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    Boston Bruins 2018/19 Season Chatter



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    Game # 1

    0 7


    Capitals open Stanley Cup defense with 7-0 rout of Bruins


    WASHINGTON -- From banner to blowout, the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup defense is off to a rousing start.

    After watching the franchise's first Cup banner ascend to the rafters, the Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals scored two goals in the first two minutes on the way to a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. T.J. Oshie opened the scoring 24 seconds in and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the first of his two goals at 1:47 to give Washington the fastest first two goals by a defending champion in a season opener in NHL history.

    "We scored right away," Ovechkin said. "After that, they were kind of in shock."

    By midway through the second period, the Capitals chased goalie Tuukka Rask with five goals on 19 shots and ignited chants of "Back-to-back! Back-to-back!" from the fired-up crowd. That's the chant Oshie started after the victory parade in June, and it was echoing throughout the arena four months later.

    "I said it because I believe it," Oshie said. "We got a lot of guys in here that not too long ago were raising the Stanley Cup above our head. Not a lot's changed."

    Braden Holtby stopped all 25 shots he faced to improve to 15-2 with four shutouts against the Bruins.

    The emotional banner ceremony featured montages from the Capitals' playoff run and ensuing celebrations and a roar when Ovechkin carried the freshly engraved Cup onto the ice and skated a lap with it. Minutes after Ovechkin kissed the Cup and put it back in its box, he and his teammates blew away any concern about an emotional letdown and began making a statement that they want to win it back.

    "We showed we're not going to give a team easy ways to beat us," Ovechkin said.

    In Todd Reirden's first game as coach, the Capitals beat the Bruins for the 13th consecutive time, this time without Tom Wilson. Washington's top-line right winger began his 20-game suspension for another illegal check to the head of an opponent in a preseason game.

    Without Wilson, the Capitals' offense didn't miss a beat as Ovechkin scored one of four power-play goals, Kuznetsov scored his second on the power play and John Carlson beat Boston backup Jaroslav Halak on a 5-on-3 advantage. Newcomer Nic Dowd joined the fun with a spinning back-hander, and Cup-clinching goal-scorer Lars Eller added the exclamation point with the seventh of the night.

    The Bruins were not pleased by Eller's celebration, and winger Brad Marchand instigated a fight with him soon after.

    "His celebration was unnecessary," Marchand said. "He took an angle in front of our bench and celebrated in a 7-0 game. So I just let him know."

    Rask fell to 1-11-5 in his career against the Capitals with a 3.30 goals-against average and .889 save percentage that are each the second-worst of any opponent.

    "I'm out there to give us a chance," Rask said. "It didn't happen today. Three soft goals, you've got to look in the mirror and go fix it."

    Only two goals came against Halak, whose presence on banner night in Washington was poetic after his performance for Montreal in the 2010 playoffs ended one of the Capitals' previous best chances to win a championship.
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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 # 2

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    Halak stops 32 shots; Bruins rebound to beat Sabres 4-0


    By JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writer

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Brad Marchand was relieved in seeing how the Boston Bruins went from what the forward called "brutal" one night to much better the next.

    Marchand set up all four goals and Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots in a 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, a day after Boston opened the season with an embarrassing 7-0 loss at Washington.

    "When you have a game like last night, it can definitely make you a little nervous about how things are going to go," Marchand said. "But I think this just gave us the confidence that we know we can settle down and bounce back."

    Captain Zdeno Chara and rookie Ryan Donato staked the Bruins to a 2-0 lead by the 15:34 mark of the first period. David Pastrnak scored in the second and Patrice Bergeron capped the victory with an empty-net goal with 12 seconds left.

    The new-look Sabres, featuring rookie No. 1 draft pick Rasmus Dahlin and Jack Eichel as captain, more resembled the team that finished last in the standings for the third time in five years. After receiving rousing cheers upon being introduced before the opening faceoff in their season opener, the Sabres were booed off the ice following the first and second periods.

    "Obviously, I think their fuse is a bit short for us, and rightfully so," Eichel said, referring to fans' impatience. "We haven't played well the last few years. That's on us to put a better product on the ice."

    It's been a familiar lament for the Sabres. Dating to last season, Buffalo has lost five straight overall and six in a row at home - including three shutout losses. The Sabres dropped to 0-5-1 in their past six season openers. They were shut out for the fourth time to open a season, and first since a 2-0 loss at Philadelphia in 2003.

    Buffalo failed to score despite playing much of the final five minutes with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker.

    Halak got the start a night after allowing two goals on 18 shots in replacing starter Tuukka Rask, who was yanked midway through the second period against Washington. The shutout was the 43rd of Halak's career.

    "We all knew it just wasn't good enough yesterday and we needed to come back tonight and bounce back, and that's what we did," said Halak, who signed with Boston in July.

    Chara opened the scoring 6:33 in, when he was allowed to skate in alone up the left side and beat offseason free-agent addition Carter Hutton on the short side.

    Hutton finished with 22 saves and had no chance on Donato's power-play goal nine minutes later. Donato was alone driving to the right post, where he redirected Marchand's pass from the high slot.

    The 18-year-old Dahlin had an inconsistent night and at times looked hesitant in being matched with several defensive partners. He was on the ice for the Bruins' third goal in allowing David Krejci's pass through the crease go directly through his legs. The pass set up Pastrnak, who scored while being left alone at the left post.

    Dahlin finished second among Buffalo players with 22 minutes and 37 seconds of ice time, and was credited with two hits and one giveaway.

    "Yeah, it was a little bit faster," Dahlin said of the game's pace. "I learned how a regular-season game is. I'm just looking forward to the next game. We've got to do better."
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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 # 3

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    Bergeron has hat trick, Pastrnak adds 4 points as B's roll

    BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron had a hat trick, scoring his first just 30 seconds into the game, and Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots to earn his first win of the season while leading the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday.

    Bergeron also had an assist, David Pastrnak had two goals and two assists and Charlie McAvoy had his first career three-assist game for Boston.

    Brad Marchand picked up his fifth, sixth and seventh assists in three games so far this season, and Chris Wagner also scored for the Bruins in their home opener.

    It was their fifth straight victory over Ottawa and their second straight win this season since losing the opener 7-0 to the Washington Capitals on the night they raised their Stanley Cup championship banner.

    Ryan Dzingel scored twice for the Senators, who picked up a 5-on-3 power play with about 12 minutes left but failed to score. Mike Condon made 24 saves for Ottawa.

    The 2014 Vezina Trophy winner, Rask was pulled from the opener against Washington after allowing five goals on 19 shots in less than 28 minutes. Backup Jaroslav Halak replaced him and also started the second game, a 4-0 win over Buffalo on Thursday.

    Rask was spotted a 2-0 lead in Monday's matinee, thanks to Bergeron's goal off a rebound in the crease in the first minute. The Bruins forward also scored on a power play from the right faceoff circle with three minutes left in the first.

    It was 3-2 after two periods when Bergeron scored off Ottawa defenseman Cody Ceci's knee 4:38 into the third, sending a shower of caps onto the ice. Pastrnak made it 5-2 with 3 1/2 minutes left, but Bobby Ryan cut the deficit back to two goals just 30 seconds later.

    Pastrnak added an empty-netter from mid-ice.

    Game notes

    Boston fans broke into a couple of "Yankees Suck!" chants in the third period.
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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 # 4

    Marchand, Nordstrom score in 36-second span, Bruins win

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    BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins couldn't stop Edmonton star Connor McDavid. They did shut down the rest of the Oilers.

    The Bruins answered McDavid's early goal by scoring three straight in the first period and shut down the frustrated Oilers the rest of the way in a 4-1 victory Thursday night.

    "It's hard to stop a guy like that. Sometimes it happens with an early one. You just have to chip away," Boston's David Krejci said. "We responded really well.

    David Pastrnak tied it with his fourth goal of the season at 9:20, then the Bruins got back-to-back goals from Brad Marchand and Joakim Nordstrom in a 36-second span and Boston led 3-1.

    That was plenty of offense for Jaroslav Halak, who stopped 25 shots in his home debut for Boston to help the Bruins win their third straight.

