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Stingy Defensive Effort Paces B's Over Islanders

Rask makes 30 saves for fourth straight win

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins knew they had their work cut out for them on Saturday night. Boston was getting its first look at rookie sniper Matthew Barzal, who has joined an already potent New York Islanders lineup that includes John Tavares, Anders Lee, and Josh Bailey to form one of the NHL's best offensive attacks.

A strong defensive effort was needed from top to bottom. And that's exactly what the Bruins put forth.

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Backes Set the Tone Against Arizona

Veteran forward pots first two goals of season in win over Coyotes

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - David Backes has not had it easy this season. And that's putting it mildly.

The veteran forward missed the first five games of the year as he battled diverticulitis, before suiting up for a five-game stretch in late October.

That return was short-lived. Despite his bout with the illness subsiding, the 33-year-old required surgery to remove part of his colon on Nov. 2 in an effort to prevent any further flare-ups.

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DeBrusk to Return Against Arizona

Spooner out with lower-body injury

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - After missing the last three games with an upper-body injury, Jake DeBrusk will make his return to the lineup on Thursday night against the Arizona Coyotes at TD Garden.

The rookie winger was back alongside David Krejci and Anders Bjork during pregame skate, reuniting a line that blended well when it was together earlier this season.

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B's Late Surge Falls Short in Nashville

Four-goal deficit was too much for Boston to overcome

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

NASHVILLE - The Bruins put forth quite the third-period charge to pull within one, but an early four-goal deficit was too much to overcome as Boston fell to the Nashville Predators, 5-3, at Bridgestone Arena on Monday night.

Boston dug itself a 4-0 hole four minutes in the second, before surging back with three straight goals from Charlie McAvoy, Zdeno Chara, and David Pastrnak. Chara and Pastrnak scored just 1:15 apart early in the third to make it 4-3 and force Nashville to call its time out.

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Khudobin Set to Start Between the Pipes in Nashville

DeBrusk nearing a return as B's look to close out dads trip with win

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

NASHVILLE - Anton Khudobin knows what he signed up for. When he returned to Boston last summer, inking a two-year deal for his second stint with the Bruins, he was well aware that it would be his job to backup ace netminder Tuukka Rask.

The 31-year-old backstop has fulfilled that role well and this season has even challenged Rask for playing time. Khudobin has yet to lose in regulation (7-0-2) and is riding a four-game winning streak, while his goals against average (2.22) and save percentage (.932) rank sixth and fourth in the NHL, respectively.

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Strong Team Effort Lifts Bruins in Philly

Boston cruises to sixth win in seven games

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

PHILADELPHIA - The Bruins put forth one of their best all-around team efforts of the season en route to a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Spooner, David Pastrnak, and Brad Marchand all scored, while Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for his first shutout of the season, as Boston cruised to its sixth win in seven games.

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Rask Breaks Through Against Tampa, Snaps Losing Skid

Backstop makes 19 saves in 3-2 victory over Lightning

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Tuukka Rask took the ice on Wednesday night just as he had 408 times before. To him, it felt like any other regular-season game in late November.

From the outside, however, it seemed like anything but.

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Rask Starts; Backes and Marchand Return Against Tampa

Spooner also returns to play after one-game absence

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Tuukka Rask will make his second consecutive start between the pipes on Wednesday evening when the Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.

With Rask having lost his last four starts, there had been some question as to whether he or Anton Khudobin (7-0-2 this season) would get the nod, but Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said following pregame skate that he's turning back to his No. 1 netminder.

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Bruins' Win Streak Snapped by Oilers

Observations from Boston's 4-2 loss to Edmonton

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins' four-game win streak came to a close on Sunday evening with a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at TD Garden.

Boston took an early lead but was unable to generate much of a sustained offensive attack, landing just 11 shots on goal through two periods. The Bruins pushed in the third (14 shots) after Ryan Strome grabbed the eventual winner just 2:07 into the frame, but could not find the equalizer.

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First Goal Holds Special Place for Grzelcyks

With dad on hand, blue liner grabs first career tally in Bruins' win over Pittsburgh

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - John Grzelcyk has worked at TD Garden - and before that Boston Garden - for nearly 50 years.

And through the decades there was one Causeway Street moment that stood out above the rest: Bobby Orr's iconic Stanley Cup-winning goal on May 10, 1970, of course.

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