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Rask Earns Victory in 500th Career Game

Netminder makes 28 saves to pick up 269th win with 4-2 triumph over Toronto

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Tuukka Rask could hear the cheers - and the 'Tuuuuukkkk' chants - building during the first television timeout on Tuesday night. The appreciation showering down upon him reached a crescendo when Boston's all-time winningest netminder began to reciprocate that gratitude with a wave to the Black & Gold faithful that have supported him for the last 13 years - and now 500 regular-season games.

Rask became the 72nd goaltender in National Hockey League history and the first Bruins backstop to accomplish that feat, as he got the start between the pipes against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team that drafted him out of his native Finland in 2005.

"It's super nice. I mean it's one of those milestones you're only going to hit once - if you ever get there," said Rask. "And I wanted to recognize the crowd. They've been behind me and the team for so many years so it's a nice moment… I'm just super happy that I've been part of this organization in a town like this for so many years."

The 32-year-old sent the TD Garden crowd home just as happy after stopping 28 of the 30 shots he faced from the Maple Leafs in a 4-2 victory that was clinched with third-period tallies from newcomers Brett Ritchie and Par Lindholm.

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Bruins Issue Update On Karson Kuhlman

Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney issued an update on forward Karson Kuhlman

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney issued today the following update on forward Karson Kuhlman :

Karson Kuhlman suffered a hairline nondisplaced fracture of his right tibia in the team's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, October 19. He will be reevaluated in approximately four weeks. 

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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

Bjork recalled as injuries mount; Rask gets set for 500th career game

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - As training camp came to an end and Anders Bjork was optioned to Providence, the message from the Bruins' brass was far from negative. Following a second consecutive season that ended in shoulder surgery, Bjork had impressed throughout the preseason as he made his return to competitive action.

"When he left, he was bringing lots of energy, he was on top of pucks, he was attacking the net," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "Did a lot of things well. Seemed stronger, sustained his shifts better from the first period to the third period."

But Cassidy and general manager Don Sweeney were hesitant to rush the 23-year-olde winger back to the NHL. Their preference was that Bjork begin the year in Providence to regain his confidence, particularly in his scoring touch.

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Bruins Place David Krejci On IR; Recall Anders Bjork On Emergency Basis

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, October 22, that the team has placed forward David Krejci on injured reserve and recalled forward Anders Bjork from Providence on an emergency basis. 

Krejci has been sidelined with an upper-body injury suffered in the first period of the team's game against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, October 14. 

Bjork, 23, leads the Providence Bruins in scoring this season with three goals and five assists for eight points with a plus-five rating in seven games. The 6-foot-185-pound forward has appeared in 50 career NHL games with Boston, recording five goals and 10 assists for 15 points with a plus-one rating. The Mequon, Wisconsin native was originally selected by Boston in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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Approaching 500: Rask Readies For Milestone Tilt Against Toronto

The 32-year-old netminder to appear in 500th contest Tuesday night against Maple Leafs

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The life of a hockey goaltender is quite different from that of a forward or defenseman. The equipment is different, the playing time is different, the stats are different - even the milestones are different.

As Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask approaches his 500th game, he could not help but compare the achievement to those of other skaters.

"They say it's like 1,000 games for players," said Rask after practice on Monday. "It's a big milestone. I think you play 500 games as a goalie, you have to - it's going to take some years. Just goes to show how old I am, that's about it."

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David Pastrnak Named NHL 1st Star Of The Week

Bruins winger led the league with 7 goals and 9 points in 3 games

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The National Hockey League announced today, October 21, that Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak has been named the NHL's first star of the week for the week ending October 20.

Pastrnak led the league with seven goals and nine points through three games this week, while also ranking first in power play goals and power play points with four goals and six total points.

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Bruins Alumni To Participate In "Face-Off For Heroes" Alumni Classic

On October 26th at 1:00 p.m, Bruins alumni will face off with Rangers alumni at Bentley Arena in Waltham, MA.

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - On Saturday, October 26th at 1:00 p.m, Boston Bruins alumni will face off with New York Rangers alumni at Bentley Arena in Waltham, MA in the "Face-Off For Heroes" Alumni Classic.

 

Hall of Famers Ray Bourque, Joe Mullen, Brad Park, Jean Ratelle, Brian Leetch and Rod Gilbert are anticipated to play or coach along with Rick Middleton, Reggie Lemelin, Bob Sweeney, Ken Linsemen, Andy Brickley, Bob Beers, Andrew Raycroft, Ken Hodge Jr and many more.

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Bruins Tie It Late, Fall to Toronto in Overtime

Boston overcomes two-goal deficit to pick up a point

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

TORONTO - David Pastrnak notched his ninth goal of the season with 4:26 remaining to tie the game, but the Bruins fell to the Maple Leafs, 4-3, on Morgan Rielly's overtime winner Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena. Boston overcame a two-goal, first-period deficit to force extra time for the second straight contest, giving them points in seven of eight games this season.

"I thought we played well enough to get two points tonight," said Jaroslav Halak, who made 25 saves on 29 shots. "One of those games that we get some chances, they got some bounces their way and they won a game. Happy for the point obviously, disappointed at the same time. It is what it is. We have to turn the page and get ready for the next one."

Here are some notes and observations from the overtime loss in Toronto:

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Need to Know: Bruins at Maple Leafs

Bergeron good to go as rivals renew acquaintances on Saturday night

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

TORONTO - After missing Friday's practice with a lower-body injury, Patrice Bergeron was a full participant in Saturday morning's pregame skate and will be in the lineup when the Bruins and Maple Leafs renew acquaintances on Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena.

"Feeling good, ready to go. No issues," said Bergeron, who blocked a shot in the closing seconds of overtime on Thursday night against Tampa Bay.

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Bruins Will Be Shorthanded for Toronto Tilt

Krejci, Nordstrom won't travel; Bergeron (lower body) misses practice

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins will be facing their first bit of adversity on Saturday night in Toronto as they get set to take on the Maple Leafs down some pieces up front.

David Krejci and Joakim Nordstrom, both battling upper-body injuries, did not travel with the team, while Patrice Bergeron's status appears in question after the center blocked a shot in Thursday's shootout loss to Tampa.

None of them practiced on Friday morning, though Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy appeared less concerned about Bergeron, who was expected to fly with his teammates to Toronto.

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