    "We don't give them anything easy. We defended well tonight," Halak said.

    Halak didn't allow anything past him after McDavid blew through the Boston defense and slipped one in at 3:43 for his first goal of the season.

    Cam Talbot had 28 saves for Edmonton and kept it close, but the Oilers never recovered after Boston took control in the first.

    "We had a couple that were inches away," Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkinssaid. "We've just got to keep pushing through that."

    The Oilers were playing only their second game of the season after falling 5-2 to New Jersey on Saturday in Sweden.

    "We didn't create a lot of offense and when we finally did, the bounces didn't go our way," Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said. "I thought we had the start that we wanted to have."

    Patrice Bergeron added an empty-netter in the final minute and finished with a goal and an assist.

    Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk had a pair of assists for the Bruins. They have won three straight since getting shut out by Washington 7-0 in the season opener.

    After Pastrnak tied it on a power-play goal, slipping the puck between his own legs and beating Talbot with a backhand, Marchand gave Boston its first lead at 14:37 on another power play off a centering pass from Grzelcyk. Nordstrom scored again for Boston 36 seconds later on a give-and-go with Krejci.

    "It was really important that we got the next two goals," Pastrnak said.

    Edmonton just missed on two opportunities in the third. Boston captain Zdeno Chara poked the puck away after a shot by Nugent-Hopkins slid along the goal line behind Halak as Edmonton's Ty Rattie raised his arms, thinking Edmonton had scored.

    Play continued and replays showed the puck didn't cross.

    The Oilers were short-handed a few minutes later when Tobias Rieder got a breakaway on Halak, who stretched out for a save with his left pad to preserve the two-goal lead.
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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

    8 2

    Pastrnak gets hat trick, Bruins rout winless Red Wings 8-2

    BOSTON (AP) David Pastrnak scored three times, giving him 101 goals in his career, and Patrice Bergeron had three assists as the Boston Bruins kept Detroit winless with an 8-2 victory over the Red Wings on Saturday.

    It was the second career hat trick for Pastrnak, the 22-year-old Czech who has scored seven times in five games this season.

    Jake DeBrusk scored twice and David Krejci had a pair of assists for the Bruins, who also got goals from Charlie McAvoy, Anders Bjork and Sean Kuraly.

    Tuukka Rask had 32 saves to help Boston win its fourth straight while outscoring opponents 20-6 since getting shut out by Washington 7-0 in the season opener.

    Filip Hronek and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, who fell to 0-5 for the first time since 1980. Jonathan Bernier had 31 saves for Detroit, which broke up the shut out on Hronek's power-play goal 21 seconds into the third, briefly cutting Boston's lead to 4-1.

    Detroit has lost its last 10 against Boston.

    The start time was moved up to 3 p.m. from 7 p.m. because of the opener of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday night. Boston fans were looking ahead with the Bruins up big in the third period, chanting "Let's Go Red Sox!"

    Pastrnak started the rout with 51 seconds left in the first period, taking the puck from deep in his own zone and going untouched before beating Bernier with a wrist shot for his 99th career goal.

    Pastrnak got his 100th early in the second on a power-play, on one-timing a pass from Bergeron to put Boston up 4-0, and completed the hat trick at 2:05 into the period on one-timer off a pass from Brad Marchand on a 2-on-1. The game was stopped for a few minutes to clean up the dozens of hats that came showering down from the seats.

    Bergeron got his third assist on the play. He set up Pastrnak's first goal and had another assist off a faceoff win and drop pass to McAvoy for a one-timer 4:44 into the second to put the Bruins up 2-0.

    Notes: Pastrnak reached 100 goals in 259 career games, the third-fastest in franchise history, trailing only Barry Pederson (187) and Dit Clapper (247)
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    "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 # 6

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    Frolik scores twice, leads Flames past Bruins 5-2

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Michael Frolik went from healthy scratch to catalyst for the Calgary Flames.

    Frolik scored two goals to lead the Flames to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

    "It feels good when you can help the team win the game," the veteran winger said.

    Frolik had to watch his teammates edge the Avalanche 3-2 in overtime Saturday in Colorado.

    "I didn't have the start I was looking for, but it's a long season," he said. "I just try to work hard in practice, get better every day and hopefully it's going to turn around.

    "Tonight was a good start. Hopefully I can keep going."

    Johnny Gaudreau collected his 100th NHL goal and rookie defenseman Juusu Valimaki scored his first for the Flames. Matthew Tkachuk added an empty-net goal.

    Mikael Backlund and Michael Stone each had two assists as Calgary won its second straight home game. Goaltender Mike Smith stopped 24 of 26 shots in the win.

    "I like the fact we have the ability to generate offense. Now, we'll work on other things," Calgary coach Bill Peters said. "We're not quite there defensively or our play away from the puck in the neutral zone, but when we get there, we'll be a much better team."

    Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist for the Bruins. Brad Marchand also scored. Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask turned away 24 shots in the loss.

    "I don't think we were as clean as we needed to be obviously against a team that forechecks and checks well," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "That was clearly an issue throughout the game. Execution wasn't good enough to beat a good hockey team."

    The Bruins trailed 4-2 heading into the final period.

    Marchand was lightly defended when he scored at 13:45 of the second, taking a pass from Bergeron and scoring past Smith.

    Frolik nearly completed a hat trick on a short-handed breakaway, but his backhanded shot sailed over the Boston net. The Czech's second goal came results from a Boston turnover in the offensive zone. Backlund flipped the puck across the slot, and Frolik tapped it over Rask's stick at 3:32.

    On Boston's first rush after killing off Calgary's two-man advantage, Bergeron scored at 2:40 on a give-and-go with David Krejci.

    What appeared to be a goal by David Pastrnak late in the first period didn't survive a coach's challenge by Calgary's Bill Peters. The Bruins were ruled offside.

    Valimaki's first NHL goal gave the Flames a 3-0 lead at 16:08 of the first period.

    With Sam Bennett in front of Rask, the 20-year-old Valimaki's shot from the top of the circle rolled over the goaltender and over the goal line.

    "I was happy actually finding out it was mine. Pretty awkward moment at the start because I didn't know it was mine," Valimaki said. "All the guys on the bench said `it's yours' and it felt great."

    Gaudreau collected his milestone goal at 15:20. At the top of the crease, Sean Monahan batted the puck down low to the winger, and Gaudreau scored from a tough angle.

    Frolik had half an open net for a target following a nice passing play by Tkachuk and Backlund. Tkachuk hustled into the offensive zone to backhand the puck to Backlund, who was moving into the slot. Backlund flipped the puck over to Frolik to score at 4:36.

    Game notes

    Flames: Gaudreau crumpled after taking a high hit from Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy in the third period. Gaudreau played another shift, but was then pulled from the game for concussion protocol. Calgary head coach Bill Peters did not have an update on Gaudreau after the game.
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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 # 7

    Leon Draisiatl scores in overtime, Oilers beat Bruins 3-2

    Oilers defeat the Bruins 3-2 after Leon Draisaitl nets the game-winning goal in overtime.

    EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers were one of the final teams in the NHL to play their home opener, and they made the most of their home ice advantage.

    Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime to give the Oilers a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

    Connor McDavid set up the winner at 37 seconds of the extra period, and Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored to help the Oilers win their third straight.

    "It feels pretty weird having played four games and traveling all over the place and just finally playing our home opener," Nugent-Hopkins said. "This was great for the team. You have to make your home building a tough barn to come into every night and I thought as the game went on we did that."

    Cam Talbot was solid in net, making 27 saves in the win.

    "He held us in the game, it is as simple as that," Draisaitl said. "We all know what we have in him and are very proud to have him back there. He does this so many times for us. It was nice to bail him out at the end."
    David Krejci and David Pastrnak scored for Boston. The Bruins have dropped two in a row.

    "There was definitely some really good opportunities, it didn't happen for us, but I thought we persevered," Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We got behind in the third, but to score a goal to tie the game, I thought was a credit to our guys. Obviously we didn't get the win, but it's certainly a positive."

