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    Game # 25

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    Donato nets shootout winner in return, Bruins best Isles 2-1


    Ryan Donato fakes out Robin Lehner and backhands one home to give the Bruins a 2-1 win over the Islanders in a shootout.

    BOSTON -- Ryan Donato knew he couldn't afford to let a golden opportunity to get himself back into the fold pass him by.

    Donato, recalled Wednesday after a demotion to Providence of the AHL, grabbed the puck and charged toward the net on the Boston Bruins' fourth attempt in a shootout Thursday night.

    The 22-year-old left wing deked right and tucked the puck past New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner to give Boston a 2-1 win.

    Donato hopes that will be enough to earn himself another extended look with the big club.

    "It was big. You want to make sure you have an immediate impact on the game, show the coaches and staff that you developed in your time (at Providence)," Donato said. "I tried to do that to the best of my abilities, and hopefully I proved that to them today."

    Donato was sent to Providence on Nov. 1 after a disappointing start to his second NHL season, scoring just one goal in 11 games. The former Harvard standout had five goals and four assists in 12 games a season ago.

    "We know he can score, so he was going to be in the rotation. We just weren't sure where," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Clearly Tuukka (Rask) obviously gave him that chance to go, and he took advantage of it."

    Rask stymied the Islanders with 28 saves and Brad Marchand scored in regulation for the Bruins, who ended up in their first shootout this season.

    Anders Lee had a goal and Lehner made 35 saves for the Islanders, who lost their second straight game.

    Lehner allowed just one goal in regulation after giving up three or more in four consecutive starts.

    "Tuukka had a great game and kept us out of it, but so did Lehnny," Lee said. "He played an incredible game. It comes down to the shootout, one of those things. Worst-case scenario, (it's) a point on the road."

    New York had a goal waved off with 3:47 to play in overtime after Anthony Beauvillier fell behind Rask in the crease before Mathew Barzal flipped the puck over the goaltender.

    Lee, the Islanders' captain, netted his eighth goal of the season with 7:43 left in the first period, poking a rebound through Rask's pads after Scott Mayfield sent the puck on net from the right circle.

    Lee's goal came seconds after a delayed penalty drawn by Barzal.

    Marchand tied it for Boston with 7:51 to play in the second following Nick Leddy's high-sticking penalty. Marchand rocketed a one-timer from the right circle off a feed from David Pastrnak.

    Marchand's tally snapped a seven-game goal drought and was his first since scoring once in a 4-1 win against Vegas on Nov. 11.

    The Islanders and Bruins meet twice more this season, next on Feb. 5 in Boston.

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    The Bruins retired longtime right wing Rick Middleton's No. 16 before the game. Middleton, nicknamed "Nifty," spent 12 seasons (1976-88) with Boston and ranks third in team history in goals (402) and fourth in points (898).
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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 # 26

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    Nielsen, Howard help Red Wings beat Bruins 4-2

    Frans Nielson finds the back of the net to put the Red Wings ahead in their 4-2 win over the Bruins.

    BOSTON -- Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard looked like he had enough of Brad Marchand, looking to get at the Bruins' forward after getting slashed.

    The rest of his Red Wings teammates had enough of losing in Boston, too.

    Frans Nielsen scored his first goal of the season to break a tie with 8:07 left in the third period and Howard made 37 saves, lifting the surging Red Wings past the Bruins 4-2 on Saturday night.

    It snapped Detroit's nine-game losing streak in TD Garden. It was the Red Wings' first win here since Oct. 14, 2013. Also, the Bruins had gone 15-1-2 in their last 18 games overall against Detroit.

    "It's been a tough place for us to play; really to come up with a point," said Howard, who tried to square off with Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask after the exchange with Marchand.

    Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin had second-period goals, and Gustav Nyquist added an empty-netter for the Red Wings, who improved 11-4-1 in their last 16 games after opening the season with just one win (1-7-2) in their first 10.

    "This team's done a lot where they've been physically intimadating over the years," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said "We want to do that. We have some bigger bodies now."

    The Bruins were still trying to match the Red Wings' hard checking despite missing two of their bigger defensemen: captain Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller, both sidelined with injuries.

    "Everyone's stepping up," Marchand said. "We've still got some guys that can throw their weight around."

    Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said some teams "could be" more physical against his team with some of the tougher player sidelined.

    David Backes and Ryan Donato had Boston's goals, and Rask stopped 22 shots. The Bruins lost for just the third time in 12 home games this season.

    Nielsen, positioned in the slot, tipped Danny DeKeyser's shot from the left point for his first goal since March 27th.

    Howard and Rask nearly squared off during a second-period scrum, but were stopped by the referees.

