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Bruins ground Jets in shootout, 2-1

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Bruins ground Jets in shootout, 2-1

BOSTON -- The Bruins killed off two crucial penalties -- one at the end of regulation, and another at the end of overtime -- on Monday afternoon, which led to a 2-1 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets at the TD Garden.

In the shootout, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins, and Tuukka Rask saved the last two shots he faced after allowing former Bruin Blake Wheeler to score on the Jets' first attempt.

The Jets took an early 1-0 lead two minutes into the game, when Chris Thorburn knocked home a rebound from the lower-right circle. Rask made the initial save on a Paul Postma shot from the right point that was re-directed by Jim Slater. But Thorburn wasted no time firing the rebound on net, beating Rask low glove side.

Brad Marchand tied the game at 1-1, with 5:48 left in the first period, on a play started when Seguin created a turnover at Winnipeg's blue line. Seguin skated the puck quickly down the right side, and sent a perfect pass out front to Marchand, who was going hard to the net.

It remained tied until the shootout, when the Bruins sealed up their second win to open the season.

GOLD STAR: Tuukka Rask wasnt challenged all that much inSaturday nights win over the Rangers, but he deserved full credit afterstopping 26 shots in Bostons 2-1 shootout win over the Jets on Mondayafternoon. Rask helped the Bruins kill off two penalties inthe waning minutes of the third period and overtime, and his glove save on aKyle Wellwood breakaway ended up being a game-changing play for the Black andGold. The Bruins goaltender was probably the No. 1 player that needed to getout to a good start for the Bs and hes done exactly that while picking upwins in both games. Also credit the Bruins coaching staff for deciding to comeright back with Rask in the Monday matinee against Winnipeg to get their goaltender on a roll atthe start of the season. That was the right call. BLACK EYE: Olli Jokinen is known for more disappearing actsthan David Copperfield for all you fans of 1980s magician pseudo-celebrities and was at it again with Winnipegon Monday afternoon. The center managed one shot on net and two giveaways in20:25 of ice time and lost 10 of 15 face-offs while putting together anotheruninspired performance thats caused him to bounce from NHL city to city overthe last few years. Unfortunately the Jets will learn what the Flames andFlorida Panthers already knew before them: Olli simply doesnt have a lot ofheart and will become invisible when things get physical like they did at TDGarden.

HONORABLE MENTION: Tyler Seguin had four shots on net second only to Patrice Bergerons five shots among the Bruins players and setup the teams only goal when he intercepted a pass inside the blue line andcharged from the right wing. Seguinfed Marchand at the front of the net and the Bs Honey Badger redirected thepuck past Ondrej Pavelec. The 20-year-old was knocked around a bit during thegame as a Winnipegtarget and absorbed a hard shot from Mark Stuart up near the head area in thethird period that knocked his helmet off. But Seguin kept on playing and dazzled Pavelecwith a glove-side wrist shot in the shootout that helped earn the Bruins twopoints.

TURNING POINT: It looked dire for the Bruins when JohnnyBoychuk took a high-sticking penalty at the end of the third period and ZdenoChara was charged with a phantom holding penalty on Blake Wheeler in overtime.But the Bruins killed off both penalties always a particularly toughchallenge when Chara is in the box and pushed things to the shootout wheretheyve become a legitimate force singe Seguinjoined the team two years ago. Claude Julien said after the game that thepenalty kill was the difference between winning and losing on Mondayafternoon, and he was absolutely correct.

BY THE NUMBERS: 10 That's the number of registered hits for MilanLucic, who was a physical bulldozer throughout the 60 plus minutes of intensehockey. The games intensity visibly rose at the end of the second period whenLucic crunched Winnipegcaptain Andrew Ladd near the penalty boxes in the neutral zone. Lucic now has ateam-high 17 hits through the first two games of the season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: I dont think nobody enjoys them. I meanitsall right. Emotion-wise, you win, its great greatest thing ever and then youlose, you feel like you lost the Stanley Cup Finals. Its a roller coaster withthe emotions, but its great for the fans. I like to watch them on TV, too. TuukkaRask with an appreciation for NHL shootouts, especially when hes on thewinning end.

Plenty of on-the-job training for Celtics' rookies

Plenty of on-the-job training for Celtics' rookies

BOSTON – With all the changes the Celtics went through over the summer, seeing more rookies on the floor this season was a given.
 
But six?
 
Yes, only three games into the season and the Celtics have played more rookies than any team under fifth-year coach Brad Stevens.

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And in the 102-92 victory at Philadelphia on Friday night, the Celtics (1-2) played almost as many first-year players (five) as veterans (six).
 
The youth movement here in Boston has been sped up a bit by the season-ending injury to Gordon Hayward, compounded by a left ankle sprain to Marcus Smart that Smart said won’t keep him out any more than Friday night in Philly.

Even if Smart is back in the Celtics lineup Tuesday night against New York, that doesn’t change the fact that Boston will continue to need rookies to step up and contribute going forward as they did on Friday.
 
And while there’s an old adage about experience being the greatest teacher, Boston’s youngsters are going to have to fast-forward past some of those on-the-floor growing pains for the Celtics to stay among the top teams in the East.
 
“Everybody talks about young players having to learn by going through experience,” said Stevens. “Why don’t we just watch film and learn? Learn from things we can control and in the interim, let’s beat the age thing. Let’s not talk about the age thing. Let’s talk about how we can be better at what we can control and how we can learn and grow every day and expedite the learning curve.
 
Stevens added, “because they are going to get opportunities all the way down the line, let’s not focus on trying to learn from experience; let’s focus on learning from every day and see if we can get a little bit better every day.”
 
The one rookie who has had no problem adjusting to the NBA game early on has been Jayson Tatum.
 
Selected with the third overall pick last June, Tatum has been among the NBA's most productive rookies in this first week of the season.
 
Tatum’s 35.3 minutes played per game is tops among all rookies. His 12.3 points and 9.0 rebounds rank seventh and fourth among his first-year brethren.
 
Stevens loves what he has seen thus far from Tatum, but believes he’s capable of making an even greater impact sooner rather than later.
 
“I like him to shoot it on the catch more,” Stevens said. “Because he has tremendous touch. When he shoots it in rhythm with confidence, the ball finds the net. He’s one of those guys; he’s a natural scorer. But his ability to read the game … he’s very intelligent. It’s been more evident on the defensive end. He’s gonna pick his spots offensively now. But we want him to be aggressive and first and foremost, be a threat to shoot it every time he catches it.
 
Stevens added, “I guess it should feel pretty good when you’re 19 years old and your coach is begging you to shoot it.”
 
How quickly Tatum and the rest of Boston’s youngsters grow into the roles they will be asked to play this season can do nothing but help the Celtics adapt to what has already been a season with major changes needing to be made.
 
“You saw [against Philadelphia], we had Shane [Larkin], we had Guerschon [Yabusele], we had guys coming in that played the game at a high level and we need them to contribute,” said Boston’s Kyrie Irving. “For me to see that and witness that, it makes me nothing but proud and happy to have teammates that are ready to play. It’s not always going to look perfect because we’re still gaining knowledge about one another. But as long as we’re out there competing, having each other’s backs, that’s all that matters.”
 

AFC EAST: Cutler hurt, Moore leads Dolphins to 31-28 comeback win over Jets

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AFC EAST: Cutler hurt, Moore leads Dolphins to 31-28 comeback win over Jets

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Matt Moore replaced an injured Jay Cutler and threw two touchdown passes in the final 12 minutes, and the Miami Dolphins pulled off another comeback win by erasing a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the New York Jets 31-28 on Sunday. Click here for more.