    Boston opened the scoring midway through the second period following an Edmonton giveaway. Krejci was left alone at the side of the net for his first goal of the season. The Oilers soon tied it on Yamamoto's first NHL goal.
    "It feels even better than I thought it would," said Yamamoto.

    "Words can't even describe it. It was an unbelievable feeling."

    Off McDavid's assist, Nugent-Hopkins put Edmonton ahead on a power play 7:30 into the third period. Nugent-Hopkins has seven points in the last three games.
    Boston tied it with 8:34 to go when Brad Marchand fed it in front to Pastrnak for his eighth.

    Game notes

    Edmonton was the last of the NHL's 31 teams to have its home opener. The Oilers played their first four games on the road, including starting the season in Sweden. It is the latest Edmonton has ever had its home opener in a non-lockout season. ...

    Zdeno Chara played his 900th regular season game with the Bruins. The 41-year-old has played in 1,429 games over 21 NHL seasons.
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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 # 8

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    Horvat scores in overtime, Canucks top Bruins 2-1

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green wanted his two top forwards off the ice for a line change. Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser didn't listen, and Green was glad.

    The pair teamed up to score the game-winning goal in overtime.

    Horvat scored at 3:12 of the extra period, off an assist from Boeser, and the Canucks edged the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Saturday night.

    "(I was) screaming at them to change then telling them great job after the goal," Green said.

    "They had a little juice left. Guys usually find some juice when there's a chance to score. ... So I was happy they stayed."

    Brandon Sutter scored for the Canucks in regulation, and Joakim Nordstrom scored for the Bruins.

    Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 30 shots. Jaroslav Halak turned away 20 of 22 shots for the Bruins.

    Saturday marked the second time Horvat and Boeser have joined forces to put in an overtime winner this season. Both said they were tiring when the opportunity presented itself against the Bruins.

    "I was ready to change, but it was a great play by Bo to get it over to me and I just wanted to get it back to him and give him a chance to score," Boeser said.

    Horvat agreed.

    "It definitely was a heck of a play," he said.

    "Brock and I have some good chemistry out there and thankfully the pucks are going in right now."

    Sutter opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game following a scramble in front of Boston's net. The center grabbed the puck from the fracas and slipped it in under Halak's leg for his third of the season.

    After a scoreless second period, the Bruins came out fired up in the third, pressing the Canucks defense and repeatedly putting shots on net.

    Nordstrom tied it midway through the period, ripping a shot from the top of the face-off circle. The puck skimmed Markstrom's left glove as it sailed into the back of the net.

    Boston's John Moore and Matt Grzelcyk were credited with the assists. It was Moore's 100th NHL point.

    Nordstrom also seemed to spark some animosity between the clubs.

    Horvat hit the Swedish center midway through the second period, a move that Boston's Noel Acciari apparently took issue with.

    Horvat and Acciari dropped their gloves and traded blows, with Horvat knocking off Acciari's helmet, and Acciari eventually tossing Horvat to the ice.

    It was Horvat's second NHL fight. He previously took on Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse in April 2017.

    For Boston, the loss in Vancouver marked the end of a disappointing road trip. The Bruins also dropped a 5-2 decision in Calgary earlier this week and lost 3-2 to the Oilers in overtime on Thursday.

    "Definitely it doesn't go the way we wanted on this trip but we lost back-to-back in overtime and that can go either way," right winger David Pastrnak said after Saturday's game.

    "But today was not a great first period, so try to start on time and play 60 minutes. At the end of the day I still think we were the better team after the first but we didn't score enough goals."
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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 # 9

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    Pastrnak, Bergeron combine for 7 points, Bruins beat Sens


    David Pastrnak nets a pair of goals in the Bruins' 4-1 win and is now tied with Auston Matthews for the most goals in the NHL with 10.

    OTTAWA, Ontario -- David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron put on a show, and Tuukka Rask made it stand for the Boston Bruins.

    Pastrnak had two goals and two assists, Bergeron added a goal and two assists and the Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Tuesday night.

    The Bruins (5-2-2) snapped a three-game skid and beat the Senators for the second time this season. David Krejci scored his second of the season, and Rask made 38 saves.

    Rask had allowed 14 goals in his first four starts this season.

    "Tuukka gave us the saves we needed, for his own self as well," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.

    Thomas Chabot scored the lone goal for the Senators (4-3-1), who ended a three-game winning streak to wrap a season high five-game homestand with a 3-2-0 record as they depart for a three-game trip Thursday.

    "We had 39 shots against a good team like that means we did enough to score some goals, but their goalie was very good," said Senators coach Guy Boucher. "Maybe we could have had more screens in front of him, we'll look at the video, but when you have 39 shots you have plenty of chances."

    Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots.

    Boston made it 3-1 just 21 seconds into the third on the power play. Bergeron tipped Pastrnak's shot, and then put the game out of reach as Brad Marchand dangled his way around Dylan DeMelo and found Pastrnak alone at the side for his second of the night.

    "I was kind of looking for (Pastrnak) the whole way, but I didn't see a good lane," said Marchand. "He reached, I teached and luckily it went in."

    Trailing 1-0, the Senators tied it late in the second as Chabot scored a power-play goal from just inside the blue line, but the Bruins quickly regained the lead.

    Already shorthanded, the Senators were called for too many men, giving the Bruins a two-man advantage. They scored on their first shot as Krejci beat a sprawled Anderson.

    "It was big (to get two points)," Pastrnak said. "Even though we had two points on this trip we haven't won and, obviously, every loss feels tough, so good that we (played) hard and got a big win for us."

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    Game # 10

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    Chara scores twice, Halak stops 26 and Bruins top Flyers 3-0

    Zdeno Chara nets two goals for the Bruins in 3-0 win over the Flyers.

    BOSTON -- Boston's defense provided all the offense the Bruins needed, and then some.

    Zdeno Chara scored twice, Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots and the Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 on Thursday night.

    "If I can contribute to the offense, it's always nice, but I think that we are more proud of keeping our net clean from the pucks going in," said Chara, who gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the second period and added an empty-netter with 23 seconds left.

    Fittingly, Halak got the only assist on Chara's second goal as he capped off his second shutout as a Bruin and 44th of his career.

    "Every time you start a game or play a game, you're hoping to get a win," Halak said. "If you can get a shutout, that's always more special."

    Brian Elliott kept Philadelphia close with 22 saves, but the punchless Flyers couldn't capitalize on the few chances they had to beat Halak. Philadelphia's frustration boiled over in the third period, when the Flyers hurt their own chances to rally with six penalties.

    "We have to push it in the right direction a little bit harder. That takes mental toughness right now because obviously we're going through a tough stretch here and this was a tough loss tonight," Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol said.

    Jake DeBrusk also scored for the Bruins, who improved to 6-0-2 in their last eight against Philadelphia and 9-0-1 in the last 10 meetings in Boston.

    Chara's goal 13 minutes into the second period put Boston up 1-0, and DeBrusk scored a power-play goal on a tip-in with 2:32 left in the second.

    "Any time you can give yourself a cushion with the way Jiro has been playing, it's always nice," DeBrusk said. "We were just playing smart."

    The Flyers have lost two straight -- getting outscored by a 7-1 margin -- and three of four.

    "We've got to find a way to score some goals," Philadelphia's Sean Couturier said. "We're trying to put pucks in the net. We're just not jumping on loose pucks and capitalizing on our chances."

    The Bruins improved to 4-0 at home, where they last played Oct. 13 in an 8-2 rout of the Detroit Red Wings.

    Halak was in position the few times he was tested, stopping a one-timer by Claude Giroux from the right circle with about eight minutes left in the second period. The Bruins got it going the other way and took a 1-0 lead on Chara's slap shot from the blue line through traffic. It was the 197th goal of Chara's career and first since the second game of the season.
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    Game # 11

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    Price, Canadiens blank Bruins, 3-0


    Montreal scores three times in route to a 3-0 victory over Boston.

    BOSTON -- Carey Price knew he had a lot of help in front of him and was more than willing to credit them.

    Price stopped 33 shots for his first shutout of the season, collecting his 290th career win with Montreal to move into second place in team history in the Canadiens' 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

    "Shutouts should be a team stat, really," he said. "Everybody did an excellent job on defense tonight."