    Trailing 2-1 with the Bruins on a power play, Donato took a perfect cross-ice feed from David Pastrnak and beat Howard with a wrister inside the left post.

    Recalled from the minors before Thursday's win over the New York Islanders after being sent down on Nov. 1, Donato scored the lone goal in the shootout.

    The Red Wings tied it 1-1 early in the second period when Bertuzzi tipped a shot over Rask.

    They took a 2-1 edge with 2:24 left in the period on Larkin's power-play goal. Seconds after Anthony Mantha fired a shot squarely off the right post, Larkin scored off a rebound out of a scramble with Rask down in front of the crease.

    The Bruins had jumped ahead 1-0 on a gift goal late in the closing seconds of the opening period when Backes backhanded the puck toward the goal from along the boards and it hit Detroit defenseman Dennis Cholowski's stick before bouncing over Howard into the net.

    Play became chippy late in the second period and escalated to both goaltenders leaving the crease and trying to square off during the scrum in front of the benches.

    It started when Marchand and Bertuzzi were jawing behind play and became heated when Marchand slashed at Howard's blocker as the goalie was skating off for a delayed penalty. At that point, Howard tried to get at Marchand and Rask attempted skate at Howard. Both threw off their gloves and blockers, but one referee each grabbed a goalie as the rest on the ice paired off without any punches thrown.

    "I was just going to go to the bench and he kind of slashed Howie," Bertuzzi 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 # 27

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    Luongo gets 77th shutout as Panthers blank Bruins 5-0

    Mike Hoffman nets two goals in the second period and the Panthers cruise to a 5-0 win over the Bruins.

    SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers are glad to have Roberto Luongo back in goal.

    Luongo, who returned to the lineup after missing five games with a knee injury, earned his 77th career shutout and the Panthers beat the Boston Bruins 5-0 on Tuesday night.

    Luongo made 33 saves and passed Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for sole possession of ninth place on the NHL's shutout list.

    "It was great for Lou to be back in there," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. "His rebound control was amazing. I'm happy for Lou -- he moved into ninth all-time and he did it in nice fashion."

    Mike Hoffman scored twice. Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists, and Mike Matheson and Evgenii Dadonov also scored. Aleksander Barkov had three assists and Keith Yandle added two.

    "The boys did a great job," Luongo said. "There weren't a lot of breakdowns, a lot of odd-man rushes, breakaways, stuff like that. It really helps my game when we play like that defensively and it also translates in offense for our club. Take more of those, hopefully."

    The return of Luongo was a game-time decision, and it turned out to be the right call.

    "It was a huge boost for the team," Hoffman said. "He's a solid goaltender. He definitely was a big part of this win."

    Jaroslav Halak made 39 saves as the Panthers had a season-high 44 shots on goal. The Bruins lost for the third time in four games.

    "Tonight, it was men against boys at times, it looked like," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Some of our younger players had their hands full."

    Huberdeau made it 3-0. His shot from the left circle was blocked by Halak, but the puck trickled through his pads at 15:14 of the second period. Huberdeau has six consecutive multipoint games, one short of the franchise record set by Pavel Bure.

    "Everything is working right now. It's unbelievable," Huberdeau said. "I want to try to keep it simple out there and it's been working. I just want to keep doing that game after game."

    Hoffman's second goal with five seconds left in the second on a power play made it 4-0. Hoffman has 26 points in his last 24 games.

    "Tonight, we just didn't execute in the second period and that cost us the game," Halak said. "And we just have to regroup. That's the bottom line. We need to find a way to win."

    Dadonov's power-play goal with 5:34 remaining in the third made it 5-0.

    Hoffman scored the first goal of the night. With traffic in front, Halak lost track of the puck, which was sitting on his left side at the goal line until Hoffman poked it in at 4:21 of the second.

    Matheson gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead when he brought the puck down the length of the ice and beat Halak on the stick side with a shot from the right circle at 13:13.
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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 # 28

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    Lightning beat Bruins 3-2 for 5th consecutive win

    Mathieu Joseph fakes right and scores left early in the third, and later Anthony Cirelli nets the third and final goal to give Lightning a 3-2 win over the Bruins.

    TAMPA, Fla. -- It was a pair of players in their first full NHL season that sent the Tampa Bay Lightning to their latest victory.

    Mathieu Joseph and Anthony Cirelli scored early in the third period and the Lightning won their fifth consecutive game by beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Thursday night.

    "It's hard to play with a team with four lines rolling like this," Joseph said. "We're a team that has a lot of depth and it's huge."

    After Joseph scored at 2:40, Cirelli put home a short-handed backhand 1:23 later to make it 3-1.

