Cam Tucker

SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 1: Goaltender Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins watches a replay during first period action against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on November 1, 2016 in Sunrise, Florida. The Bruins defeated the Panthers 2-1. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Rask just keeps on winning for the Bruins

OK, so it wasn’t a perfect night for the Boston Bruins.

Colin Miller accidentally scored into his own net off a faceoff, but by then the Bruins were comfortably ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets and all that own goal did was make the score look a tad bit more respectable for the visitors.

It happens. Just ask Loui Eriksson.

The gaffe didn’t matter. The Bruins won for the fourth time in the past six games, defeating the Blue Jackets 5-2. They erupted for four goals in just over four minutes in the first period, chasing Sergei Bobrovsky from the net.

Thursday’s game featured an intriguing goalie match-up, with Bobrovsky facing Tuukka Rask, who is having a great start to his season. He’s been a major reason why the Bruins currently hold a playoff spot, although there is plenty of hockey remaining on their schedule.

A goalie duel never materialized. Bobrovsky was pulled before the game was even 13 minutes old and Rask faced only 17 shots, ending the Blue Jackets’ point streak at five games.

Rask is now 8-1-0 this season — not to mention a .938 save percentage — for a Bruins team that had dealt with injuries to their goalies, including back-up Anton Khudobin, early on.

There was good news on that front following Thursday’s game. Per the Bruins, Khudobin will travel with the team on its upcoming three-game road trip.

Video: Keith Yandle was furious after an open-ice collision with Brent Burns


Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle wasn’t happy with officials after an open-ice collision with Brent Burns.

The incident occurred as Joe Pavelski was skating the puck up the ice past Burns and Yandle, who came together in the middle of the ice. Yandle certainly got the worst of it.

There was no call on that play, but Yandle, who was slow to get up, certainly didn’t agree with Francois St. Laurent’s take on what occurred.

Gretzky headlines Blues roster for Winter Classic alumni game

17 Mar 1996:  Center Wayne Gretzky of the St. Louis Blues moves the puck during a game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.  The Ducks won the game, 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Cratty  /Allsport

Wayne Gretzky was his own toughest critic in his return to the ice for the Heritage Classic alumni game last month.

“I’m not doing a road show, but that might have been my last game,” said Gretzky, the hockey legend, per in October.

But it appears The Great One — who admits he usually only skates about once a year — will indeed return to the outdoor ice at Busch Stadium for the Winter Classic alumni game between former players from the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 31.

On Thursday, the Blues released their roster for the event. Gretzky headlines the list of players, despite playing only 31 games combined between regular season and playoffs for the Blues during the 1995-96 campaign.

Here is the Blues alumni roster, as of Nov. 10:

— Bruce Affleck
— Martin Brodeur
— Jeff Brown
— Garth Butcher
— Gino Cavallini
— Paul Cavallini
— Kelly Chase
— Dallas Drake
— Bernie Federko
— Wayne Gretzky
— Brett Hull
— Barret Jackman
— Mike Liut
— Al MacInnis
— Chris Mason
— Scott Mellanby
— Adam Oates
— Larry Patey
Chris Pronger
— Jamie Rivers
— Bryce Salvador
— Ed Staniowski
— Peter Stastny
— Keith Tkachuk
— Pierre Turgeon
— Terry Yake
— Scott Young

Bruins light up the Blue Jackets, chase Bobrovsky from the net

Sergei Bobrovsky

Playing for the second time in as many nights, Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t make it out of the first period of Thursday’s game against the Boston Bruins.

The Columbus Blue Jackets goalie, who has been very good to begin the season, gave up four goals on nine shots faced, before getting the hook less than 13 minutes into the game.

Goals from Torey Krug, Matt Beleskey, Austin Czarnik and Tim Schaller — scored 4:01 apart — gave Boston a 4-1 lead after the first period.

Related: Bobrovsky has been excellent (and busy) for the Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets had ‘high expectations’ for Werenski this season — and so far he has delivered

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 15:  Zach Werenski #8 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates after the puck during the game against the San Jose Sharks on October 15, 2016 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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The list of NHL rookies this season is an impressive one.

You’ve got Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine and Jimmy Vesey and William Nylander and Mitch Marner — all showing their potential to be star forwards in the very near future, if they’re not already on the verge of such status already.

He may not yet be attracting the same large-scale attention. But Blue Jackets freshman defenseman Zach Werenski has put together a very nice start to his NHL career, with 11 points in 11 games for Columbus, which is on a five-game point streak.

Werenski sits only four points back of Laine the scoring machine for the rookie lead in that category.

Selected eighth overall in the 2015 draft, Werenski is off to a productive start — with five power play points, as well — while playing a very difficult position just months after his 19th birthday.

Head coach John Tortorella doesn’t seem apprehensive about the use of his rookie blue liner, either, playing Werenski on average 21:41 per game. Only Jack Johnson and Seth Jones have averaged more ice time so far for the Blue Jackets.

Werenski also scored the overtime winner against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

It’s hardly a surprise the way Matthews and Laine, selected No. 1 and 2 overall in June’s draft, have started their careers. They have each provided spectacular moments, too.

After two years at the University of Michigan, Werenski turned pro earlier this year and finished off the 2015-16 season with the Lake Erie Monsters in the AHL.

His ability to step into that lineup right away and contribute, particularly in the playoffs, certainly grabbed the attention of former Monsters coach Jared Bednar and the entire Blue Jackets organization.

His performance in the Calder Cup playoffs seemed to strongly indicate that he was NHL ready.

“The way he came into Cleveland last year, it was like, ‘Whoa,’ and then he has picked up where he left off,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told USA Today. “We had high expectations for him coming into the season.”

Safe to say Werenski is so far living up to, or perhaps even exceeding, those expectations.

The Blue Jackets, with a record of 6-3-2, are in Boston to face the Bruins tonight.

Related: Columbus giving prized rookie Werenski ‘every opportunity to run the power play’