    Price moved ahead of Hall of Famer Patrick Roy and is now only behind Jacques Plante -- another Hall of Famer -- who collected 314 victories with the Canadiens.

    Brendan Gallagher and Max Domi scored 1:21 apart midway into the first period and Price took over from there.

    "We did what we had to do in the third period to protect the lead and get the win," said Canadiens coach Claude Julien, who coached Boston's 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team.

    The Canadiens snapped a six-game losing streak against the Bruins, with the last victory coming at home on November 8, 2016. It was Price's 41st career shutout.

    "It's always nice to get that," he said of the shutout. "A little bit of icing on the cake."

    The Bruins lost for the first time at home this season after winning their first four -- all in regulation. They were the last NHL team to lose at home. Tuukka Rask made 20 saves.

    Gallagher gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead 9:18 into the game when he beat Rask on a tough-angle shot. The winger fired a wrister from the right circle that slipped into the net between Rask's left arm and the post.

    During a delayed penalty, Domi's hustle led to his goal that made it 2-0 at 10:39. Artturi Lehkonen was hooked breaking in alone and the puck slid behind the net where it collected it and sent it out front. Domi charged in, got the puck and shifted Rask out of position before firing it into the net under the cross bar.

    The game lacked any real intensity in the first meeting of the season between the longtime rivals; mainly because Montreal dominated defensively, limiting Boston's chances with tight defense.

    "There's a lot of things that we didn't do," Boston's Patrice Bergeron said. "Obviously, he's a great goalie, but I don't think his job was very hard tonight."

    The Bruins pulled Rask with just under three minutes to play for an extra skater, and even that didn't get them any good scoring chances before Jordie Benn banked home any empty-netter with 29 seconds left.

    Boston's Ryan Donato had a goal waved off early in the second period after a coach's challenge. The play was ruled offside after a replay review.

    Boston's lack of offensive punch in the opening two periods did very little to excite the sold-out crowd. Even a video showing Red Sox highlights only brought loud cheers for a few seconds.

    "They have a lot of smaller forwards who are able to get in on the forecheck and force teams to make plays they don't want to," Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk said. "They did that to us pretty well tonight."

    Montreal's defense did a good job of giving up most of the shots from far outside where Price was able to handle them easily. The Bruins' best bid came in the closing seconds of second period when Price made a splendid glove save on Joakim Nordtsrom's wrist shot.
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    Game # 12

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    Marchand, Bruins stop Hurricanes 3-2


    Brad Marchand warps around the back of the net and sneaks a goal in to give Boston the 3-2 victory over Carolina.

    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Brad Marchand has been in a bit of a scoring slump in the first month of the season. That all changed with a visit to one of his favorite opponents.

    Marchand scored the tying and go-ahead goals and the Boston Bruins continued their dominance of the Carolina Hurricanes with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.

    Marchand scored the tying goal with 18 seconds left in the second period and the eventual game-winner just over five minutes into the third period as Boston improved to 11-0-5 in its last 16 meetings with Carolina. The Hurricanes haven't beaten the Bruins in regulation since April 2013.

    Marchand has led that charge recently, with 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last six games against the Hurricanes.

    "It's been a little tough, I don't think I'd really been pulling my weight," said Marchand, who had two goals in 11 games before matching that total Tuesday. "It was nice to get a couple tonight. It all starts with big plays from other guys. I was just the beneficiary."

    David Pastrnak scored and Patrice Bergeron had three assists for the Bruins. Jaroslav Halak made 42 saves.

    Micheal Ferland and Dougie Hamilton scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost five of seven after a 4-0-1 start. Sebastian Aho recorded an assist for the 12th straight game, tying the NHL record held by Wayne Gretzky and Ken Linseman for most consecutive games with an assist to open a season.

    Scott Darling stopped 28 shots in his first start of the season after returning from an ankle injury.

    "We gotta learn that you can't take a breath out on the ice," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "That's what happened and, to me, that cost us the game."

    In an all-too-familiar script, the Hurricanes had the upper hand early before fading late. Ferlund stuffed home a rebound for a power-play goal to open the scoring in the first period. After Pastrnak's bad angle slap shot along the goal line oddly curled around Darling's body and tied the score in the second, the Hurricanes appeared poised to take a lead into the final period when Hamilton's slap shot from the point sailed over Halak's right shoulder with 1:27 to go in the second.

    But Marchand and Bergeron spoiled those plans. In a tremendous individual effort, Bergeron caught Warren Foegele from behind on a breakaway and fired a pass the length of the ice to Marchand, who took advantage of a Hurricanes line change and stood alone on the Carolina blue line.

    Marchand received Bergeron's pass, moved into the faceoff circle, and fired a wrist shot past Darling's outstretched right pad, tying the score with 18 seconds left in the period and stealing the momentum.

    "It starts with Bergie on the wall winning a battle," Marchand said. "I just knew I had a forward beside me and I figured if I could get by him I'd have a good opportunity."

    Marchand turned that momentum into a lead in the third. Just over five minutes in, the Bruins' speedster raced down the left side of the ice along the wall, deked Darling on the left post and flew around the net, scoring on a wraparound that gave the Bruins their first lead, and the only one they would need.

    "That's kind of how (Marchand) is, he makes something happen out of nothing," Bergeron said. "So you just try to send him and after that he just kind of finds a way."

    The stunned Hurricanes never recovered, managing only eight shots in the final period after recording 36 in the first two.
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    Game # 13

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    B's Offense Lacking in Loss to Predators

    Rinne shuts door as Boston falls 1-0 in Nashville
    by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

    NASHVILLE - Pekka Rinne celebrated his 36th birthday on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Bruins weren't able to ruin his party.

    The former Vezina Trophy winner, who was signed to a two-year contract extension by the Predators earlier in the day, celebrated with a 26-save performance and kept Boston off the board during a 1-0 Nashville victory at Bridgestone Arena.

    "One of those games," said Jaroslav Halak, who made 39 saves of his own. "I think the first period we didn't play our game. We knew it. We just wanted to come out in the second and play a better period - I think we did.

    "Just one of those games that the other goalie played well and we had some chances, just hit or miss tonight. One of those games and we just need to move on."

    The Bruins (26 shots overall) managed to land just six pucks on goal in the third period as they searched for the equalizer, leaving them frustrated with their lack of offensive opportunities. Boston also went 0 for 4 on the man advantage.

    "Clearly you can see if our power play and our top line don't score we have a tough time," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, whose team has been shutout twice in the last three games. "Our goaltender kept us in the game. I think first of all you have to be cleaner with the puck executing out of your own end, otherwise you're chasing the game, you're playing defense."

    Cassidy said he was not ready to commit to any major lineup changes in an attempt to spark the group, adding it's up to the players in the dressing room to demand more out of themselves.

    "The problem I have with that is now you're letting people off the hook a little bit," said Cassidy. "You have to take ownership of your own game at some point. This is the National Hockey League…I'm not gonna put [Brad Marchand], [Patrice Bergeron], and [David Pastrnak] all on separate lines.

    "You can move Pasta around, which we have, but at the end of the day the other guys, they have to find a way to generate a little bit…I don't think you can wait and say, 'When I get this linemate I'll be better.'

    "That's not the appropriate attitude. That's not the culture we want to create. Yes I want to tinker. But at the same token, guys have to dig in a little bit."

    Once again, Halak was outstanding, stopping 39 shots in his second consecutive start. The netminder elevated his league-leading save percentage to .952, though the loss was his first in regulation this season (4-1-2).

    "He kept us in the game," said Cassidy. "We mismanaged pucks on the breakout at least five or six times with point-blank chances."

    The one goal Halak surrendered came off a nifty sequence from Nashville captain Roman Josi, who danced around Danton Heinen and Torey Krug, before slipping one past Halak for the lone marker of the game with 5:11 left in the first period.

    "We had it on our stick…unfortunately, we were on the wrong side of the puck," said Halak. "We just didn't get it out of the zone and we spent more time. That's how they play, they play well when they can spend time in our zone and keep cycling the puck and shoots the puck from everywhere."

