early, beat Wild 5-3

    BOSTON -- A couple of lucky bounces helped the Boston Bruins build an early lead against Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk.

    They followed that with their best period of the season.

    Jake DeBrusk and Frank Vatrano each scored a first-period goal off a Wild player's skate, and the Bruins held on for a 5-3 win Monday night and their third victory in the last 11 games against Minnesota.

    "The plays are not going to be pretty every time," Boston captain Zdeno Chara said. "Sometimes not the pretty one is effective."

    Sean Kuraly and Torey Krug both scored in the second for the Bruins, shut out in two matchups versus Dubnyk last season.

    Chara and Jordan Szwarz each had two assists as Boston solved Dubnyk early this time. He was pulled after facing 24 shots in two periods.

    "A couple of tough bounces there to keep it down 2-1," Dubnyk said.

    Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots for Boston, including a right-pad save on Mikael Granlund's penalty shot with 13:05 to play.

    "We played a very solid game in that second period especially," Rask said. "We created a lot of offense the right way and it paid off."

    Eric Staal, Nino Niederreiter and Granlund each had a goal for the Wild, who lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.

    Staal scored a short-handed goal on a clean breakaway with 4:04 left to cut it to 4-3, but the Bruins held on for their second win in five games.

    Minnesota pulled its goalie with about 2 1/2 minutes left and Tim Schaller wrapped it up with an empty-netter in the final minute.

    After the Wild took a 1-0 lead on Niederreiter's goal 4:53 into the game, the Bruins finally found a way to score against Dubnyk by getting two just more than two minutes apart midway through the period.

    DeBrusk tied it at 10:23 when his shot caromed into the net off the skate of Wild defenseman Ryan Suter.

    Vatrano gave Boston the lead for good when he fired a shot from the top of the left circle that hit the post, bounced off the back of Dubnyk's left skate and into the net.

    "Sometimes the hockey gods are with you and they were with us tonight," Vatrano said.

    And the Bruins didn't stop there.

    "The first shift wasn't good," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I think it was probably our best period all year if you take away that first 20 seconds."

    In the second, Minnesota's Mikko Koivu missed an excellent scoring chance when he lifted a backhand that hit off the crossbar in the opening minute.

    The Bruins then took control when Kuraly and Krug scored a little more than two minutes apart early in the second.

    Kuraly, charging to the net, scored on the second rebound of Schaller's shot. Krug one-timed David Pastrnak's drop pass by Dubnyk.

    "We got a couple in the third, but when you're down as many as we were it's tough to come back," Staal said.

    The Bruins dominated play for most of the second, holding the Wild to one shot on goal in the opening 15 1/2 minutes and only four in the period.

    Granlund was awarded a penalty shot after he was tripped by Krug near center ice.
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    Game # 14

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    Vesey, Rangers beat Bruins 4-2 for 5th straight win

    NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers are suddenly rolling thanks to timely scoring and tight defense, especially the brand exhibited against Boston on Wednesday night.

    Jimmy Vesey scored two first-period goals 29 seconds apart, Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves and New York beat the Bruins 4-2 for its fifth straight victory.

    Pavel Buchnevich and Rick Nash also scored for the resurgent Rangers, who improved to 8-7-2 despite losing seven of their first eight games.

    "We're moving in the right direction," Lundqvist said after his seventh win this season and the 412th of his career. "We're back in the race."

    David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron had the goals for Boston.

    The Rangers came out strong against their old rivals, outshooting the Bruins 16-7 in the opening period and scoring three times. Boston had the better of play in a scoreless second, with a 13-8 shots advantage.

    New York led 3-1 heading into the third period before Bergeron cut the margin to one at 6:44 with his third goal of the season. Lundqvist was able to hold off the Bruins before Nash scored into an empty net with 7.7 seconds left.

    "When you get a lead, you have to know how to play. I thought we were pretty smart with the puck," Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. "We are confident. We have to keep on working and keep grabbing points when we are on a roll like this."

