TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 15:  David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game on October 15, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Bruins 4-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Pastrnak’s hot streak continues in Bruins win


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) David Pastrnak scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season as the Boston Bruins beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Monday night.

The 20-year-old Pastrnak extended his point streak to three games while suiting up in his 100th career game.

Winnipeg (1-2-0) captain Blake Wheeler opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game.

Boston (2-1-0) trailed for all of 19 seconds, however, as Dominic Moore tied things up at 10:19 of the first period.

Rookie Brandon Carlo’s first career goal added insurance for the Bruins with 1:59 remaining in the third period and Zdeno Chara scored an empty-netter inside the final minute.

Boston’s Tuukka Rask turned away 34 of 35 shots, while Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck stopped 21 of 24.

Wheeler opened the scoring when he was sprung by Alexander Burmistrov with a breakaway pass as Wheeler stepped out of the penalty box. He deked Rask and slid the puck behind the Bruins goaltender on his forehand for his third goal and fifth point in his third game of the season.

The Bruins responded immediately as Moore scored his first of the season.

Boston took the lead briefly early in the second before the review of a challenge by Jets coach Paul Maurice determined Chara was unable to keep the puck onside before his shot from the blue line deflected off Winnipeg defenseman Ben Chiarot and past a screened Hellebuyck.

The Bruins’ go-ahead goal came inside the final minute of the second as Pastrnak banked a centering pass off Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom and into the net.

Neither team was able to convert on the power play, with the Bruins going 0 for 4 and the Jets 0 for 5. Winnipeg is just 1 for 13 on the season after finishing last season 30th in the NHL in power-play efficiency.

NOTES: Jets D Dustin Byfuglien continued his heavy log of ice-time this season. The 31-year-old entered Monday leading the NHL in average ice time with 29:38 per game, and kept the pace up with 30:05 Monday night, including 5:20 while anchoring the power play.


BRUINS: Their home opener is Thursday night against New Jersey.

JETS: Round out a three-game home stand as they welcome Toronto on Wednesday.

Bruins hoping to get ‘a little bit more’ from second and third lines

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 03: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins controls the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on April 3, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Bruins 6-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Through two games, the Boston Bruins have to be pleased with the performance of their top line.

David Backes, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak have been solid so far and they’ve combined to score all seven of the team’s goals in 2016-17.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, the rest of the forwards haven’t necessarily followed the top line’s lead.

The second line of David Krejci, Ryan Spooner and Danton Heinen hasn’t contributed very much in either of the first two games and the same could be said for the third line of Austin Czarnik, Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes.

Head coach Claude Julien is satisfied with the work his fourth line has put in.

“The lines in between, you’re hoping you can get a little bit more,” Julien said, per the Boston Globe. “In Austin’s case, since he’s come back from the injury, he hasn’t quite been the same player. You hope he can find his stride again. Beleskey and Hayes have played hard. But no results. Right now, we probably need a little more from the Krejci line. You’ve got enough skill there that you hope it can give you a little more offense.”

With youngsters Czarnik and Heinen in their top nine, it’s normal that there’s some growing pains in Boston early on.

After Saturday night’s loss to the Leafs, Spooner admitted that he and his linemates may have to mix it up a little bit.

“For us as a line now, we’ve got to have someone who gets in front of the net,” admitted Spooner. “I think the three of us are kind of used to being the set-up guy on our line. I think one of us just needs to get to the front of the net. That should help for sure.”

Reason for optimism: Youthful Maple Leafs bring down the Bruins


Before the puck dropped in Toronto on Saturday, the Maple Leafs paid tribute to historic players from their past.

When the celebration ended, those tasked with bringing a bright future to the franchise, celebrating its 100th season, delivered.

All the hype the last few days has been about Auston Matthews. He scored four goals in his NHL debut on Wednesday — a historic feat.

Against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, as Matthews was making his much anticipated home debut in Toronto, it was clear the future doesn’t just revolve around No. 34, though that’s not to undermine how significant he will be to the potential success of this franchise going forward.

The Leafs had a hot start, ripping three goals past Bruins back-up goalie Anton Khudobin before the game was even 15 minutes old. They cruised to a 4-1 victory, making amends for that overtime loss to Ottawa to begin the season.

Mitch Marner, the fourth overall pick from the 2015 Draft, scored his first NHL goal and what a beauty it was. He had another dominant shift later in the game, leading to a Toronto power play.

Connor Brown, a Leafs sixth-round pick from 2012 and a 22-year-old prospect that has developed with the Marlies in the AHL, also scored in the win.

Frederik Andersen stopped 24 of 25 shots faced for the win, as he made up for a rather shaky debut in the opener.

It’s two games for the Leafs in the Auston Matthews Era. They have three of a possible four points so far. Growing pains are still to be expected with this young group moving forward.

But after years of gloom for Leafs fans, there may be reason to be optimistic about the future.

Marchand, Backes carry Bruins to comeback win


Heading into Game 1, a lot of people were wondering about the contract numbers for Brad Marchand and David Backes. For at least one night, they made people focus on their numbers on the ice.

The makeshift trio of Backes, Marchand and David Pastrnak powered the Boston Bruins’ 6-3 comeback victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

It’s almost hard to believe that Columbus held a 3-1 lead during the contest.

Just look at the numbers that trio put up:

Marchand: two goals, three assists
Pastrnak: two goals, two assists
Backes: two goals, one assist

Yes, Pastrnak inflated things a touch with an empty-netter, but it was a dominant performance.

Fresh off a beefy contract extension and an impressive showing in the World Cup of Hockey, Marchand was especially dominant on opening night.

Stephanie “My Regular Face” shared a GIF with the overhead view of maybe his best moment:


The Bruins have a long way to go before they silence some critics and return to the playoffs, but they got off to the right foot tonight, and they did it thanks to two of their most expensive pieces.

Bruins to start season without Bergeron, McQuaid and Miller

MONTREAL, QC - MAY 12: Kevan Miller #86 of the Boston Bruins shoots the puck against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Six of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on May 12, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins will have to start their season without star center Patrice Bergeron and two defensemen, Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller.

Via team press release, here’s why:

Bergeron suffered a lower-body injury and is currently being evaluated on a day-to-day basis. He will not travel with the team to Columbus. McQuaid suffered an upper-body injury and is currently being evaluated on a day-to-day basis. He will not travel with the team to Columbus.

Miller underwent successful surgery to repair a fracture in his left hand by Dr. Matthew Leibman at Newton-Wellesley Hospital on Tuesday, October 11. Miller’s expected recovery time is six weeks.

The B’s also play Saturday in Toronto and Monday in Winnipeg before returning home to take on New Jersey on Thursday.


The injuries to the two defenseman, Miller and McQuaid, could mean that both Brandon Carlo and Rob O’Gara make their NHL debuts Thursday against the Jackets.

The B’s also announced today that they’ve recalled forward Tim Schaller from AHL Providence.

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