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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 /

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 /

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 Fall to Lightning in Shootout

Pastrnak pots two more, but Boston drop 4-3 decision to Tampa Bay

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - David Pastrnak scored two power-play goals - including the tying tally late in the third to force overtime - but the Bruins fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, on Steven Stamkos' shootout winner in the fourth round on Thursday night at TD Garden.

"Shootouts are 50/50…too bad we weren't able to get the 2 points," lamented Pastrnak. "Obviously, we got power play goals, but we definitely want to be better at 5-on-5. The whole game we still had chances, we just weren't able to cover that ice."

Here are some notes and observations from the loss that dropped Boston to 5-1-1:

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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Lightning

Krejci sits with upper-body injury as Boston looks for third straight win

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - The Bruins will be without David Krejci as they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to TD Garden on Thursday night. Krejci suffered an upper-body injury in Boston's win over Anaheim on Monday and is considered day-to-day.

"Didn't respond to treatment as well as we'd like," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "See how he is [on Friday], then make a determination for Saturday. First if he skates, then travels. If he doesn't travel, I doubt he'd play, but let's get through practice tomorrow."

Krejci, who missed the season opener with a lower-body injury, practiced for the first half of Wednesday's session, but was not ready to suit up against the Lightning. With Krejci sidelined, Par Lindholm will slide into the lineup and center Danton Heinen and Karson Kuhlman.

Charlie Coyle will move up and fill in for Krejci on the second line with Jake DeBrusk and Brett Ritchie as his wings, though Cassidy expects his lines to be fluid.

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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 /

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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Fast Start Propels Bruins in Home Opener

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

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

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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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Devils

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

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

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 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 /

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 /

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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Top Line Drives Comeback Win in Vegas

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

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

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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