    Buchnevich opened the scoring at 9:53 of the first with his seventh of the season, but Pastrnak quickly tied it at 10:14. Pastrnak's team-leading ninth goal was assisted by Bergeron and rookie Anders Bjork.

    Vesey, who played four years at Harvard, then jammed a loose puck past Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask at 14:41, with assists from Buchnevich and Mika Zibanejad, to put the Rangers ahead 2-1.

    Vesey increased the lead at 15:10 when he slid another close-in shot past Rask for his fourth of the season. It was the fastest two goals by a Rangers player since Jaromir Jagr scored twice in 26 seconds on Nov. 14, 2006.

    "I consider myself a goal scorer. I've done that my whole life," Vesey said. "I got a couple of greasy ones tonight. Maybe it will take off from here."

    The 24-year-old Vesey had six game-winning goals among the 16 he scored as a rookie last season. He had only two goals this season going into the game against his hometown Bruins (6-5-3).

    Boston played without top forward Brad Marchand, who sustained an upper-body injury in the previous game.

    The Bruins' lineup included several recent call-ups from Providence of the AHL, and coach Bruce Cassidy wasn't happy with his team's start.

    "The first part of the game we had some passengers. We are not going to win on a regular basis if we have passengers," he said. "We don't need young guys to come in here and lead this club. We just need them to do their jobs."

    The goal by Buchnevich was his seventh of the season and came after he eluded 40-year-old Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara and roofed the puck over Rask. The Russian forward has been on an offensive spree lately with six goals and three assists in his last seven games.

    "We weren't playing on our toes," Chara said. "The Rangers were more aggressive. We need to do a better job."

    The Rangers have won seven of nine since a 1-5-2 start to the season. They were trailing expansion Vegas 4-2 at home heading into the third period Oct. 31 but scored four unanswered goals to win 6-4. Then they defeated Tampa Bay and Florida in overtime on the road before returning home to beat Columbus on Monday.

    "We've been starting games a lot better and it's been working for us," Vesey. "Now we have five in a row."

    The Rangers have 256 wins over the Bruins, the most against any opponent in their 91-season history, and have won six straight versus Boston since January 2016.
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    Patrick Marleau scores in OT, Maple Leafs beat Bruins 3-2

    TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock thought he'd be heading to Boston with nothing to show for the first meeting of a home-and-home series with the Bruins.

    Things turned quickly Friday night, with the Maple Leafs tying it with a minute left in regulation and Patrick Marleau scoring 1:07 into overtime for a 3-2 victory.

    "It looked like we'd get nothing and then suddenly we got two (points) so that's positive," Babcock said.

    David Pastrnak put the Bruins ahead with 5:30 to play and a second remaining on a Boston power play, batting in a rebound while goalie Frederik Andersen was sprawled out after turning away Jordan Szwarz.

    Babcock pulled Andersen with 2:04 to go looking for the equalizer and, with exactly a minute to play, James van Riemsdyk tied it at 2, redirecting Mitch Marner's slap pass from the top of the crease.

    Marner then started the rush on the winning goal, slowing up at the blue line while handling the puck to create some space before finding Jake Gardiner, who perfectly placed a low shot in a spot Marleau could get his stick on it. "Both really great plays," said Marleau. "(Marner's) coming into his own and playing really well."

    Added Babcock: "Great to see Mitch be important at the end and get a couple points. If you work real hard you're usually rewarded so good for him."

    Andersen had his second straight solid start, making 33 saves en route to Toronto's third consecutive win and fifth in a row against Boston dating to last season.

    Patrice Bergeron had the other goal for the Bruins, while Brad Marchand returned to the lineup after missing two games with an injury.

    "The tying goal we were soft on it, I can't sugar coat it," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "If you have to ice it, that's fine. We didn't get it out, they made a play."

    Anton Khudobin stopped 30 shots in defeat and wasn't being faulted by his coach after giving his team a chance to take two points on the road.