    Marchand Banished

    The Bruins were without Marchand for much of the second period as he served 14 minutes in penalties, the result of an incident with Nashville forward Colton Sissons late in the first. With just 2 seconds remaining in the frame, the winger was called for a high-stick on Sissons in the corner, but replays showed Marchand's stick rising above Sissons' head without making contact.

    On his way to the box, Marchand shouted at referee Marc Joannette and mimicked Sissons' embellishment, resulting in another minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

    "He bit on an embellishment," said Marchand. "That's a tough penalty to call with a second left in the period in a game like that. It was frustrating."

    Marchand continued to voice his displeasure on his way to the dressing room for the first intermission and was given a 10-minute misconduct.

    "Well it's the wrong call. It's not even close," said Cassidy. "I think they've talked about getting those [embellishments] out of the game. I hope it gets revisited because now one of our best players is out for 14 minutes for something he didn't do originally."

    Ultimately, the Bruins killed off the four-minute penalty, but were down one of their top scorers as they searched for the tying goal.

    "At the end of the day, we have to have better discipline," Cassidy said of Marchand. "I thought it was the wrong call - we killed the penalty, so it didn't hurt us at least on the scoreboard. We just lost one of our better players, I think unnecessarily."

    On Defense

    Cassidy had little update after the game on the status of Charlie McAvoy, who has not played since Oct. 18 in Edmonton due to an upper-body injury.

    "I wish I had a good answer for you," said Cassidy. "He's in the gym working out, he's not on the ice. Generally what happens is you have to practice for some level of time. Is he close? Once he gets on the ice and practices with us then I can give you a definitive answer. Until then, I have nothing. I have to worry about the guys in the lineup."

    The B's bench boss said he is not aware of McAvoy having been diagnosed with a concussion.

    "He got hit. He's felt a little bit off. In China he was off. What does off mean? He's [got] a little bit of dizziness," said Cassidy. "I think they're just allowing him to stay away until his equilibrium, or whatever you want to call it, feels better and he feels like he's back to normal energy level.

    "I'm not trying to skirt it. I think if the team had an announcement medically - he's too important of a player - they'd put it out there."

    Per Cassidy, Matt Grzelcyk (lower-body) is improving and is likely to rejoin the lineup sometime during the upcoming homestand.

    "He skated, he's getting closer," said Cassidy. "Could he be potentially back in the lineup Monday? I'd say he's a 50-50 type of situation right now. But certainly looks good for Thursday."
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    Marchand scores in OT to lift Bruins over Stars 2-1

    Brad Marchand scores on the power play in overtime as the Bruins take down the Stars 2-1.

    BOSTON -- Brad Marchand had very little room and not much time.

    He got the right bounce.

    Marchand banked home a power-play goal off the far post from the bottom of the right circle 4:29 into overtime, lifting the Boston Bruins over the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Monday night.

    "I heard it," he said. "I didn't know where it went. I heard the crowd erupt."

    David Pastrnak also scored on the man advantage for Boston, which had lost two of three. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves.

    "I think I just wanted to be solid and feel good about the game," said Rask, who has struggled this season. "At the end of the day, we played a pretty decent game -- from my part, too."

    Radek Faksa had a short-handed goal for the Stars, who are 3-1-1 on a six-game trip. Former Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 33 shots.


    "It was a little weird because I never ever played against the Bruins in TD Garden," said Khudobin, who played for Boston in parts of the years 2012-13 and 2016-18.

    "It was like the first time -- like a first game," he said. "That was the experience."

    The teams were tied at 1 just more than five minutes in.

    In overtime, the Bruins had a two-man power play after Jason Dickinson and Esa Lindell were whistled for minors 11 seconds apart.

    "It wasn't our best game, but we gave our team a chance to win on the road," Faksa said.

    With the World Series trophy won by the Boston Red Sox in the building before the game, "Dirty Water" was played briefly over the sound system after Marchand's walk-off winner -- a song played after victories at Fenway Park. It was his franchise-best 13th career OT goal.

    Earlier in OT, Patrice Bergeron hit a post with just more than two minutes to play before Rask made a glove save on Jamie Benn at the end of a 2-on-1 break on the ensuing rush.

    "I actually thought Bergy's went in," Marchand said. "I kind of stopped playing for a second."

    Despite being outshot 9-8 in the second period, the Bruins hit a post, a crossbar, missed on an excellent chance on a 2-on-1 break and had a goal disallowed late in the period.

    Noel Acciari hit the right post with a wrister from the right circle early in the period, Torey Krug hit a crossbar midway in and Anders Bjork had a goal waved off after he collected a rebound and tucked a backhand into the net.

    The puck was momentarily covered by Khudobin before squirting loose, causing one of the referees to blow his whistle, halting play.

    Boston had another good chance early in the third when Bergeron's wrist shot from the slot deflected off Khudobin and slid just wide of the right post.

    Trailing 1-0, Boston tied it when Bergeron set up Pastrnak's one-timer from the slot 5:11 into the opening period.

    The Stars had jumped ahead 1-0 when Faksa flipped a shot over Rask 3:51 into the game.
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    Game # 15

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    Horvat, Eriksson each score twice, Canucks top Bruins 8-5


    Loui Eriksson scores two goals to help the Canucks defeat the Bruins in Boston 8-5.
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    BOSTON -- The Vancouver Canucks keep on showing that they are the surprise of the Western Conference.

    Bo Horvat had two goals and two assists and the Canucks extended their winning streak to five games with an 8-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

    "There is a lot of resiliency in this room," Horvat said. "We played a pretty good game in Detroit and after a tough loss like that to come back shows a lot. In preseason, people didn't think we were going to be that high-scoring of a team, but we keep proving people wrong and that's what we need to continue to do."

    Canucks 2017 first round pick Elias Pettersson, despite notching an assist, built on his rookie scoring lead, giving him 17 points on the season. He is a big part of the reason the Canucks seemed to have made significant strides to start the season.

    Loui Eriksson added two goals and an assist and spurred a five-goal outbust in the second period for Vancouver. Ben Hutton and Erik Gudbranson each had a goal and an assist, and Antoine Roussel and Jake Virtanen added goals for the Canucks, who have scored 26 goals in the last five games.

    "I had some puck luck today probably," Eriksson said. "We know we have some young guys playing, and they are still learning, but they are handling their situations and responding well."

    Jake DeBrusk scored twice, Patrice Bergeron, Matt Grzelcyk and Danton Heinen added goals, and David Krejci finished with three assists for Bruins. Boston lost for the second time at home this season and has dropped three of five overall.

    Jaroslav Halak came into the game leading the NHL in save percentage, but was pulled after allowing five goals on 19 shots. His replacement, Tuukka Rask, didn't do much better, allowing three goals on the first eight shots he faced, including a misplay of a clearing attempt that led to the Canucks' seventh goal.

    "I was just trying to keep it under 10," Rask said sarcastically. "Just trying to do damage control as it was kind of a crazy game."

    Bergeron gave the Bruins their only lead of the game, 2-1 at 0:36 of the second, when he beat Jacob Markstrom. Markstrom made 23 saves in his sixth start of the season.

    "Pucks just found a way tonight," Halak said. "Goalies have to have a short memory, so we need to regroup quickly and get ready for two tough games this weekend."

    Eriksson and Hutton responded for Vancouver by scoring in a 1:26 span, and Vancouver moved ahead 3-2 at the 8:28 mark. After DeBrusk tied it at 3 at the 11 minute mark, Halak allowed another pair of goals 1:30 apart for a 5-3 lead at 14:53.

    "The prior two years I don't know if we had the resiliency," Gudbranson said. "A goal goes in, something bad happens and doubt would creep in, but mentally we are much stronger this year."

    Nikolay Goldobin and Markus Granlund each added two assists for the Canucks who swept the season series from Boston.
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    Game # 16

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    Pastrnak scores 3, Bruins beat Maple Leafs 5-1

    David Pastrnak nets a hat trick to help the Bruins take down the Maple Leafs 5-1.

    BOSTON -- David Pastrnak helped Boston escape a first-period onslaught with a lead, then turned the next two periods into a rout.

