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.
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.
Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason left this afternoon’s game against the Boston Bruins with 12:53 remaining in the first period.
Mason made a routine save on Bruins’ forward Craig Cunningham and then collapsed favoring his right leg.
Update: The team is calling it a lower body injury.
Mason underwent an MRI for an undisclosed injury earlier in the week.
The 26-year-old is 8-12-6 this season with a 2.48 G.A.A. and a .919 save percentage.
Ray Emery has come on in relief of Mason.
Mason missed four games last month with a back injury.
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.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to a four-year contract extension, the club announced today.
The extension, which runs through 2018-19, is worth a reported $29.7 million, for a cap hit of $7.425 million.
Among NHL goalies, only the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, with a cap hit of $8.5 million, will have a higher annual average value next season. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne and Boston’s Tuukka Rask will each check in at $7 million, while Montreal’s Carey Price will be at $6.5 million.
“A common thread of every successful team in our league is outstanding goaltending and we believe we have one of the best at the position in the world in Sergei Bobrovsky,” said GM Jarmo Kekalainen in a release. “He is a tremendous person and a very talented player whose work ethic sets the tone for our team. We are very happy to have him signed for the next four years.”
Bobrovsky, 26, has registered an impressive .924 save percentage in 123 games with Columbus. He was traded to the Blue Jackets by Philadelphia in June of 2012. He won the Vezina Trophy in 2013.
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