    "Guy's been real good for us, seems he's been tightening up his game," Cassidy said. "Give him credit, he was solid."
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    Marner, van Riemsdyk lead Maple Leafs past Bruins, 4-1

    BOSTON -- The Toronto Maple Leafs made this a lot easier for Curtis McElhinney with a quick lead. The backup goalie took care of things from there.

    McElhinney stopped 38 shots, Mitchell Marner and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist and the Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 Saturday night to complete a sweep of the home-and-home series.

    Nearly two weeks ago in a start in Los Angeles, McElhinney gave up three first-period goals in a 5-3 loss. Toronto gave him a quick 2-0 lead this time.

    "It's always nice to get a couple of quick goals and have a lead to play with," said McElhinney, playing just his third game this season. "I saw a lot of pucks tonight and they did a great job of tying rebounds up."

    Morgan Rielly and Patrick Marleau also scored to help the Leafs win their fourth straight one night after a 3-2 overtime victory at home over the Bruins.

    "I thought we did lots of good things," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "When you have the lead, you can be efficient. I thought we did a good job clogging up inside."

    Frank Vatrano had Boston's goal and Tuukka Rask finished with 21 saves. The Bruins have lost four of five games (1-3-1).

    "If you keep playing hard, good things will happen," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We can't start feeling sorry for ourselves if it's not going our way."

    Boston had a two-man power-play advantage for 67 seconds early in the third, but was limited to two shots on goal.

    "You've got make better decisions and take control with it," Bruins defenseman Torey Krug said.

    Rielly then made it 3-1 by beating Rask on a shot that found its way through a group of players at 6:52 of the third. Marleau capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 1:47 to go.

    Marner and van Riemsdyk scored 5 1/2 minutes apart in the first period to give Toronto its 2-0 lead.

    Marner stole a clearing pass from defenseman Brandon Carlo in the high slot, cut in and sent a wrist shot that beat Rask on the glove side at 8:52.

    Nazem Kadri sent a pass that van Riemsdyk redirected into the net from just outside the crease with 7:44 remaining in the period for his 14th goal in 30 career games against the Bruins, his most versus any team.

    Boston pulled to 2-1 on Vatrano's score with 4:42 left in the first when he tipped Krug's shot from point, sending the puck sailing into the net over McElhinney's left shoulder.

    McElhinney stopped 13 shots in the second period, his best coming when he slid across to make a glove stop of Marchand's backhander.
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    Ritchie, Manson lead Ducks past slumping Bruins, 4-2

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kevin Roy and Josh Manson played their college hockey in Boston at Northeastern, and the Anaheim Ducks' two Huskies couldn't deny an extra jump in their stride when they got the chance to hurt the Bruins with big goals.

    Nick Ritchie and Manson had a goal and an assist apiece, and Roy scored his first NHL goal in the Ducks' 4-2 victory over slumping Boston on Wednesday night.

    Roy played four seasons at Northeastern before turning pro last year. He opened the scoring with his first goal in his third NHL game, slipping into the slot and swatting in a loose puck.

    Before the game, Manson said he predicted Roy would get his big goal against the Bruins.

    "Playing Boston, I knew he would bring his A game," Manson said. "It was awesome. I couldn't be more happy for him. He's worked really hard. I've seen the progress through college. He's a goal scorer. It's the first of many."

    Roy acknowledged "a little extra motivation" in facing the Bruins. He triumphantly displayed the puck for a team photographer in the dressing room afterward.

    "I didn't see it (go in)," Roy said. "I just heard the noise and saw the players around me. It just felt awesome. It's a moment you dream of. Getting the first one is pretty special."

    John Gibson made 39 saves and Antoine Vermette had an assist in his 1,000th NHL appearance as the Ducks won for just the second time in seven games. Derek Grant also scored in Anaheim's eighth consecutive win over the Bruins.

