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Pastrnak's Four-Goal Game Was One for the Books

Winger notched all four tallies in Bruins' 4-2 victory over Anaheim

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Brad Marchand could not identify any particular signs that point to when a strong performance may be in store for David Pastrnak. To his eye, his fellow first-line winger is always locked in.

"He's such a talented player, he's dangerous on every play," Marchand explained. "Regardless of where he is and where he gets the puck you've got to make sure you do your job on him, because if not he'll find himself in a scoring position."

On Monday afternoon, Pastrnak found himself in scoring position quite frequently. And he made sure to make the Anaheim Ducks pay. The 23-year-old had a day for the record books as he secured his first career four-goal game - and the 25th in franchise history - to pace the Bruins to a 4-2 victory at TD Garden.

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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Ducks

Boston continues opening homestand with a Columbus Day matinee

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins will continue their first homestand of the season on Monday afternoon when they welcome the Anaheim Ducks to TD Garden for a Columbus Day matinee. Boston, which is off to a 4-1-0 start, will have Jaroslav Halak between the pipes.

Like the Bruins, Anaheim is off to a fast start - posting a 4-1-0 record of their own -including a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. First-year coach Dallas Eakins appears to have made an impact in the early going as the Ducks have allowed just six goals through five games, the second-fewest in the NHL behind Philadelphia (five goals in three games).

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Fast Start Propels Bruins in Home Opener

Boston scores twice in first period, cruises to 3-0 victory over Devils

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Bruce Cassidy let his concerns be known heading into the Bruins' home opener.

Following a loss in Colorado to end their season-opening road trip, the B's arrived back in Boston slightly before sunrise on Friday morning. Just over 24 hours later they were back on the ice for a pregame skate at TD Garden. And Cassidy wasn't exactly thrilled with what he saw.

"I don't think we're up to speed yet - I'll be perfectly honest," Cassidy said on Saturday morning. "I think guys are still adjusting to the time change, getting back at 7 in the morning, getting their feet under them today. It will be a challenge for us to get an on-time start."

Challenge accepted.

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Former Bruin Ted Green Passes Away at 79

Defenseman played 11 seasons with the Bruins from 1960-72

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - Former Bruins defenseman Ted Green has passed away at the age of 79. The St. Boniface, Manitoba, native played for Boston from 1960-1972.

Green, known for his rough-and-tumble style, was a member of the Bruins' Stanley Cup championship teams in 1970 and 1972. During the 1971-72 season, the blue liner - also known as "Terrible Ted" - put up 17 points (goal, 16 assists) in 54 regular-season games, before suiting up for another 10 postseason contests. Green was injured during the 1969-70 season, but his name is still engraved on the Stanley Cup.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound right shot had his best season in 1968-69, notching 46 points (8 goals, 38 assists) in 65 games. For his efforts, Green was named a Second-Team All-Star and finished third in the Norris Trophy voting. Green also ranked in the top 10 of the Norris voting in 1964-65 (seventh) and 1966-67 (10th).

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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Devils

Ritchie back in as Black & Gold return to TD Garden for home opener

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins will be back on Causeway Street on Saturday night to open up their home slate against the New Jersey Devils. They return to TD Garden having taken three of four on their season-opening road trip and will be looking to carry over that momentum in front of the Black & Gold faithful.

"Hopefully there's [a buzz] in the building that gets us going, which I assume there will be. Our fans are very good that way," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "Coming off this trip, late night, I don't think we're up to speed yet - I'll be perfectly honest. I think guys are still adjusting to the time change, getting back at 7 in the morning, getting their feet under them today. 

"It will be a challenge for us to get an on-time start. That will be the biggest challenge for us, to make sure myself, the coaching staff, leadership group, make sure the guys are ready to play."

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Bruins Week Ahead: October 12-18

Stay up to date on all the latest news, notes and numbers

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

STAT OF THE WEEK: After playing in Tuesday's game against Vegas, Zdeno Chara surpassed Wayne Gretzky in games played with 1,488. Chara now ranks 23rd all-time in games played and is fourth among active players.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Been feeling really good…excited to be back with Wags and Sean." - Joakim Nordstrom on his return to the lineup Thursday against Colorado.

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Bruins Drop Road Trip Finale in Colorado

Boston coming home 3-1, but frustrated after two goals wiped away in 4-2 loss

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

DENVER - Ultimately, the Bruins are returning home with plenty to be happy about.

After a four-game, nine-day road trip to open the 2019-20 campaign, the Black & Gold packed away six out of eight points and a 3-1-0 record.

But they left the Pepsi Center on Thursday night feeling an opportunity had slipped through their hands. Boston opened up a two-goal first-period lead against the Avalanche and had two more goals wiped off the board in an eventual 4-2 loss.

"Obviously frustrating to lose the last game," said David Krejci. "We felt like we had a good start. Just a couple tough bounces. Overall six out of eight points is not bad. We feel in here that we easily could have had eight."

If not for two borderline video reviews, they very well might have.

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Need to Know: Bruins at Avalanche

Nordstrom will make season debut as Boston looks to cap off perfect opening trip

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

DENVER - The Bruins will get a bit of a boost for their road-trip finale against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night as Joakim Nordstrom is set for his 2019-20 debut after missing the first three games of the season due to a foot injury suffered in the Stanley Cup Final.

"Last couple of days have been feeling really good," Nordstrom said following Thursday's morning skate at Pepsi Center. "Excited to be able to play tonight and be back with the guys."

Nordstrom skated with the team for much of training camp but did not play in any preseason contests as the injury - the result of blocking a shot late in the Final - lingered longer than he anticipated. 

"I think just getting your timing back, all the situations in tight," Nordstrom said of the challenges he'll face given his hindered training camp. "Hopefully not, but might take some time to get back to where I was. But conditioning, I feel great. I think just play easy, simple, hard and stick to a good, detailed game."

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Paul Carey Embracing Providence Bruins Captaincy

The 31-year-old knows his leadership can boost the young, talented squad

by Laney Byler @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

PROVIDENCE - If you ask Paul Carey about some of the captains that have stood out to him in his playing career, he'll talk about Brian Lerg, former captain of the Lake Erie Monsters, a team Carey spent four seasons with from 2011-15. He'll mention Tommy Cross, a captain from his time at Boston College, and Ryan McDonagh from the New York Rangers, who Carey played with in 2017-18.  

From college to the AHL to the NHL, Carey has had captains that have made an impact on him and the teams he's played with. For him, that impact stems from their commitment, their work ethic and their ability to connect with younger players. 

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Top Line Drives Comeback Win in Vegas

Bruins overcome early deficit as offense emerges in 4-3 victory

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

LAS VEGAS - For the first time this season, the Bruins were facing a bit of adversity.

Buried in a quick two-goal hole on Tuesday night, the Black & Gold could have scoffed at the thought of bearing down for an early-season comeback in hostile territory, against a team that many believe can challenge for the Stanley Cup.

Such an approach, however, is not in their DNA. Boston was instead undeterred by the early deficit and, behind a stellar effort from its top line, surged back for a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena to improve to 3-0-0 for the first time since 2001-02.

"Obviously being down early, being able to come back, winning a close game at the end, pushing them off a little bit at the end," said Torey Krug, who notched the eventual winner with a blistering slapper at 2:27 of the second, "those are just experiences that we'll put in our pocket and use for another day."

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