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


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’

Hossa and the Blackhawks are on a roll

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At the age of 37, Marian Hossa continues to produce offensively for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Facing the injury-plagued Dallas Stars on Sunday, Hossa assisted on a goal from Jonathan Toews and then he buried the winner in overtime, giving the Blackhawks their sixth consecutive win.

Yes, Hossa and the Hawks are on a roll, taking a three-point lead in the standings over their divisional rivals from St. Louis.

That’s four goals in the last five games for Hossa, who is averaging just below a point per game despite his age.

Related: Hossa going ‘year-by-year,’ as his contract begins to dive

Once again, the Blackhawks were able to overcome a slow start, before coming to life in the third period. They received solid goaltending from Scott Darling and after a two-point night, Artem Anisimov leads the league with 17 points.

“It’s tough to say one reason but I think when the games go on we are in a better rhythm and I think we are playing better than (at) the start,” Hossa told the Chicago Sun-Times.

“That’s the reason, but I think we have to keep improving (and) have better starts because that’s as important as finishing.”

Chicago’s penalty kill, which was pretty much a disaster earlier in the season, came through in overtime, as the Blackhawks were able to kill off a four-on-three Stars power play, before the Hossa winner.

The Blackhawks got the win minus rookie forward Tyler Motte for the third period.

Motte left the game in the second period after getting tangled up with Radek Faksa and falling awkwardly into the boards. Motte didn’t return and head coach Joel Quenneville suggested he could miss some time.

He’s a natural: Cammalleri’s hat trick leads the Devils over Hurricanes

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 11: Mike Cammalleri #13  of the New Jersey Devils plays against the Detroit Red Wings at the Prudential Center on December 11, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Red Wings 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Michael Cammalleri made up for lost time Sunday night.

Cammalleri got his first three goals of the season, lifting the New Jersey Devils over the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 for their first road victory.

“It was nice to get them to hit the back of the net,” Cammalleri said.

Cammalleri scored twice in the second period and again midway through the third for his sixth career hat trick. Captain Andy Greene scored into an empty net for New Jersey.

The Devils improve to 1-3-2 away from home. Keith Kinkaid got his first win of the season behind 33 saves.

“Getting the first road win, hopefully it will be like Cami’s first goal and open the flood gates for us,” Kinkaid said. “He had a tremendous game, and it was good to get the win.”

New Jersey had been off to its worst road start since going 0-5-2 in 2013-14. The Devils lost to Florida 4-3 in overtime and then suffered a 4-1 loss at Tampa Bay in their last two outings.

“We didn’t like the way things were going in the last couple,” Cammalleri said. “To be able to nip that in the bud a little bit and now go back home means we can build on something.”

Carolina’s Andrej Nestrasil scored with 6:59 left in the third period. Eddie Lack stopped 17 shots in his first home start.

Cammalleri’s first goal came 4:31 into the second. He took a cross-ice pass from Travis Zajac and scored easily from just inside the left circle. He scored again just over three minutes later, slipping a shot under Lack’s pads on a rush from near the left faceoff dot.

He completed the hat trick on a shot from the left side 8:30 into the third.

Cammalleri has five goals and four assists in his last six games against the Hurricanes. He also had a key blocked shot late as Carolina was pressing.

Carolina pulled Lack for an extra skater with four minutes left but could not generate another goal.

The Hurricanes began the year with one of the league’s top power-play units but have gone four games without a man-advantage goal. They were 0 for 4 in this one.

“It comes down to execution,” coach Bill Peters said. “It comes down to confidence and it comes down to five guys doing their part.”

Take five: The Rangers keep on scoring and keep on winning

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Kevin Hayes #13 of the New York Rangers celebrates an empty net goal by J.T. Miller #10 (not shown) at 18:56 of the third period against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden on November 3, 2016 in New York City.  The Rangers defeated the Oilers 5-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Here is what the New York Rangers have been able to accomplish over the last week:

— A five-game winning streak.

— At least five goals scored in each of their last five games.

— On Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, the Rangers had five different goal scorers — Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast and Pavel Buchnevich — in a 5-2 win.

During this streak, they’ve been completely dominant against their opponents.

The biggest thing behind the Rangers success is just how productive but balanced their attack has been. Last week, we discussed the rebound of Rick Nash so far this season.

But the Rangers, leading the league with 55 goals for in 13 games, have six players already in double digits in points and five more players with nine points. They’re getting contributions from throughout their lineup.

Nash isn’t the only player who has re-discovered a scoring touch.

Michael Grabner had difficulty scoring for the past four seasons, but he’s already up to seven goals with the Rangers, when he couldn’t even hit 10 in each of the previous two campaigns, which he spent in Toronto and with the New York Islanders.

After all the ink Jimmy Vesey received the past year — from electing not to sign in Nashville, to a trade to Buffalo, to not signing in Buffalo, to the Vesey summer sweepstakes, to eventually signing with the Rangers — the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner has so far backed up the hype with 10 points in his first 13 NHL games.

In the long run, this pace very likely isn’t sustainable.

In the short-term, however, it’s definitely possible this streak continues. The Rangers host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

And by now we all know about the struggles of the Canucks, coming off that ugly loss in Toronto on Saturday.