    Danton Heinen and Noel Acciari scored and Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots for the Bruins, who opened their California road swing with their fourth consecutive loss. Boston had defensive breakdowns, but also couldn't seem to catch a fortunate bounce at Honda Center.

    "They were all kind of broken plays, deflections, so they're all frustrating," Rask said. "We played a decent second period, and we still got down."

    Anaheim had only three shots on goal in the second, but scored twice while taking control of just its fifth win in 12 home games.

    Several minutes after Heinen tied it midway through the period with a nifty backhand for his third career goal, Manson alertly flung the puck toward Boston's crease while skating into the corner. The puck ricocheted off Zdeno Chara's skate for Manson's first goal since March 26.

    Ritchie then scored his first goal since Oct. 24, tipping home a pass from Vermette shortly before intermission. The power forward had his first multi-point performance since March 28.

    Major early-season injury problems have reduced Anaheim and Boston to patchwork replicas of their once-impressive rosters. The remaining Ducks are handling those absences better lately than the Bruins, who have scored more than two goals only twice in their last 10 games.

    "I'm not going to use that as an excuse," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We've got some young players up front, we know that, but at the back end and our goaltending, there is experience there."

    The Bruins played without key forwards Brad Marchand and Anders Bjork, who both stayed home in Boston with undisclosed injuries. They've been ruled out for Thursday's game in Los Angeles as well.

    David Krejci missed his 11th straight game for Boston, but could be close to returning soon. David Backes, Ryan Spooner and Adam McQuaid also are out with long-term injuries.

    The Ducks scratched defenseman Hampus Lindholm with a lower-body injury. Anaheim is still without captain Ryan Getzlaf, center Ryan Kesler, defenseman Cam Fowler, goal-scoring forward Patrick Eaves and goalie Ryan Miller.
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    Bruins make Chara's goal hold up for 2-1 win over Kings

    LOS ANGELES -- The Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings were two teams going in the wrong direction, the losses suddenly piling up for both of them.

    Something had to change when they met Thursday night and it did for the Bruins, who made Zdeno Chara's tiebreaking goal in the second period stand up for a 2-1 victory over the Kings.

    "Our guys were sick of losing," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said after his team snapped a four-game skid.

    The Kings, however, continued their unexpected spiral. After starting the season 11-2-2 for the best record in the Western Conference, they have dropped four in a row.

    "We're going to have to dig down," coach John Stevens said. "You can't have part of your lineup going. You need your whole lineup going if you're going to win. It doesn't matter who you're playing."

    The Kings won in Boston on Oct. 28 in the last second of overtime off a faceoff. This time, the Bruins returned the favor.

    Patrice Bergeron won a faceoff for Boston in the first period and the puck went to Charlie McAvoy, who skated across the crease and lifted a backhand over the shoulder of goalie Jonathan Quick.

    "I thought we played a much more complete game," McAvoy said. "We really wanted to get a win. It's been a while. We put together a complete 60 minutes."

    Los Angeles tied it 1-all at 4:33 of the second on a power play. Jussi Jokinen found Drew Doughty open in the middle and the defenseman flicked in his fourth of the season.

    Boston regained the lead at 13:16 when Chara fired a slap shot from outside the lower part of the circle that deflected off the stick of Los Angeles' Trevor Lewis a few feet in front of the net. The puck nicked the back of Quick's jersey and went in for Chara's second goal this season.

    "I'm real happy with the way we played," Chara said. "We battled and deserved to win."

    But the Bruins still had to hang on to preserve the victory, with almost 27 minutes yet to play.

    "It's been an issue for us, closing out games," Cassidy said. "We did it well, comfortable. We didn't look scrambly. We didn't look like we lost our composure or poise."

    The Kings never got another puck past backup goalie Anton Khudobin, who stopped 27 shots and improved to 4-0-2.

    Quick made 28 saves for Los Angeles.

    "You had that sense we did not want to let it go," Chara said. "You had that feel on the bench."

    The Kings aren't sure what to feel after getting off to such an impressive start and now suddenly reeling.