    Pastrnak had three goals and an assist as the Bruins overcame a sluggish start and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on Saturday night.

    "We talked before the game that we need to be better than what we've shown the last couple of games," said Pastrnak, who was held without a point Thursday night in the Bruins' loss to Vancouver.

    Pastrnak and the rest of Boston's top line bounced back nicely against the Maple Leafs.

    Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists and Brad Marchand had two assists for the Bruins, who led 1-0 after the first despite being outshot 20-6 in the opening 20 minutes.

    It was the second hat trick of the season and third career for Pastrnak, Boston's 22-year-old Czech phenom who is developing into more than just a scoring threat.

    "He's obviously a great talent. He's got great smarts and he's so good at getting open," Bergeron said. "When you add being tenacious on the puck and winning battles that makes a big difference."

    Pastrnak took sole possession of the NHL scoring lead with 15 goals after he entered in a four-way tie for the most.

    Jaroslav Halak stopped 40 shots for the Bruins, who ended Toronto's three-game winning streak and handed the Maple Leafs their first road loss of the season.

    John Tavares scored the only goal for Toronto, and Garret Sparks finished with 29 saves.

    Pastrnak scored twice in the second period and added his third of the night with a one-timer from the left circle with 5:56 left to play.

    Joakim Nordstrom scored again for Boston just 26 seconds later to seal it for the Bruins, who won the first meeting of the Original Six rivals after going 1/3 against the Maple Leafs last season.

    "We didn't get it done when we had all those opportunities early," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.

    Halak got the start in the Bruins' first game since the club granted a leave of absence to Tuukka Rask for undisclosed personal reasons. Halak stopped all 20 shots he faced in the first period, keeping the Bruins in it despite a slow start.

    "The shot count was in their favor by a big difference but I think in the second we evened it out pretty closely and we did a good job capitalizing on some scoring chances that we had," Boston captain Zdeno Chara said.

    After Pastrnak set up Bergeron for the first goal of the game, Bergeron returned the favor 5:46 into the second with a pass from behind the net for a one-timer from the left circle to give Boston a 2-0 lead.

    Pastrnak made it 3-0 on a power-play goal 10:24 into the second, tipping in a shot by Marchand after a cross-ice pass from Bergeron with 36 seconds left on a hooking penalty on Toronto's Martin Marincin.

    Tavares scored for Toronto with 30 seconds left in the second period.

    "We got off to a good start," Toronto's Mitch Marner said. "The second period, we gave up too many opportunities. We let them take the game to us.
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    Halak shuts down Golden Knights in Bruins' 4-1 win

    Brad Marchand finds a bouncing puck and backhands it past Malcolm Subban to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead less than a minute into the 2nd period.

    BOSTON -- After a rough couple of seasons, Jaroslav Halak is at the top of his game again.

    Halak stopped 37 shots to help the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night.

    "We've seen it from Day 1," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of Halak, who signed with the Bruins in July after four seasons with the New York Islanders. "I couldn't sit here and tell you that he would be leading the league in goals-against or save percentage, but the guys are just confident in front of him."

    Halak had to play back-to-back games this weekend with Tuukka Rask on personal leave from the team and won both while allowing only two goals.

    "I had a good sleep last night," Halak said. "It's different when you play at home and you can sleep in your own bed."

    Halak was the odd man out for the New York Islanders two years ago and spent 27 games in the minors before being called back up at the end of the season. After two subpar seasons, he is in the top three in goals against and save percentage and has only one regulation loss.

    David Pastrnak scored again, and Danton Heinen, Jeremy Lauzon and Brad Marchand also had goals as Boston won for the fourth time in six games. Halak has won all three starts against the Golden Knights while allowing a total of five goals.

    Cody Eakin scored for Vegas and Malcolm Subban finished with 33 saves. The Golden Knights lost for the third time in four games on their road trip.

    "It's tough, we got into penalty trouble there with all those 5-on-3's," Subban said. "We didn't get the results we wanted."

    One day after his second hat trick of the season, Pastrnak scored on the power play for his league-leading 16th goal to cap the scoring with 3:52 left.

    The Bruins had seven power plays, including three two-man advantages.

    "I thought we played a couple of good games on this road trip, but tonight wasn't one of them," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said.

    Heinen scored on a tip 2:54 into the game and Lauzon got the first of his career into an empty net as he took advantage of Subban's misplay off the end boards with 2:09 left in the opening period.

    Marchand made it 3-0 just as a Bruins power play ended when he flipped the puck past Subban from his knees at the top of the crease 58 seconds into the second.

    Eakin converted a pass from Alex Tuch with 9:05 remaining in the middle period to get Vegas on the scoreboard.
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    Game # 18

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    MacKinnon, Rantanen help Avs rally for 6-3 win over Bruins


    Matt Calvert gets his own rebound to draw even with the Bruins, then Nathan MacKinnon rips a wrist shot past Jaroslav Halak to make it 4-3 Avalanche.

    DENVER -- Mikko Rantanen got an assist for setting up the go-ahead goal. Nathan MacKinnon wanted to give him something more -- full credit.

    "All Mikko there," he said.

    MacKinnon scored the tiebreaking goal with 10:58 remaining on a nifty pass from Rantanen, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied past the Boston Bruins 6-3 on Wednesday night in a showdown between two of the top scoring lines in the league.

    Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves and the Avalanche scored four times in the third period after trailing by two in the second.

    "It's always good to beat a good team like them," MacKinnon said.

    This is no line, either: Colorado took momentary bragging rights in boasting the most explosive unit in the NHL.

    The Avs' top line of Gabriel Landeskog (goal), MacKinnon (goal and an assist) and Rantanen (goal and two assists) produced six points to give them a league-leading 75 for the season.

    The squad outperformed the unit right behind them as the Bruins' top trio of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak combined for a goal and two assists. They ran their season total to 71 points.

    From one top line to the other, Bergeron was certainly impressed.

    "All three of them are great players, no question about it," Bergeron said. "They see each other well. They're tough to defend and it was a great challenge, a good matchup. It was a fun game."

    Jake DeBrusk scored twice for the Bruins. Jaroslav Halak finished with 19 saves.

    Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara sustained a lower-body injury in the first period and didn't return. He finished a check on Carl Soderberg along the boards and appeared to favor his left leg. After that, the Bruins were down to five defensemen.

    Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said the team would have more information about Chara on Thursday.

    "It seems like we're losing a guy every game," Halak said. "We need to keep playing hard and whoever comes in the lineup has to step up."

    Avalanche forward Matt Calvert tied the score at 3 early in the third when he banked in a shot off the skate of a Bruins defenseman. That set the stage for MacKinnon, who used his speed to get ahead of the defense and knock in his 12th goal.

    "He gave me so much room. It was a great play by (Rantanen)," MacKinnon said.

    Both teams scored power-play goals in the second -- DeBrusk to give Boston a 3-1 lead and Rantanen to trim the deficit.

    Colorado led 1-0 midway through the first after Landeskog scored off a backhand pass from Rantanen. The Bruins hit three posts in the period, but found the net on a tip-in from Pastrnak and 2:37 later DeBrusk cruised in all alone and juked Varlamov for a goal. The breakaway was set up by a turnover from MacKinnon as he sent an errant pass right to DeBrusk, who was trailing the play because he dropped his stick.

    "I've never seen anything like that in any league," DeBrusk said. "I didn't know what happened. I just saw the puck pop out and was at the red line already so I had a good head start."

    Boston and Colorado were looking forward to this matchup, given the offensive firepower of the top lines. Each coach vowed to pit them against each other as often as possible.

    They did, too.

    "It's a good motivating factor for MacKinnon's line and for Bergeron's line to sort of want to put a stamp on being the best one," Cassidy said.

    MacKinnon and Marchand know each other quite well. Both are from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and sometimes skate together in the offseason. But they work out separately.

    "Nate can't keep up. He's got to work out with someone else," Marchand joked. "He's an incredible player -- very hard to play against."
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    Game # 19

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    Dickinson scores in OT to lift Stars over Bruins 1-0


    Stars C Mattias Janmark's shot on goal bounces out to C Jason Dickinson, who flips it in the net to give the Stars the overtime win vs. the Bruins.