    Lightning star Steven Stamkos didn't get an assist on Cirelli's goal but played a key role by swatting the puck out of danger in the defensive zone with his glove after losing his stick. The puck went to Cirelli off a Boston player.

    "I just saw a chance and went for it," Cirelli said.

    Boston pulled to 3-2 on David Krejci's goal with 1:45 remaining.

    Brayden Point also scored and Louis Domingue made 33 saves for the Lightning, who have the NHL's best record at 22-7-1.

    David Pastrnak had a goal for Boston, and Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots. The Bruins have lost three in a row and four of five.

    Boston was coming off a dismal 5-0 loss Tuesday night at Florida.

    "Tonight is a little more disappointing (than frustrating), to be honest with you," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We were right there."

    Point got his 21st goal, including seven over his last eight games, to tie it 1-all with 5:01 left in the first. Nikita Kucherov set up the goal with a backhand pass and has 20 assists and 25 points in his last 12 games.

    Pastrnak got his 20th goal in his 28th game this season on a rebound 2:04 in. Jaromir Jagr -- on four occasions -- is the only Czech-born player to reach the 20-goal mark in fewer games.

    Domingue made a pad save on a late first-period breakaway by Pastrnak, who went to his backhand.

    "I was pretty lucky," Domingue said. "I probably should have known that he didn't have the room to cut to his forehand. Sometimes you've got to be lucky to be good."

    Pastrnak also had an assist.

    Boston activated defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who had been sidelined since Oct. 20 due to a concussion. The injury-depleted Bruins are still without center Patrice Bergeron (ribs), and defensemen Zdeno Chara (lower body), Kevan Miller (throat) and Urho Vaakanainen (concussion).

    "We weren't quite there yet, but much better than Florida," Cassidy said. "We had a few passengers. You can't afford that against the No. 1 team."
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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 # 29

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    Krejci moves up Bruins' scoring list in 6-3 win over Leafs

    Brad Marchand sends a pass to David Backes, who snaps a wrist shot past Frederik Andersen for the power play goal, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

    BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins were tired of being pushed around.

    David Krejci had a goal and assist to move past Hall of Famer Cam Neely for 10th on the Bruins' all-time scoring list, and Boston snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

    Earlier in the week, Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said teams "could be" playing more physical against his more skilled players with a pair of bigger defensemen -- Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller -- sidelined by injuries. They seemed to respond.

    "That's how we were going to win tonight," Bruins defenseman Torey Krug said. "We had that edge and I think it brought a lot to the table. You look at our lineup and I think that's what we need right now. We're bringing that to the table. We need that to win."

    Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, David Backes, Ryan Donato, Danton Heinen and Krug also scored for the Bruins. Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots.

    Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen was pulled early in the third after giving up six goals on 28 shots. He entered with an 11-1 record and 2.08 goals against in his career against Boston. Auston Matthews, Travis Dermott and Andreas Johnsson each had a goal.

    The game became more heated after Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy took what the Bruins felt was a late hit by Zach Hyman midway into the third. McAvoy missed 20 games with a concussion before returning earlier this week.

    "You hate to see that," said teammate Matt Grzelcyk, who fought with Hyman. "Hopefully Charlie's okay."

    The Maple Leafs felt the extra hitting early.

    "That's hockey, and it's our job to respond to that," Matthews said. "Obviously they made a push back and we didn't respond."

    Leading 1-0, the Bruins appeared to be more physical and determined when they scored twice in the second period.

    Less than a minute after McAvoy hit the post -- Boston's second shot off iron in about a 3 1/2-minute span -- Brad Marchand set up Backes in the slot, where he fired a rising shot past Andersen's glove and inside the right post for a power-play goal at 8:54.

    Krug's first goal first of the season made it 3-0 just under nine minutes later. After a flurry of chances, he scored on a wrister from the left point.

    Heinen collected a puck along the boards early in the third, split a pair of Toronto players before flipping a shot over Andersen to make it 4-0 at 1:47.

    Dermott beat Halak with a shot from the mid-slot area 4:03 into the third, but Krejci made it 5-1 only 34 seconds later. Donato scored at 6:13, sending Andersen to the bench to a chorus of jeers and cheers. Garret Sparks replaced him and stopped all four shots he faced.

    Toronto has allowed 11 total goals in its last two games.

    "We talked about the importance of defending. It's just going out there and executing," center John Tavares said. "It's difficult to do it over 82 games. There's adversity you face."

    The Bruins had taken a 1-0 edge 11:20 into the game when Forsbacka-Karlsson redirected a pass and tapped in his own rebound.
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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 # 30

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    Krug scores in OT to lift Bruins over Senators 2-1


    David Krejci skates around back of the net and feeds Torey Krug for a game-winning goal to lift the Bruins past the Senators, 2-1.