    "I don't think we're playing a 60-minute game," Anze Kopitar said. "Parts of the games, we play like we need to be, where we're in their zone making plays, creating chances.

    "And in parts of the games, we're just pretty much non-existent out there. That's got to change. We have to have a better effort from everybody for a full game."
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    Khudobin stops 36 shots to help Bruins beat Sharks 3-1

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Anton Khudobin enjoyed getting pestered with shots early. He didn't have time to let his mind wander.

    Khudobin stopped 36 shots to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

    "I like it busy," Khudobin said. "I don't have to think about anything else. The third period start was unbelievable. ... I don't think I faced a shot until halfway through the period."

    Peter Cehlarik, Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen scored to help the Bruins get their second straight win after a four-game skid (0-3-1). Boston had totaled nine goals in its previous five games, scoring more than two for just the second time in nine November games.

    "It went our way," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "They were clearly better than us but we come out 2-1. If you stick with it, good things happen."

    Khudobin remained unbeaten in regulation (5-0-2) and improved to 4-1 with a 0.99 goals-against average in five games against the Sharks.

    Timo Meier scored and Aaron Dell finished with 18 saves for the Sharks, one of the lowest scoring teams in the league. San Jose has been held to two of fewer goals in five of their seven games this month.

    "Guys in this room can score; we just have to do it," Sharks Logan Couture said. "I thought we had good chances and a lot of them at the end. We've got to create offense. If you don't score goals, you're not going to win."

    Meier gave the Sharks, losers of two straight following wins in six of seven, a short-lived 1-0 lead after tapping in a rebound 4:50 into the game. Daniel O'Regan, making his season debut, won the puck behind the net and skated around to take the shot that bounced to Meier. It was O'Regan's first career assist and second career point.

    "I just kind of fished it out and wanted to bring it to the net," O'Regan said. "Timo made a nice finish."

    Cehlarik, in his 14th game, scored his first career goal about 1 1/2 minutes later to tie it for the Bruins.

    Boston took the lead on DeBrusk's goal with 9:14 left in the first. Charlie McAvoy cleared a puck in his zone that DeBrusk, one of three rookies who scored, chased down and easily beat Dell 1-on-1.

    "It's massive," DeBrusk said. "We all want it so bad and we all work so hard. These are big games for us."

    Heinen made it 3-1 with 5:51 left in the third. Kevan Miller skated down the ice, drawing all the attention on the right side. He passed across the crease, from where Heinen tapped it in.

    "He made a heck of a play," Heinen said. "I just put my stick on the ice."

    The Sharks had a goal negated for the second straight game, this one two minutes in.

    "We got enough looks tonight to score," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "We're doing more good than bad we're just not being rewarded."
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    Bruins top Devils behind Khudobin, McAvoy

    NEWARK, N.J. -- By his own admission, Charlie McAvoy does not have a bag of tricks that he can use in the shootout.

    And the Boston Bruins may hope it stays that way.

    "I can't say I was expecting that," Patrice Bergeron said of McAvoy's backhand goal scored in the 11th round of the shootout to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

    The goal was McAvoy's first ever in the shootout at the NHL level. Prior to this game, the Bruins had only been in one shootout this season.

    "He's so skilled and it's hard on goalies, especially when they don't know the tendencies of the player they're facing," Bergeron said. "It was a great move and I was relieved that it was over with."

    That the game reached the shootout was due in large part to Anton Khudobin, who made 40 saves as Boston improved to 9-7-4 with its third straight win-all with Khudobin in goal.

    "Hard work pays off," Khudobin said. "When guys are playing like this, blocking shots ... there will always be positive results."

    Jake DeBrusk and Patrice Bergeron scored first period goals for the Bruins.

    The Bruins weren't the only team who left feeling good about their performance. Even though New Jersey has dropped three of its last five in falling to 12-5-4, collectively the Devils felt they deserved a better outcome.

    "I thought we deserved a better outcome," New Jersey coach John Hynes said.

