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Bruins Battle to Wild Victory in San Jose

Boston surrenders three-goal lead, ties it late, and wins in OT on McAvoy's tally

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Jake DeBrusk had only way to describe what went on at SAP Center on Monday night.

"In my terms, I call that a soup," said DeBrusk.

Translation: there was a little bit of everything all dumped into one wild 64-minute hockey game.

The Bruins jumped out to a three-goal lead, eventually fell behind late in the third, got a tying tally from Chris Wagner with just under two minutes to play, and closed things out on Charlie McAvoy's winner with 1:01 remaining in overtime to secure an incredible 6-5 victory over the San Jose Sharks for their sixth straight win.

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Need to Know: Bruins at Sharks

Cehlarik sidelined by lower-body injury as Boston looks for sixth straight win

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Bruins, aiming for their sixth straight victory, will be down another winger on Monday night as Peter Cehlarik sits out the team's tilt with the San Jose Sharks because of a lower-body injury.

With David Pastrnak sidelined by a thumb injury, Cehlarik had been playing with Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci on Boston's second line. But the 23-year-old was banged up during the Bruins' win in Los Angeles on Saturday night and did not play over the game's final 15 minutes.

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Rask Leads Way in Bruins Win Over Kings

Netminder's sprawling stop highlights 23-save performance in 4-2 victory in L.A.

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

LOS ANGELES - The Bruins have won five straight games and find themselves with the third-most points in the National Hockey League. They have every reason to be confident as they enter the final weeks of the regular season.

And with two goalies playing at the tops of their game, that confidence level continues to rise.

For the majority of the season, Boston has received strong goaltending from Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak, with the netminders combining to form one of the best duos in the league. Their performances over the weekend made that clear.

A night after Halak pitched his fourth shutout of the season with a 30-save masterpiece in Anaheim, Rask put forth a stellar effort of his own, making 23 stops - highlighted by a handful of all-world saves - to pace the Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

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Need to Know: Bruins at Kings

Kuhlman to make NHL debut as B's look to make it five straight wins

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

LOS ANGELES - Karson Kuhlman will become the sixth Bruin this season to make his NHL debut, when he suits up against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday night with Boston aiming for its fifth straight win.

Kuhlman joins Connor Clifton, Trent Frederic, Jeremy Lauzon, Urho Vaakanainen, and Jakub Zboril as those that have played their first NHL games in 2018-19.

"Obviously very excited, something that every hockey player dreams about and pretty fortunate that it's happening tonight for me in L.A. At the same time, it's just hockey. I just have to focus on what I do well to help the team out," said Kuhlman, whose parents are flying in from Minnesota for the occasion.

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Halak, Fourth Line Pace B's in Anaheim

Netminder picks up fourth shutout; Acciari, Wagner score in 3-0 victory

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

ANAHEIM, Calif. - After a torrid start to his Bruins career, Jaroslav Halak hit a bit of a speed bump. A five-game losing streak through January left him searching for a win for over a month.

That skid, however, appears to be a distant memory. Halak was immense on Friday night in his second consecutive win, making 30 saves for his fourth shutout of the season to pace the Bruins to a 3-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in the opener of the team's five-game road trip.

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Need to Know: Bruins at Ducks

Boston kicks off five-game Western Conference swing in Anaheim

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Bruins will kick off their lengthy five-game Western Conference swing on Friday night when they visit the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. The B's, winners of three straight and five of their last six, will be looking to continue their recent string of success as the homestretch nears.

"This is always a tough trip for us. It's a fun one," said Brad Marchand, who is riding a five-game points streak (three goals, nine assists). "It's nice to get out on the West Coast, enjoy the weather a little bit, but it's a big job to do. There are some tough teams and teams that are playing well.

"We need the points. We need to continue to move up in the standings and push for a playoff spot. We've got to do a good job on this trip."

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Secondary Scoring Provides a Boost

With Pastrnak sidelined, Heinen and DeBrusk come through in Bruins win over Chicago

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - For a team already struggling to generate a surplus of offense, the loss of its leading scorer is far from ideal.

Through 56 games this season, David Pastrnak was pacing the Bruins with 66 points and 31 goals as he charged through a career campaign. Thus, the news on Tuesday morning that the 22-year-old would miss at least the next two weeks following a thumb procedure - the result of a fall after a team function on Sunday night - was a devastating blow.

And with the Chicago Blackhawks coming to town riding seven straight victories, the expectation was that goals could be at a premium.

Not so much.

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McAvoy Finding His Footing

Defenseman was an all-around force in Bruins OT victory over Colorado

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Charlie McAvoy is looking to build some momentum.

The former first-round pick has not had the smoothest of sophomore campaigns, with a concussion and foot infection limiting him to just 29 games.

But since returning from the foot ailment on Jan. 12 - a span of 12 games - the blue liner has slowly begun to put the pieces back together. And it was McAvoy's performance over the weekend that signaled his elite top-pairing abilities might be rounding back into form just in time for the stretch run.

A day after notching two points (goal, assist) in the Bruins' win over Los Angeles, McAvoy continued his strong play on Sunday afternoon, collecting an assist and three hits - while logging a team-high 25:34 of ice time - in Boston's 2-1 overtime victory against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden.

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A Special Day for A Special Player

Bergeron notches overtime winner after ceremony marking his 1,000th career game

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Brad Marchand has had a firsthand look at greatness for nearly a decade.

As Patrice Bergeron's left wing since the Bruins' Stanley Cup-winning campaign in 2011, the bond between the two - both on and off the ice - has turned them into one of the strongest duos in the National Hockey League.

Thus, there is perhaps nobody more qualified to find the correct word to describe Bergeron than his longtime linemate.

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Bruins Lose Lead, Shootout in New York

Despite line shuffle, Boston squanders two-goal advantage in 4-3 setback to Rangers

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

NEW YORK - Bruce Cassidy shuffled his deck on Wednesday night and for a period his new-look lines appeared to be carrying the Bruins towards a victory.

But despite a goal apiece for Boston's juggled top two trios in a span of just 1:12 during the second period, the Bruins let a two-goal lead slip away and eventually fell to the New York Rangers, 4-3, in the seventh round of the shootout at Madison Square Garden.

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