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Bruins defeat Flames at China Games

DeBrusk scores twice, Rask makes 28 saves to help Boston sweep preseason series

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

BEIJING -- Jake DeBrusk scored twice to help the Boston Bruins defeat the Calgary Flames 3-1 in the finale of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games at Cadillac Arena on Wednesday.

The Bruins also defeated the Flames 4-3 in a shootout at Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen on Saturday. DeBrusk scored the shootout winner.

DeBrusk missed time in the second and third periods because of a stomach illness. He left with 12:39 remaining in the second and didn't return until 2 1/2 minutes into the third period.

"He's growing as a player," coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We used him on the [penalty kill] the other night, a little bit tonight. He's a little more conscientious in that area, aware. A year under his belt, not surprised. But lots of pace to his game, good finish in tight. He showed a lot of that the second half of last year so good growth."

 

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Tuukka Rask made 28 saves, and Kevan Miller scored an empty-net goal with 1:15 remaining for Boston.

Sean Monahan scored, and Mike Smith made 17 saves in his preseason debut for Calgary.

DeBrusk's second goal came from in front of the net at 5:27 of the third period. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, who was behind the net, put the puck in front and DeBrusk put it past Smith, who was turned around and couldn't recover in time.

"Today was unique. I've never experienced anything like that, let alone in Beijing," DeBrusk said. "It was nice to come away with two wins and gain some chemistry with the guys here. Now we're looking forward to going back to Boston."

Video: CGY@BOS: DeBrusk crashes the net for his second goal

Calgary tied the game 1-1 on Monahan's breakaway goal with three seconds remaining in the second period.

Monahan came out of the penalty box behind the Bruins defense and took a pass from center Mark Jankowski in stride. He got Rask to go down first and he beat him with a high shot.

 

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DeBrusk gave Boston a 1-0 lead with a goal off a pass from Ryan Donato at 18:09 of the first period.

"I thought it was a little bit of a slow start and I thought we got better once we spent some time in the offensive zone. We got a little heavier and harder on pucks," Flames coach Bill Peters said. "I thought we got some work done and obviously we can look at the two games. We know we have lots of work left to do. Dig in when we get home."

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