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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.

    "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 # 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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    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.
    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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