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BOSTON (AP) —
05-07-2019, 12:33 PM,
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BOSTON (AP) —
Patrice Bergeron explained to his teammates they should be thankful anytime they’re able to play.And they should be even more grateful he’s back with them.Bergeron scored two goals to reach 300 for his career http://www.officialhockeypanthersshop.co...mer-jersey , returning to the lineup Saturday after missing 16 games and leading the Boston Bruins past the Nashville Predators 5-2.“When you’re in it for a while, it’s game whatever,” he said. “You don’t appreciate it as much. I told them to be thankful because I’ve been missing it for so long.”He also set up Brad Marchand’s tie-breaking score and finished with two assists to help send Boston to its sixth win in eight games.“This shows why,” said Marchand, who called Bergeron one of the game’s best players. “It’s tough to jump in after five weeks and feel good. He’s an incredible leader and player and showed that again.”David Pastrnak had his team-leading 23rd goal and added two assists. Marchand had two assists and defenseman Charlie McAvoy set up Bergeron’s first goalMaking his third straight start for the Bruins, Jaroslav Halak stopped 28 shots and assisted on Sean Kuraly’s empty-netter.Ryan Johansen and Kyle Turris scored for Nashville, which lost its fourth straight (0-3-1) for the first time this season. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves.“We came in to get a win and go into the break on a good note, and obviously that didn’t happen.” Johansen said. “We’ll take this break for some much-needed rest and get back to what makes us successful.”The Predators completed a winless four-game road trip.“I think right now, where we’re at, especially on the road, it’s about those one or two or three extra things in the course of a game that we could clean up Youth Jamie McGinn Jersey ,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said.With Ryan Hartman off for tripping, Bergeron sent a pass to Marchand, who one-timed a shot into the net with 8:37 left in the game. Pastrnak completed a 2-on-1 break with Marchand for a goal with 5:51 to go.The Bruins had a two-man, power-play advantage for 65 seconds to start the third period. At the end of the first penalty, Rinne made a pad save on Torey Krug and stuffed Marchand’s rebound bid.But on the ensuing shift, Bergeron scored out of a scramble from just outside the crease, lifting puck over the goalie to make it 2-1 at 1:44 of the period.“He just gives an emotional boost around practice yesterday knowing he’s going to come back in the lineup,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said.Turris fired a shot from the top of right circle that caromed into the net off the left post, making it 2-2 with 10:53 left in the third.Sidelined because of a rib injury since mid-November, Bergeron had pushed the Bruins ahead 15:10 of the opening period. McAvoy fired a pass to Bergeron in the slot, where the center cut toward his left Womens Jared McCann Jersey , stopped and shifted quickly before flipping a shot under the bar.Boston had a goal overturned midway into the second period. A replay review for goaltender interference prevented the Bruins from going up 2-0.In a second period filled with steady end-to-end play, Nashville tied it at 13:01 when Johansen fired a wrister from the right circle that appeared to hit Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk’s stick and change direction before slipping into the net through a small space between the post next and Halak’s left arm.NOTES: Rinne had a shutout in the teams’ other meeting, 1-0 in Nashville on Nov. 3. . Boston defensemen Zdeno Chara (knee) and Kevan Miller (larynx) both resumed practicing this week but didn’t play. They’re getting close to returning, but Cassidy said they both wouldn’t play Sunday. . Halak entered the day leading the NHL with a .930 save percentage. … Cassidy also said goaltender Tuukka Rask would start Sunday. . The Predators came in 10-1-1 against Eastern Conference teams.UP NEXTTongueredators: Off until Dec. 27th when they host Dallas.Bruins: At Carolina on Sunday. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Leon Draisaitl and the Edmonton Oilers just kept throwing the puck on net over and over. It was a sound strategy, considering just about every shot they took seemed to be going in.Draisaitl had a goal and three assists and the Oilers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 7-3 on Tuesday night.Drake Caggiula, Matt Benning and Ryan Strome scored in a span of 4:24 in the first period after Carolina jumped to a 1-0 lead, and Edmonton led the rest of the way. Pontus Aberg, Yohann Auvitu and Jesse Puljujarvi also scored as the Oilers got six goals on their first 22 shots. Cam Talbot made 30 saves for Edmonton.”We started well and that gave us confidence,” Draisaitl said. ”We kept going after them. Kept shooting the puck, kept getting the puck back. That was our game plan.”Brock McGinn Jonathan Huberdeau Jersey , Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost six of eight. Scott Darling allowed three goals on his first nine shots and six on 22 but was left in the game. He finished with 23 saves.As the final buzzer sounded, the Hurricanes were booed off the ice by the sparse group of fans still in the stands.”We have to come to work,” Carolina forward Jordan Staal said. ”We play in the NHL. We have this privilege to be here. We can’t lay eggs like that. We can’t just not work. It looks like that when we don’t and it’s no fun to play. It’s no fun to let each other down like that. ”The scoring began early in a wild, five-goal first period, including a few unusual tallies.McGinn opened the scoring with a no-look, through-the-legs backhand pass that was accidentally pushed in by Auvitu.Caggiula tied it 23 seconds after McGinn scored, and Benning gave the Oilers the lead with an extraordinary goal two minutes later. After his initial shot went off Darling’s leg pad and up onto the glass behind the net, Benning waited for the puck to come down, swung his stick like a baseball bat, and hit the puck off Darling’s back and into the net.”I just kind of tried to wait until the puck came down so I didn’t get high sticking and then just tried to throw it at him Keith Yandle Jersey ,” Benning said. ”It’s just kind of reactionary.”Strome finished the burst with another atypical goal. Darling stopped Strome’s stuff attempt, but the puck wiggled free, and defenseman Justin Faulk pushed it into his own net.Aho kept the Hurricanes within one with a power-play goal late in the first, but the Oilers scored three times again in the second period to turn it into a rout.Just 1:32 into the period, Faulk inexplicably backhanded a no-look pass from the corner to the front of his own net. Draisatl took the free puck and sent a pass to Aberg, who buried it along the inside post for his first goal as an Oilier since being acquired at the trade deadline.”We weren’t playing good from the start right through the end,” Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal said. ”It wasn’t a good effort from anybody.”Auvitu got in on the scoring midway through the second when he finished a 3-on-2 rush with a wrist shot past Darling’s glove, and Draisatl joined the party with a one-timer from the right faceoff circle, his 23rd this season. Puljujarvi provided the finishing touch when he gathered his own rebound and pushed a backhander through Darling’s legs.Carolina is still technically alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but its hopes are dwindling. The Hurricanes are nine points back with nine games to play.NOTESDraisaitl surpassed 200 career points. … Aberg also had two assists for his first career three-point game. .Aho and Teravainen extended their point streaks to six games. … Oilers F Connor McDavid played in his 200th NHL game. … Hurricanes D Noah Hanifin missed his second straight game with a concussion. … Oilers D Andrej Sekera and F Zack Kassian both missed the game with undisclosed injuries.UP NEXTOilers: At the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.Hurricanes: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.—
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