    OTTAWA, Ontario -- Torey Krug felt like the Boston Bruins were "still in their pre-game nap" during their game against the Ottawa Senators.

    Tuukka Rask helped the Bruins stick around, and Krug gave Boston the jolt it needed for a road victory.

    Krug took a cross-crease pass from David Krejci and beat Mike McKenna with a one-timer 3:07 into overtime to lift the Bruins over the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Sunday night.

    "It was a tough game for us," Krug said. "It took us a while to wake up there."

    Krug deferred credit to Krejci on the winner.

    "It's a highly, highly skilled player making a great pass," Krug said. "He sees things that other guys can't see, even from up in the press box. He made a great play and I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of it."

    Brad Marchand had the regulation goal for the Bruins (16-10-4), and Rask made 27 saves.

    Mark Stone scored in regulation for the Senators (13-14-4), who got a career-best 42-save performance from McKenna, including a diving two-pad stack save against Sean Kuraly in overtime.

    The third period finished with a frantic seven minutes, starting with a game-saving glove save by Rask against Stone on a 2-on-1 when the Senators were short-handed and a delayed penalty was coming to the Bruins.

    McKenna stopped Marchand in close before turning aside David Pastrnak on a breakaway. McKenna stopped 14 shots in the third period as the Bruins outshot Ottawa 14-4.

    "I felt like myself and I felt like I've had a lot of good work leading up to this to be ready for it," McKenna said. "Credit to our goalie coaching, credit to my teammates and all that, but I felt like myself out there. It might have been the most (saves) in the NHL, but I've had games like that in other places before."

    Stone put Ottawa on the board 12:51 into the first who he one-timed a circle-to-circle pass from Colin White.

    The Senators failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 advantage for one minute, including the final 50 seconds of the first period.

    Marchand tied it at 1, beating McKenna at 7:49 of the second period as the Senators played a man short following an instigator penalty to Ben Harpur.
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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 # 31

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    Marchand has 2 goals, 1 assist as Bruins beat Coyotes 4-3


    Brad Marchand finds the back of the net twice in the Bruins' 4-3 win over the Coyotes.

    BOSTON -- In a span of five minutes, the Boston Bruins turned a two-goal deficit into a two-goal lead.

    David Krejci was just happy to be along for the ride.

    Moving up to Boston's top line to fill in for the injured Patrice Bergeron, Krejci assisted on three of Boston's four goals during a second-period flurry that put away the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on Tuesday night.

    Brad Marchand scored twice, and David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists for the Bruins -- all during the five-minute span midway through the second.

    "Those are two world-class players," Krejci said. "They make lots of skilled plays, so they kind of make it easy for you. ... I've just got to be at the right time at the right place, and the puck will find you."

    Arizona led 2-0 before Danton Heinen and Pastrnak scored 33 seconds apart. Marchand gave the Bruins the lead two minutes later, and then added another two minutes after that to make it 4-2.

    "It was those three minutes. We played a good hockey game for 50," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "Two-nothing, there, we backed off."

    Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for Boston, which beat the Coyotes for the 14th time in a row. The Bruins have won three in a row after snapping a three-game losing streak.

    Coach Bruce Cassidy said the victory over Toronto on Saturday night was key.

    "It can go in a hurry," he said. "Three can turn into five or six, and all bets are off and it's panic mode."

    Nick Schmaltz and Nick Cousins scored 40 seconds apart for Arizona in the first period, and Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves for the Coyotes. Michael Bunting, who was making his NHL debut, scored an unassisted goal cut the deficit to 4-3 with 5 minutes left in the second.

    "The guys bounced back really well," Bunting said. "You can feel bad for yourself and pack it in. We didn't do that."

    The 2014 fourth-round draft pick admitted to jitters before the game, and snapped out of it during the national anthem.

    "I was like, `All right, I'm in an NHL game now," he said. "It's pretty special. It's something I'm going to remember for the rest of my life."

    The Coyotes had a shorthanded breakaway midway through the third period, but the Bruins got back to keep them from getting a shot off. Arizona also pulled the goalie with 75 seconds left but managed just one shot on net, as time expired.

    BLOOD ON THE ICE

    Bruins forward David Backes rushed himself off the ice after taking a skate blade to the face in the first period. Backes was to the side of the net when he pushed Oliver Ekmann-Larsson aside and the Arizona defenseman went to the ice, kicking up his left skate on the way down.

    It caught Backes in the face and he went down before skating on his own quickly to the Bruins bench and out the tunnel. He returned for -- and won the opening faceoff to start the second period.

    Backes did not speak to reporters after the game, but he told The Boston Globe that he had a cut on the side of his nose that needed a few stitches and some ointment.
    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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