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Five players score for Bruins in win against Wild

Chara, Szwarz each gets two assists, Rask makes 24 saves for Boston

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins used balanced scoring to make up for the absence of injured leading scorer Brad Marchand in a 5-3 win against the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden on Monday.

Five Bruins scored and 10 had at least one point. Defenseman Zdeno Chara and forward Jordan Szwarz each had two assists for Boston (6-4-3), which has lost once in regulation in its past eight games (4-1-3).

Marchand, who has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in 12 games, has an upper-body injury, and Monday he became the fifth forward to leave because of injury. The Bruins had six rookies in their lineup.


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"I think a lot of us have been here a couple years, and this is what we've been working for and to get the chance now, we really want to grasp it and play our best to help the team in a time where we've got some important guys on our team who are not able to play," said Bruins rookie forward Sean Kuraly, who was one of the goal scorers.

Video: MIN@BOS: Kuraly slams the rebound past Dubnyk

Jake DeBrusk, Frank Vatrano, Torey Krug and Tim Schaller also scored for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves, including a stop on a Mikael Granlund penalty shot in the third period.

Nino Niederreiter, Eric Staal and Granlund scored for the Wild (5-6-2), who started a four-game road trip with their second straight loss and are 1-3-0 in their past four games. Devan Dubnyk allowed four goals on 24 shots and was removed after the second period. Backup Alex Stalock made nine saves.

"You know, a good start to the game, and we just got away from what we need to do," Dubnyk said. "We probably all agree that that second period [when the Wild were outshot 15-4 and outscored 2-0] is unacceptable. It's about as far away from the way we want to play as you can get, I think."

Video: MIN@BOS: Niederreiter grabs rebound and scores

Niederreiter gave the Wild a 1-0 lead at 4:53 of the first period. Ryan Suter's wrist shot on Rask was the Wild's first shot on net and Niederreiter slid in the rebound.

DeBrusk tied the score 1-1 after he hustled down a long pass to the Minnesota end. DeBrusk's centering pass went off Suter's skate and past Dubnyk at 10:23. The goal ended Dubnyk's shutout streak against the Bruins at 146:09.

The Bruins went ahead 2-1 when Vatrano skated end to end and took a shot that went off the post and then off the back of Dubnyk's left leg at 12:42.

Kuraly made it 3-1 when he scored on a rebound at 5:34 of the second period. Krug's one-timer made it 4-1 at 7:43.

Video: MIN@BOS: Krug extends lead with massive slap shot

Granlund cut the lead to 4-2 at 1:33 of the third period on a one-timer, but Rask made a blocker save on his penalty shot at 6:55 to keep the two-goal margin.

Staal scored on a shorthanded breakaway at 15:56 to make it 4-3.

Schaller scored into an empty net with 56.4 seconds left.


Goal of the game 

Vatrano's goal at 12:42 of the first period.

Video: MIN@BOS: Vatrano banks goal in off Dubnyk's leg


Save of the game 

Rask stopped Granlund's shot with 1:39 remaining in the third period.

Video: MIN@BOS: Rask stuffs Granlund's tough-angle chance


Highlight of the game 

Rask stopped Granlund on a penalty shot at 6:55 of the third period.

Video: MIN@BOS: Rask stones Granlund on penalty shot


They said it 

"Well, I mean, you saw it. We weren't very competitive. The first two periods were probably the most embarrassing two periods I've been involved with in a lot of teams." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau


"Really, he made a good save, but I made it close." -- Wild forward Mikael Granlund on Tuukka Rask's save of his penalty shot


"I had no idea what he was going to do. He's got a lot of moves." -- Rask on Granlund's penalty shot attempt


"It's really frustrating. I think my past few games were some of my better games this year. And sometimes you just don't show up on the score sheet, so you've just got to stick to the things that you do good and what got you here, and that's what I try to do." -- Bruins forward Frank Vatrano, who scored his first regular-season goal in 26 games 


Need to know

Granlund is 0-for-2 on penalty shots in his NHL career. The Wild are 17-for-36 all-time. ... Marchand won't travel with the Bruins for their game at the New York Rangers on Wednesday. ... Szwarz's two assists were the first of his NHL career. ... Krug has a four-game point streak with six points (two goals, four assists). ... Chara played his 833rd career NHL game, tying Dit Clapper for fourth among defensemen on Boston's all-time list.


What's next

Wild: At the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, FS-N+, NHL.TV)

Bruins: At the New York Rangers on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)  


Video: Szwarz and Chara record two assists each in 5-3 win

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