    DALLAS -- Ben Bishop was as much a cheerleader as a goalie for Dallas in a scoreless overtime game.

    "It's like, `C'mon, let's score, guys," he said.

    Jason Dickinson obliged, burying a rebound 1:34 into overtime to preserve Bishop's 23-save shutout and lift the Stars over the Boston Bruins 1-0 on Friday night.

    Dickinson and Mattias Janmark led a 2-on-1 against goalie Tuukka Rask. Janmark shot from the left side, and the rebound slid to Dickinson right in front. He lifted the puck in for his fourth of the season.

    "I recognized that it was a 2-on-1 and I went to open up for (Janmark)," Dickinson said. "I noticed that he was shooting, and I figured I'd go to the side that he was shooting on because there might be a rebound.

    "To be able to cap that off with an overtime winner from me, it feels really good."

    Rask made 36 saves in his return from a week-long leave of absence for a personal matter. The Bruins have not elaborated on the reason for Rask's leave.

    Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy wasn't blaming Rask.

    "Overtime hasn't been our friend," Cassidy said. "We don't manage the puck. We give up odd-man rushes. We don't deserve to win. Listen, you've got to defend when you don't have the puck."

    Dallas won 1-0 in overtime or a shootout for the first time in franchise history. The Stars hadn't been in a scoreless overtime game since a 1-0 shootout loss to Los Angeles on March 26, 2009.

    The Bruins had not ended regulation in a scoreless tie since April 12, 2012 -- a 1-0 win to open a first-round playoff series against Washington.

    Bishop got his 26th career shutout. His biggest save came midway through the second, when he stopped Joakim Nordstrom's deflection.

    Coach Jim Montgomery has been impressed with Dallas goalies Bishop and Anton Khudobin.

    "It's a luxury," he said. "It's been the most consistent and the best part of our game. What a gritty effort"

    Both sides were dealing with injuries to defenseman, so Boston had two players make their NHL debut in Jakub Zboril and Connor Clifton, and the Stars had one in Gavin Bayreuther.

    "Obviously missing some bodies in the defense," Rask said. "Everybody battled. We played a solid game and resulted in one point.

    Dallas almost scored 49 seconds into the game. A tip-in by Tyler Pitlick went under and behind Rask, but defenseman Torey Krug moved the puck off the goal line with his stick.

    Boston's Brad Marchand had 16 of his 18 penalty minutes in the second period. He received a double minor for roughing in a fight with Radek Faksa at 7:45 and left the ice at 12:46 after drawing a slashing penalty and a misconduct.

    "There were some fights out there, and guys sticking up for each other," Bishop said. "They're not all Picassos. This one was a little different."

    Faksa's line held the Bruins' top line of Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak to six shots on goal.

    Dallas pressured Rask with 13 shots in the third period and six more in overtime.
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    Game # 20

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    Karlsson, DeBrusk give Bruins 2-1 win over Coyotes

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Another "JFK" may be emerging in the Bay State.

    Bruins rookie forward Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson -- coaches and teammates identify him by his initials -- scored his first career goal 1:12 into the game, and Jake DeBrusk's goal less than two minutes later was all Boston needed for a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.

    "It's difficult to describe," said Karlsson, who was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Nov. 9.

    "It's a great feeling. It's nice to get the first one, just so you don't start thinking about it. It's nice to get that out of the way. Hopefully we can keep going from there."

    Karlsson scored from near the crease after Noel Acciardi stole the puck from behind the net and flipped it in front.

    "Noel made a great play," Karlsson said. "All credit to him. I just tried to put it in."

    DeBrusk scored his eighth goal of the season and fifth in his last six games at 2:45 of the first period. He poked in a loose puck as it rolled into the crease off the stick of Brad Marchand for a 2-0 lead, and the Bruins made it stand up.
    Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves for Boston after giving up six goals on 25 shots in a loss at Colorado on Wednesday. He is 9-3-2 in his career against the Coyotes.

    Brad Richardson scored his sixth goal at 9:10 of the second period, and the Coyotes carried the play in for the rest of the period but couldn't get the equalizer.

    "We had a bunch of chances and we just didn't score," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said.

    Arizona went on a power play with 1:46 remaining in the game, and goalie Darcy Kuemper left the ice 20 seconds later for a 6-on-4 advantage, but Halak was up to the task.

    Halak saved four shots in the final 1:03, and defenseman Jeremy Lauzon saved a potential goal when he cleared a puck away from the crease in the final seconds.

    "I was just ready for the rebound," Lauzon said. "I knew there were two guys in front. I turned around and the puck was right there."

    Kuemper made 20 saves in his seventh consecutive start while Antti Raanta deals with a lower-body injury. Kuemper is 0-3 in three career starts against Boston.

    Arizona outshot Boston 32-22, the Bruins' lowest shot total of the season. Boston had only three shots in the second period, the first coming with 5 1/2 minutes remaining.

    The Bruins, who are 3-1-1 while playing five games in eight days, will remain in Arizona until Monday before traveling to Detroit for the final stop of a four-game trip.
    "I want the guys to go sit in the sun and enjoy themselves and get vitamin D," coach Bruce Cassidy said.

    Halak saved a short-handed wrist shot by Michael Grabner on a 2-on-1 break two minutes into the second period to preserve the lead. Grabner leads the league with four short-handed goals and the Coyotes lead the league with 10.
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    Game # 21

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    Athanasiou's OT goal give Red Wings 3-2 win over Bruins

    Andreas Athanasiou ties the game in the third period and then gives the Red Wings a 3-2 win in overtime against the Bruins.

    DETROIT -- ��� Andreas Athanasiou has become a more consistent player this season, and the score sheet is starting to reflect it.

    Athanasiou tied it midway through the third period and scored 49 seconds into overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night.

    The 24-year-old Athanasiou leads Detroit with nine goals, including five with three assists in his past six games.

    "Early in the season he wasn't getting points, but he probably deserved more," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think from Day 1, he's been very engaged. I thought his first practice in training camp was excellent. I think he's carried that forward."

    It was the Red Wings' fifth comeback win in their last seven games.

    "I think our starts aren't very good and we know that. It's something we need to work on," said Tyler Bertuzzi, who also scored. "But it shows what we have in this room to bounce back from being down and come back in games like this."

    Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots for Detroit, which has won nine of 11 and is over .500 (10-9-2) for the first time this season.

    Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Chris Wagner scored for Boston, which lost for only the third time to the Red Wings in the last 18 meetings (15-1-2). Tuukka Rask made 24 saves.

    "We had a lot of opportunities, but we didn't take advantage of them," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "There were too many times where we tried to make a pretty play or a fancy play instead of making the simple play and putting the puck on net."

    Athanasiou got control of a loose puck in the slot during overtime, spun around and beat Rask.

    "It was kind of just a scrum and the puck was just bouncing and I just turned and shot it," Athanasiou said. "I don't know where it went, but (I'm) happy it went in."

    Athanasiou tied it 8:59 into the third when he put in the rebound of Gustav Nyquist's shot from the left circle off the rush.

    Wagner made it 2-1 6:45 into the third when he tipped Sean Kuraly's shot. It was Wagner's second goal.

    Forsbacka Karlsson gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 4:08 into the second period when he put in a loose puck from a goal-mouth scramble. It was Forsbacka Karlsson's second goal.

    Bertuzzi tied it at 1 9:48 into the middle period when he tipped defenseman Nik Jensen's shot between Rask's pads. It was Bertuzzi's sixth goal.
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    Game # 22

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    Nordstrom scores in OT, Bruins beat Penguins 2-1


    Joakim Nordstrom scores game winner in overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory against the Penguins.

    BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins were able to celebrate after overtime for just the second time this season.

    Joakim Nordstrom tipped in a pass from Torey Krug 1:57 into overtime and the Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Friday night.

    Jake DeBrusk also scored and Jaroslav Halak made 36 saves for the Bruins, who were coming off an overtime loss in Detroit on Wednesday and went to OT for the third time in four games.

    "We talked about it. We gave up some points in OT," Halak said. "Going into OT tonight, we played hard and we played the right way."

