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Scuffling Kuraly benched in victory over Sharks

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Scuffling Kuraly benched in victory over Sharks

BOSTON – While there have been a number of Bruins rookies that have made an impact this season, Sean Kuraly has been on the other end of the spectrum. Kuraly, 24, was riding high at the end of last season with a two-goal performance in Game 5 of the playoff series against the Ottawa Senators, but he hasn’t been able to translate that into a fast start to this season.

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Kuraly was benched midway through the second period Thursday night in a 2-1 victory over the Sharks after collecting his third minor penalty of the game. He has just two points in eight games along with a minus-2 rating. Bruce Cassidy said following the game that he wasn’t sure Kuraly was going to be able to pull himself out of his funk after San Jose scored on his third and final penalty, so the Bruins went with 11 forwards.

“[Kuraly] took some penalties, and no one feels worse about it. He’s a great kid, he works hard and he just – we just shortened the bench because as a young guy, I wasn’t sure he could fight his way out of it after a while,” Cassidiy said. “We need [him] to bear down and do this, and he’s maybe thinking about, ‘Oh God, what if I might have hurt the team tonight?’ You’ve got to be able to park some of that stuff. Part of that is on the staff to make sure he does that, but we went a different direction and went with [getting] Pasta a few more minutes and moved [Danton] Heinen up.

“Today it worked. I talked to him after the game already, listen, it’s a little different than Providence. Providence you’re trying to develop players in a winning environment, here it’s…you’re winning, and hopefully developing some players while you’re doing it. [The San Jose game] was a tough one for him, but tomorrow’s a new day.”

While it’s true Thursday night was more on the bad spectrum for Kuraly with the penalty hat trick, he hasn’t consistently been the same fast-moving, hard-checking force with the North/South game that he was in the playoffs. Both Danton Heinen and Frank Vatrano showed signs of picking up their games on Thursday night and there is a boatload of talent in Providence that’s growing toward their own shots in Boston, so Kuraly is heading toward a point where he needs to pick things up if he wants to stick around the NHL.  


 

Pastrnak's third-period goal gives Bruins their fourth straight victory, 4-3 over Pens

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Pastrnak's third-period goal gives Bruins their fourth straight victory, 4-3 over Pens

BOSTON – The Bruins always hope to give their fans something good in their annual matinee on the day after Thanksgiving, and that was the case Friday.

They got off on the right foot with a great first period, then finished with an electric breakaway from David Pastrnak in the third period, and posted an entertaining, solid 4-3 win over the back-to-back Stanley Cup champ Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.

Pastrnak’s 11th goal of the season was the game-winner. The Penguins had battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits and tied the score, then Pastrnak was freed up by a brilliant neutral-zone pass from Riley Nash. He sped in all alone and flipped the puck over Matt Murray’s glove hand at 5:06 of the third.

David Krejci and Sean Kuraly had opened things up with goals in the first period, as the B's outshot the Penguins by a 14-4 margin. But Sidney Crosby and the Pens answered back in the second with three goals of their own, including a controversial game-tying score from Sid the Kid after Boston had moved ahead 3-1 on a goal by from Charlestown native Matt Grzelcyk.

The Crosby goal came after it appeared the refs had called play dead with a whistle as the puck sat on Anton Khudobin’s waist in the crease. It also appeared to have been goalie interference, as Crosby’s stick had made contact with Khudobin while the puck was in mid-air. But on replay the officials overturned the call of no-goal on the ice, and the score was tied 3-3 after two.

That set things up for Pastrnak, who snapped a five-game goal-scoring stretch, and handed the red-hot Bruins their season-high fourth win in a row.

Bruins extend winning streak to four with 4-3 victory over Penguins

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Bruins extend winning streak to four with 4-3 victory over Penguins

BOSTON – The Bruins always hope to give their fans something good in their annual matinee on the day after Thanksgiving, and that was the case Friday.

They got off on the right foot with a great first period, then finished with an electric breakaway from David Pastrnak in the third period, and posted an entertaining, solid 4-3 win over the back-to-back Stanley Cup champ Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.

Pastrnak’s 11th goal of the season was the game-winner. The Penguins had battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits and tied the score, then Pastrnak was freed up by a brilliant neutral-zone pass from Riley Nash. He sped in all alone and flipped the puck over Matt Murray’s glove hand for the game-winner at 5:06 of the third.

David Krejci and Sean Kuraly had opened things up with goals in the first period, as the outshot the Penguins by a 14-4 margin. But Sidney Crosby and the Pens answered back in the second with three goals of their own, including a controversial game-tying score from Sid the Kid after Boston had moved ahead 3-1 on goal by from Charlestown native Matt Grzelcyk.

The Crosby goal came after it appeared that the refs had called play dead with a whistle as the puck sat on Anton Khudobin’s waist in the crease. It also appeared to have been goalie interference, as Crosby’s stick had made contact with Khudobin while the puck was in mid-air. But the officials overturned the call of no-goal on the ice, and the score was tied 3-3 after two.

That set things up for Pastrnak’s heroics while snapping a five-game goal-scoring stretch, and handing the red-hot Bruins their season-high fourth win in a row.