    Jesper Bratt and Brian Gibbons scored for the Devils, and Cory Schneider made 27 saves.

    The shootout opened with Hall and David Pastrnak trading goals. And it stayed that way until McAvoy's game-winner.

    "(Schneider) was challenging," McAvoy said. "I thought maybe if he was out far I could try and pull it by him."

    Prior to the extra period, the first of three regular season meetings between the longtime Eastern Conference rivals was essentially a special teams affair.

    Despite not scoring on their four power plays and surrendering a man advantage goal to the Devils, it was the Bruins who left with two points thanks to two first period even strength strikes and the play of their ostensible backup goaltender.

    The Bruins struck first when rookie left winger DeBrusk opened the scoring with his fifth of the season with a shot from the right circle at 1:25. And Bergeron added to Boston's lead with his fifth of the season at 11:02.

    "Give Boston credit," Hynes said. "They came out hard. Unfortunately for us we made a couple mistakes early and they (scored) on (them)."

    The Bruins had a two-goal lead and Khudobin, who made his third straight start, tried to make it hold up with a pad save on a Nico Hischier break-in with and a diving stop on Travis Zajac in a span of 1:13. But there was nothing he could do on Bratt's power play goal with 2:50 left as New Jersey's rookie right winger lifted a loose puck in the slot to halve the deficit while Brian Boyle was tied up with Zdeno Chara in front of Khudobin. A video review upheld the goal.

    The game remained 2-1 until the Devils equalized on Gibbons' top-of-the-crease deflection with 4:44 left in regulation. Up to that point, though, Khudobin was the story as the netminder stopped a Blake Coleman shorthanded attempt with 10:35 left in the second. Khudobin also benefitted from Hischier, the first overall pick in last June's NHL draft, losing control of the puck alongside the goal line late in the period. Midway through the third, Khudobin stoned Hischier from the top of the crease.

    "He's been playing great hockey," McAvoy said of Khudobin. "He gave us a chance tonight when they were putting the pressure on."

    The Devils outshot the Bruins, 42-29.
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    Pastrnak goal in 3rd lifts Bruins to 4-3 win over Penguins

    BOSTON -- After letting a pair of two-goal leads slip away in the second period, the Boston Bruins got the break they needed early in the third and put an end to the rallies.

    David Pastrnak scored on a breakaway 5:06 into the third period, snapping a 3-all tie and giving Boston the lead for good in a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

    "Maybe we were a little sleepy, but we get a good break," Pastrnak said. "When you're playing a good way you get the lucky bounces and today went our way. I think we deserved it."

    Pastrnak got the puck in-stride when Riley Nash threaded a pass to him at center ice, then beat Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray on his glove side for the only goal of the third period.

    That was all the margin Anton Khudobin needed as he stopped all eight shots he faced in the third and extended Boston's winning streak to four straight. Khudobin, who's been in net for all four, finished with 17 saves, including one with seven seconds left with the Penguins pushing hard for overtime.

    "We've been consistently inconsistent for stretches of game. That just happened to be in the second period tonight," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I thought our response was good in the third period. We didn't give up much and obviously created enough to score a goal and get the win."

    Matt Grzelcyk scored his first career goal and David Krejci had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who are on their longest winning streak this season.

    Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, which rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 to tie it with three goals in the second period. Matt Murray finished with 30 saves for the Penguins, who lost their third straight.

    "I think everybody could be better," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. "We need to be better if we're going to get the results. We need to be more consistent. We can't show up after the first 20 minutes of the game and expect to win games consistently."

    After being outshot 14-4 in the first period, Pittsburgh pulled within 2-1 just 1:02 into the second on a one-timer by Jake Guentzel with assists by Crosby and Kris Letang.

    Grzelcyk put Boston back up 3-1 at 10:31 of the second when Krejci misfired on a slap shot from the blue line and the puck slowly found Grzelcyk for a wrist shot that hit Matt Murray's glove and continued into the net. Grzelcyk is the seventh Boston player to score his first career goal this season.

