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Rask Injured in Bruins Loss to Rangers

Goalie exits during first period after suffering concussion in nasty collision

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - On a night when he was aiming for the franchise record for wins, Tuukka Rask was forced to leave the Bruins' game against the Rangers midway through the first period after suffering a concussion during a nasty collision with New York forward Filip Chytil.

Rask, who was riding a seven-game points streak, appeared dazed as he lay on the ice and needed assistance from trainer Don DelNegro and his teammates to make his way to the dressing room. Jaroslav Halak entered the contest and allowed two goals and took the loss as the Bruins fell to the Rangers, 3-2, in the final game before the team's nine-day break.

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Cehlarik Fitting Right In

Winger making his mark on second line in first two games back with Bruins

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Neither play is likely to make the day's highlight reels. They were far from flashy, but rather subtle contributions that go a long way in helping a team to victory - and don't go unnoticed by the coaching staff.

They were plays that left Bruce Cassidy with plenty of adjectives to describe the performance of Peter Cehlarik on Thursday night.

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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Blues

Backes, Moore return after stints as healthy scratches

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins will have two veterans back in the lineup on Thursday night when they host the St. Louis Blues, as both David Backes and John Moore return from stints as healthy scratches.

Moore has not played in the last three games, while Backes sat out Wednesday's game in Philadelphia. Sitting both players were difficult decisions for Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, who has appreciated the way they've approached the situation.

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Bruins Squander Early Lead, Fall to Flyers

Cehlarik pots two in return, but Boston drops second straight in Philly

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

PHILADELPHIA - Despite two goals from the freshly recalled Peter Cehlarik, the Bruins squandered an early two-goal lead, at one point surrendering four straight tallies, en route to a 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center.

After surging to a quick 2-0 advantage in the opening 10 minutes on strikes from David Pastrnak and Cehlarik, the game flipped drastically when Oskar Lindblom cut into the lead with a goal with 7:16 remaining in the first period.

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Need to Know: Bruins at Flyers

Backes a healthy scratch; DeBrusk, Wagner good to go in Philadelphia

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

PHILADELPHIA - It has been quite some time since David Backes was in this position. So much, in fact, that it took a bit for the veteran forward to remember exactly how long it's been since he was a healthy scratch.

"I think it's been 12 years in between them," Backes said following an optional morning skate in at Wells Fargo Center.

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Bruins Rally Late, But Fall to Habs in OT

Montreal wins it 15 seconds into extra session after Krejci scores in final minute of regulation

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins were riding high as they entered the overtime period on Monday night. David Krejci's power-play goal with Tuukka Rask on the bench for an extra attacker in the final minute of regulation had the B's believing they were poised to cap off a comeback by collecting a second point.

But, with the bounce of a puck, momentum can shift suddenly in overtime.

On the first shift of the extra session, Montreal jumped at their lone chance when Jeff Petry batted home a rebound out of midair to clinch the Habs' 3-2 win over the Bruins at TD Garden in the rivals' final meeting of the regular season.

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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Canadiens

The rivals are meeting for the final time this season

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins welcome the rival Montreal Canadiens to TD Garden on Monday night for the teams' final meeting of the season. Boston has won two of the three matchups so far, including both games at Bell Centre.

The Canadiens come to town fresh off a 3-0 victory over Colorado on Saturday night. Montreal (53 points) is 6-4-0 in their last 10 games and one point ahead of Buffalo for the second Eastern Conference Wild Card spot.

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Bruins' Win Streak Snapped by Capitals

Boston can't deliver sixth straight victory, drops 14th consecutive game to Washington

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - One streak dies and another one lives on.

The Bruins had their five-game winning streak snapped on Thursday night with a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, thus extending their losing skid against the Caps to 14 games.

Boston outplayed the defending Stanley Cup champions for large portions of the game, outshooting them 41-22, but some quick-response strikes from the Capitals left the Bruins chasing.

"I thought we certainly gave ourselves a chance to win the game, didn't happen again against this team," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "Have to get over that hurdle - a lot of nights that would be good enough for points, if not two points, but not tonight."

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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Capitals

Boston looking to snap 13-game losing streak against Washington

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Patrice Bergeron knows the number. Quite frankly, it's hard from him to escape it.

"I think we all know. We're all aware. You guys do a good job of reminding us," Bergeron joked while addressing the media on Thursday morning.

He was referring to the Bruins' current 13-game losing steak against the Washington Capitals, who arrive at TD Garden on Thursday night as the defending Stanley Cup champions. Boston is 0-10-3 against the Caps during that stretch, including a 7-0 loss in Washington on Opening Night.

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Bruins Roll to Fifth Straight Victory

Bergeron, Marchand notch three points each; Rask secures 250th career win in 4-0 triumph over Wild

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Sometimes the Hockey Gods are unequivocally on your side.

While the Bruins carried the play for large stretches on Tuesday night against the Wild, they were also the beneficiaries of some fortunate bounces - known to the common hockey folk as the all-important puck luck.

Boston's four goals came via a tip out front, a funky bounce off the end boards, a rarely seen chest deflection, and a redirect off a skate blade. Add them all up and it equated to a convincing 4-0 victory over Minnesota for the B's fifth straight win and eighth in the last 10 games.

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