    Evgeni Malkin scored the only goal for Pittsburgh, which was trying to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month.

    Tristan Jarry had 35 saves for the Penguins, getting his first start of the season one day after being recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL after the Penguins placed Matt Murray on injured reserve Thursday.

    Jarry played well, but had no chance on the game-winner when Nordstrom tipped a pass from Krug into the net to end it.

    "I didn't have to do much more than keep my stick on the ice," Nordstrom said.

    David Pastrnak also had an assist on the overtime goal, getting to a loose puck after the Penguins got caught on an extended shift in the OT and feeding Krug with a cross-ice pass.

    "We've given ourselves chances and lost a few games," Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. "I felt like we could've come out of there we two points.

    The Penguins lost in OT for the second time in three games and were more upset about the points they squandered than the points they picked up in three straight.

    "I don't really look at it. We're looking for wins. We have higher expectations," coach Mike Sullivan said.

    Malkin put the Penguins up 1-0 on a power-play goal 6:09 into the second as Boston's David Krejci sat out a tripping minor. Kris Letang and Phil Kessel assisted on the goal for Malkin, who has a point in six straight games.

    DeBrusk tied it for Boston on a slap shot with 6:20 left in the second on a give-and-go with David Krejci. Kevan Miller also assisted.

    The Bruins thought they had another goal with 2:35 left in the second, when David Backes raised his arms after trying to squeeze the puck between Jarry and the post, but the referee signaled no-goal. The call was upheld after a lengthy review, drawing the ire of Boston fans who booed the officials a second time when they skated out for the third period.

    Pittsburgh got a late power play when Pastrnak was called for delay of game with 9:19 left in the third after flipping the puck over the glass in the Boston zone. Halak gloved a backhand by Crosby with 8:37 on Pittsburgh's best chance before Pastrnak returned.

    "There could have been easily five goals against us. Jaro was huge," DeBrusk said.
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    Game # 23

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    Moore's late power-play goal lifts Bruins past Canadiens


    John Moore scores a late power play goal to give the Bruins a 3-2 win over the Canadiens.

    MONTREAL -- A bad penalty by Jonathan Drouin in the dying minutes crushed Montreal's comeback hopes.

    With Drouin in the box for high-sticking, Boston's John Moore scored a power-play goal to give the Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday night in a hard-hitting and penalty-filled affair.

    "You can't take a penalty at that time of the game," coach Claude Julien said. "If he (Drouin) said that it's on him, well he's right. You have to be disciplined. We can't do those things if we want to win hockey games. "Montreal has lost four games in a row for the first time this season.

    With less than six minutes remaining in a 2-2 contest, Drouin cross-checked David Backes in the face, cutting the Bruins winger below the bottom lip. The incident happened away from the run of play just minutes after the Canadiens came back from two goals down to equalize.

    "He was coming at me," Drouin said about Backes. "I didn't mean to hit him in the face."

    Moore scored his first goal of the season on the four-minute power play, at 17:03 of the third, and the Bruins held on for their third win in four games.

    "A four-minute power play with five minutes left in a tie game is certainly a good thing to have," said Backes, who also scored and added an assist. "We made good on it. Kudos to the guys in here for staying with it. I don't mind bleeding. Bleeding's better than concussions to me. If that's what it takes to win, I'll take blood."

    Jake DeBrusk also scored, Tuukka Rask made 32 saves, and David Krejci had two assists.

    Drouin and Tomas Tatar scored in the third period for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 32 shots. The Canadiens have lost four straight.

    Boston finished 1 for 6 with the man advantage, while Montreal was 1 for 5. Both teams combined for 30 penalty minutes.

    It was the second game of a back-to-back series for both teams. Boston beat Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime on Friday, while Montreal lost 3-2 in overtime in Buffalo.

    The Bruins took a 1-0 lead at 13:01 of the first period when Backes swiped the puck from Jesperi Kotkaniemi at the Montreal blue line before beating Price glove side for his first goal of the season.

    With the teams playing 4-on-4, DeBrusk doubled Boston's lead at 14:42 when he got behind defenseman Brett Kulak and tapped in a beautiful pass from Torey Krug.

    Drouin got one back for the home team at 6:46 for his ninth of the season. Drouin beat Krug with speed in the Boston zone before squeezing a shot between Rask's pads.

    Tatar got the equalizer for Montreal on the power play at 10:09 of the third. With David Pastrnak in the box for slashing, Tatar took a pass from Andrew Shaw from behind the net and roofed a one-timer past Rask.
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    Marner has 3 assists as Maple Leafs beat Bruins 4-2

    With the Maple Leafs on the power play, Josh Leivo gets the puck off a blocked shot and scores for the fourth time this season.

    Game # 24

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    TORONTO -- On a night when Patrick Marleau celebrated his 1,600th NHL game, Mitch Marner did what he does best: set up goals.

    The 21-year-old winger had three assists and Marleau added another as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday.

    "He has great vision out there," the 39-year-old Marleau said. "The way he skates and handles the puck, he can maneuver around guys and draw guys to him. He did that quite a bit tonight."

    Igor Ozhiganov scored his first career goal, Travis Dermott netted his second and Frederik Andersen made 38 saves to earn his 13th win of the season. Josh Leivo and Zach Hyman had the other goals for the Maple Leafs (17-8-0).

    David Pastrnak, who had a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Toronto on Nov. 10, scored twice for Boston (13-7-4).

    Marner had two primary assists, upping his NHL-best total to 24 (he has 27 assists in all).

    "He's found a nice groove here," Marleau said. "He's only going to keep getting better, I think. And that's pretty scary."

    It was the 10th multi-assist game of the season for Marner, who also has six goals.

    "With the puck, without the puck, he's definitely a slippery guy," said Dermott, who scored the first goal of the game off an assist from Marner. "And if you get open, he's going to find you and get the puck to you right on the tape and pretty flat. He's a guy you want to be out there with."

    Each team scored twice in a frenetic second period as Boston outshot Toronto 18-9. With the Maple Leafs leading 3-2 in the third, Danton Heinen hit the post for the Bruins.

    Hyman added an empty-net goal with 1:35 remaining to seal Toronto's fifth straight home win.

    The Bruins lost Kevan Miller late in the first period after the defenseman took a puck to the throat off a shot by John Tavares. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said Miller went to the hospital and was to remain overnight for observation, with some swelling in the throat area.

    "Right now he's out of any danger, from what we've heard," Cassidy said.

    "Looks like X-rays are negative," he added. "They're going to keep him overnight for observation, make sure his breathing stays normal. Hopefully he's able to fly back (Tuesday), that's the plan."

    Both teams were playing their fourth game in six nights.

    The Bruins, who won 3-2 in Montreal on Saturday night, had won two straight and three of four. Toronto was coming off a 6-0 win over visiting Philadelphia on Saturday night.

    Marleau became the 11th NHL player to reach 1,600 regular-season games. He has missed just 31 games over 21 seasons since making his debut on Oct. 1, 1997.

    "Great, great human being," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said before the game.

    "Hard worker, great pro, great person," he added. "So important for this team it's not even funny and I'm not even talking about what he does on the ice. He's fantastic."

    Marleau received a standing ovation after a video tribute in the first period.

    "That was amazing. It was unexpected, but it was greatly appreciated," he said.

    Dermott beat Jaroslav Halak with a shot through traffic 17:44 into the game for his first of the season after the Bruins' top line couldn't clear the puck.

    Boston, gaining momentum, outshot Toronto 10-0 to open the second before Toronto registered a shot midway through the period. Pastrnak, off a feed from Brad Marchand, tied it on the power play at 3:39

    The Bruins hit another post on the power play later in the second. Seconds later, with the penalty over, a freewheeling Marner found Ozhiganov cruising in from the point and his shot banked in off a Boston body at 13:06.

    Pastrnak tied it at 14:22, taking Torey Krug's nifty pass to the side of the net before slotting it past Andersen to increase his season total to 19.

    Leivo put Toronto ahead 3-2 on the power play at 18:38, banging home Tyler Ennis' rebound after a rush by Marner.
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