    Phil Kessel pulled the Penguins within 3-2 with 14:07 into the second, the Crosby tied it with 2:16 left in the period on a goal that withstood two video reviews. Crosby tapped the puck in off Khudobin after he deflected a shot straight up and the puck landed on his chest. The play was under review for several minutes before the referees called it a goal. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy felt Crosby interfered with Khudobin and challenged, but after a much shorter review the goal was still good.

    Pittsburgh outshot Boston 8-5 in the third, but Khodobin didn't let anything else past him.

    "It was great that we were able to battle back, but we can't put ourselves in that spot," Crosby said.

    Guentzel scored 1:02 into the second on a one-timer off passes from Letang and Crosby.

    Krejci scored 6:13 into the game and Sean Kuraly added a goal 10:51 in to put Boston up 2-0.
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    Ryan Strome breaks tie, Oilers beat Bruins 4-2

    BOSTON -- The Edmonton Oilers headed home trying to build on a big victory.

    Ryan Strome broke a tie early in the third period and Cam Talbot made 23 saves in the Oilers' 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday night.

    "I don't know why we make life so hard on ourselves," Strome said. "The challenge is consistency and hopefully we can find that here."

    Edmonton has the second worst record in the Western Conference and has won consecutive games only once this season.

    "We finished the trip off the way we wanted to," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "We have to break the spell now and put two together."

    Strome scored 2:07 into the third when he took a pass from Leon Draisaitl and wristed a shot from point blank range over goalie Tuukka Rask's shoulder.

    Draisaitl added an empty-netter with 51 seconds remaining. The Oilers won for the second time in six games and beat Boston for the sixth straight time after dropping the previous 13.

    "You hope that guys can gain some confidence," Oilers forward Milan Lucic said.

    Patrick Maroon and Adam Larsson also scored for the Oilers.

    David Pastrnak and David Krejci scored for Boston. Rask stopped 32 shots in his first appearance in five games after backup Anton Khudobin had led the Bruins to four straight victories.

    "He (Rask) played well but we only scored two goals," Pastrnak said. "It's hard to score goals when we don't shoot enough and we just didn't do all the things we have done during our four wins."

    Krejci converted a feed from Riley Nash to tie it at 2 with 4:29 remaining in the second period.

    Maroon and Larsson scored less than five minutes apart midway through the second period to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead.

    Pastrnak had a power-play goal at 14:03 of the first to snap Boston's 0-for-17 drought with the man advantage.

    "We lacked energy and I couldn't kick start us," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We got the early power-play goal but couldn't extend the lead and that's disappointing playing at home." Rask made 32 saves but has dropped four straight.
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    Rask helps Bruins hold off Lightning, 3-2

    BOSTON -- Tuukka Rask heard the question about personally needing to string together some wins and didn't hesitate to answer.

    "I need them. I need them," he said, smiling, after the Boston Bruins hung on for a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.

    Rask made 19 saves to snap his four-game losing streak, providing a solid effort with coach Bruce Cassidy facing some fans' desire to play backup Anton Khudobin more.

    "We need both goaltenders to be good for us to excel as a team," Cassidy said. "Tuukka needs his reps as well. He's a good goalie. He made those big saves and we got him that extra goal."

    Charlie McAvoy and Riley Nash scored first-period goals as the Bruins totally controlled the opening 20 minutes and into the second.

    "You're watching the shot clock and you try not to -- it was like 30-6 or something," Rask said. "You knew they were going to come."

    Boston outshot the Lightning 32-12 through two periods.

    Torey Krug also scored and Brad Marchand assisted on the first two goals for the Bruins, who opened a 3-0 lead to post their fifth win in six games. Boston improved to 13-3 in its last 16 at home against the Lightning.

    Steven Stamkos and Andrej Sustr scored for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves. Tampa Bay, which entered the game with the NHL's best record, lost for the third time in four games following a season-high five-game winning streak.

