Pastrnak scores twice to lead Bruins over Lightning

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Rookie David Pastrnak scored twice, including the game winner, as the Boston Bruins edged the Tampa Bay lightning 4-3 Tuesday night.

The 18-year-old now has four goals in three games since returning from the world junior hockey championship.

Boston has now won four straight while the Lightning have dropped back to back games.

Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic had the other Bruins goals while David Krejci and Torey Krug each had two assists in the win.

Tempers boiled over early in the third period.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was initially called for boarding on Lightning defenseman Matt Carle.

Then Cedric Paquette stepped in to have a few words with the defenseman and Chara sucker punched the Tampa forward. Paquette was assessed a minor penalty for roughing while Chara got two for boarding and a double-minor for roughing.

Here’s the sequence:

Steven Stamkos scored twice and Ryan Callahan had the other Lightning goals. Ben Bishop made 30 saves in the loss.

Tuukka Rask improved to 18-10-6 with a 16 save performance.

Gagne won’t return to Bruins this season due to personal reasons

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Simon Gagne’s brief tenure with the Boston Bruins has come to an unfortunate end.

From the club:

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that forward Simon Gagne has decided not to return to the team this season due to personal reasons. Given his decision, the Bruins have changed Gagne’s status to “suspended player”.

“At this time Simon feels that he has to be home with his family and he has the complete support of the Boston Bruins organization with this decision,” said Chiarelli. “Given Simon’s decision not to return to the team, we have to change his status to maintain a full roster. I spoke to Simon about this, and he assured me that we have his full support with this status change.”

“The last month has been extremely difficult for me with my father being sick and his passing,” said Gagne. “To play in the NHL you have to be 100% mentally, emotionally and physically committed to the game. At this time I know that I cannot be close to those levels. The Bruins organization and my teammates have been great to my family and I during this time.”

Gagne, 34, signed with the Bruins in mid-October after playing with the team through training camp and the preseason. The move marked his return to the NHL after taking a one-year hiatus; he scored three goals and four points in 23 games for Boston, averaging 11:18 TOI per night.

Gagne first left the B’s on Dec. 10 to be with his father, who passed away later that month following a battle with liver cancer.

Pastrnak scores twice leading the Bruins over the Flyers

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Rookie David Pastrnak scored the first two goals of his young career leading the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon.

Pastrnak’s second of the game stood to be the game winner.

Chris Kelly had the other Bruins goal while Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for the win. Boston has now won three straight for the first time since mid-November (Nov. 15-21).

Claude Giroux had the lone Flyers goal. With his assist on Giroux’s 14th of the season, Jakub Voracek now has 50 points in 42 games.

With the loss, Philadelphia drops to 2-1-0 on its’ four-game home stand, which concludes Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Steve Mason started the game and made five saves, but was replaced by Ray Emery before the midway mark of the first period after suffering a lower body injury.

Emery made 10 saves in the loss.

Video: Bruins’ Pastrnak scores first NHL goal

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Boston Bruins rookie David Pastrnak has his first NHL goal.

The 18-year-old backhanded a rebound off of Torey Krug’s shot at 11:23 of the first period.

The Bruins’ first-round pick (25th overall) last June now has a goal and an assist in seven NHL games this season.

Bruins’ Eriksson a game time decision vs. Flyers (Updated)

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Boston Bruins’ forward Loui Eriksson will take the team’s pre-game skate in Philadelphia this afternoon and be a game time decision versus the Flyers.

Update: Eriksson is in the lineup for Jordan Caron.

Eriksson missed the Bruins’ 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils Thursday after taking a slash to his right hand/wrist area on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

Rookie David Pastrnak dressed in his sixth NHL game in Eriksson’s absence and had 15:04 in ice time while registering four shots on goal.

Eriksson has nine goals and 25 points in 41 games this season.

Boston beat Philadelphia 2-1 on Oct. 8 in the only other meeting between the two clubs this season.