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Bjork Tallies First NHL Goal in Arizona

Fourth line shines, Khudobin shut door in win over Coyotes

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Anders Bjork is on the board.

After watching fellow rookies Jake DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy get their first career goals out of the way during the season opener, Bjork finally tallied his on Saturday night in Arizona.

The winger took a slick cross-ice, slap-pass from DeBrusk and fired home a one-timer on the power play with just 1:24 remaining in the Bruins 6-2 win over the Coyotes.

Video: BOS@ARI: Bjork nets first career goal on power play

"It's an amazing feeling," said Bjork. "It's nice that we got some opportunity on the power play there and created some chances. It was a great play by Jake to give me the puck backdoor and I had the whole net open, so was fortunate to be in the right spot there. A pretty good feeling."

Bjork, who notched his first career point with an assist on Opening Night, is hoping that getting the milestone out of the way can clear the way to playing a simpler game.

"Especially after a few games, you start thinking about it too much," said Bjork. "So it's really nice to get it out of the way and just focus on playing hockey and playing the right way."

Video: Anders Bjork reacts to his first NHL Goal

Fourth Line Fury

There was hardly a Tim Schaller shift on Saturday night during which he went unnoticed. Each time Schaller hit the ice, he was around the puck and seemed to come close to finding the back of the net.

His furious effort was rewarded with just over three minutes to go in the third period when he banged one home for his second goal in as many games. The tally, assisted by his linemates Danton Heinen and Sean Kuraly, came just 23 seconds after Arizona cut the Bruins lead to 4-2 and capped a strong night for Boston's fourth line.

Video: BOS@ARI: Schaller cashes in on rebound in front

Schaller finished with four shots on goal and seven shot attempts in just over 15 minutes of ice time.

"It's what we're looking for," said Cassidy. "We feel it's good for us if we can have a glue line, especially when we're missing players that we're trying to replace. This is an opportunity for some players and they took advantage of it tonight.

"Good for them because they're gonna get quality minutes if they can do that every night."

Heinen, meanwhile, went on to assist on Bjork's goal just under two minutes later and finished the night with a game-high five shots on goal in 15 minutes, 41 seconds of ice time. It was his first career multi-point game.

Dobby Gets The Dub

Anton Khudobin made his first start of the season and stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced. Tuukka Rask is expected back between the pipes on Sunday in Vegas.

"He's done his job," said Cassidy. "And that's what we want - give us a chance to win. He got some run support tonight…he battled and good for him. We needed it."

Video: BOS@ARI: Khudobin snags Ekman-Larsson's slap shot

Offensive Explosion

The Bruins had five players with multi-point nights against the Coyotes: Zdeno Chara (G, 2 A), Jake DeBrusk (G, A), Heinen (2 A), Brad Marchand (G, A), and David Pastrnak (G, A).

Adam McQuaid registered his first assist of the season with a helper on Marchand's second-period breakaway.

Video: BOS@ARI: Marchand nets slick backhand on breakaway

Bergeron Out Again

Patrice Bergeron missed his fourth straight game to start the season. But Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy would not completely rule out a return on Sunday in Vegas.

"I don't want to rule him out because, to me, if he's ready he's going in," Cassidy said before Saturday's game. "He'll still have three days to rest for the next one [against Vancouver on Thursday]. But it's not my call. It's between him and the training staff. I don't really get a say in it.

"You can always speculate, it's gonna be tough to go in the last game of a trip. But if he pronounces himself ready [Sunday] morning then he'll go in."

The Bruins did not have a morning skate on Saturday, but Bergeron still took the ice on his own to continue his rehab work.

"I feel he's getting closer. He skated this morning and felt better," said Cassidy. "But like I said the other day, generally a player wants one good full team practice and we just don't have that luxury on this trip now."

Czarnik Back In

Austin Czarnik subbed in for Frank Vatrano on the right wing alongside Matt Beleskey and Ryan Spooner. Czarnik, who also saw time at center, played 10 minutes, 42 seconds with one shot attempt and one hit, while winning three of seven faceoffs.

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