    Criticized lately for his uneven play combined with recent solid performances by backup Khudobin, Rask raised his record to just 4-8-2 this season. Khudobin is 7-0-2.

    Rask flashed his pad to block Ryan Callahan's tip from in close late in the game.

    The Bruins came out strong in the opening period, firing 19 shots on goal en route to a 2-0 lead after one.

    "We looked like a team that was coming off a back-to-back in the first period," Stamkos said. "We didn't have our legs. They came out hard. They dominated us."

    McAvoy snapped off a shot from the right circle that slipped through a crowd of players and past Vasilevskiy to make it 1-0 at 7:27. Originally, it was waved off for goaltender interference with Boston's Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand at the edge of the crease, but Cassidy challenged the call and it was overturned.

    Nash fired a wrister that sailed over Vasilevskiy's left shoulder with 2:47 left.

    Vasilevskiy faced nearly as many shots in the first as he did the entire game a night earlier when he stopped 24 in his sixth career shutout, a 2-0 victory at Buffalo.

    "We have to find a way to get a better start," Lightning forward Chris Kunitz said.

    Ryan Spooner set up Krug's goal that made it 3-0 early in the second. After the Bruins kept the puck in Tampa Bay's zone for a lengthy stretch, Spooner backhanded a pass that Krug one-timed inside the right post.

    Sustr snapped a shot from the right point that sailed into the net past a group of players and by Rask's glove midway into the second. Stamkos one-timed Nikita Kucherov's pass for a power-play goal in the third after Brandon Carlo was whistled for interference 46 seconds into the period.
    Two time winner of the "Zukes" Cup (2011, 2012)

    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Rask stops 28 as Bruins blank Flyers

    PHILADELPHIA — Tuukka Rask made 28 saves to help the Boston Bruins beat Philadelphia 3-0 on Saturday, sending the Flyers to a club record-tying 10th straight loss.

    Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have won six of seven. Ryan Spooner also scored.

    Philadelphia was shut out for the third time during its slide and sixth time this season. It's the first 10-game losing streak for the franchise since Feb. 6-23, 2008.

    Wayne Simmonds tried to get the Flyers going by winning a first-period fight with Kevan Miller, but it didn't work.

    The Bruins jumped in front on Spooner's first goal of the season 14:30 into the game. Flyers rookie Nolan Patrick created the chance for Boston, turning the puck over in Philadelphia's zone to Noel Acciari. The Bruins centre pushed the puck forward to Spooner, who got behind the Flyers defence and beat Brian Elliott 1-on-1.

    Boston scored two more in the second.

    Pastrnak extended his point streak to five games with his 13th goal just over 6 1/2 minutes into the period. Marchand, in his second game back after missing six in a row due to injury, hustled in front of Flyers rookie Robert Hagg after Philadelphia won a faceoff in its own zone. He poked the puck toward Pastrnak, who beat Elliott with a perfectly placed wrist shot past the goalie's blocker.

    Marchand made it 3-0 a little more than four minutes later. Charlie McAvoy found a wide-open Marchand in front of the net, and he sent a backhander past Elliott.

    The Flyers appeared to get on the board with 58.6 seconds left in the period on a wrist shot from Claude Giroux, but the goal was waved off after the officials determined Simmonds interfered with Rask after a lengthy review for a coach's challenge.

    Boston also had a goal disallowed when Acciari deflected the puck with a high stick with 11:10 left in the third.

    Shayne Gostisbehere took a bad penalty with Philadelphia on the power play late in the second period, needlessly cross-checking Marchand in his own zone. Bad penalties have been a frequent issue for the Flyers during their skid.

    The Flyers held a players-only meeting following their last defeat, a 3-1 home loss to San Jose on Tuesday in which the team was badly booed and fans chanted for the firing of coach Dave Hakstol. On Saturday, though, fans just left early rather than voice their displeasure.
    Two time winner of the "Zukes" Cup (2011, 2012)

    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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