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Highlights of the Bruins 5-1 victory over the Devils

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Highlights of the Bruins 5-1 victory over the Devils

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 5, Devils 1

IN BRIEF: David Pastrnak scored his first goal since returning from a thumb injury and Patrice Bergeron scored twice to reach 30 goals for the fifth time and lead the Bruins to a 5-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night in Newark. BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 45-20-9, 99 points, second in the Atlantic Division

HIGHLIGHTS:

BERGERON GETS IT STARTED:

PASTRNAK'S FIRST GOAL SINCE HIS RETURN:

HEINEN MAKES IT 3-1 IN THIRD:

FROM JOE HAGGERTY:
*A really good sign seeing Zdeno Chara with some jets in his skating legs to motor the puck up the ice and then create the goal-scoring play where Patrice Bergeron was wide open in the slot ready to receive a pass from David Pastrnak. Chara has been playing much fewer minutes than normal over the past couple of months with an eye on keeping him fresh late in the season, and for tonight at least, it seems to be working. Chara didn’t even get an assist on the play, but he had a strong evening while again playing a little less than he normally does as the workhorse No. 1 defenseman.

*Bergeron scored his 29th goal after burying a great Pastrnak centering pass after the Bruins took advantage of Andy Greene with no stick in the New Jersey defensive zone. He added an empty-netter in the final minute to hit the 30-goal mark for the fifth time in his 14-year career. So, the Bruins have all three members of the Perfection Line with 30 goals for the second consecutive season. Bergeron was also a key figure in an offensive zone face-off win that set up Boston’s second goal.

*It was a tough break for Sean Kuraly in the third period as he blocked a shot from the point that clearly dinged up his hand or thumb and it kick-started a breakaway the other way. The puck bounced to Danton Heinen’s stick as he rushed up the ice and he managed to shoot on the rush and snapped it top-corner past Cory Schneider for the insurance goal in the third period. Kuraly took the hit to make the play and did manage to return to the bench after getting some repairs in the B’s dressing room, but he was never able to get back into the game. It would be a tough loss if the B’s lose Kuraly for any amount of time given how good that fourth line has been.  

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At Panthers, Saturday, 7 p.m., NESN
At Lightning, Monday, 7:30 p.m., NESN

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Stars-Bruins Talking Points: Nick Ritchie as advertised in Bruins victory over Stars

Stars-Bruins Talking Points: Nick Ritchie as advertised in Bruins victory over Stars

GOLD STAR: Nick Ritchie showed his physicality on Tuesday night and showed off the skill that made him a top-10 pick in the draft in Thursday night’s win over the Stars.

Ritchie scored a second period goal on his first shot as a member of the Bruins after collecting a loose puck in the high slot and firing it through traffic on its way past Ben Bishop. Then, Ritchie teamed with David Pastrnak on a give-and-go play where he fed No. 88 at the post for a tap-in goal that showed off the big winger’s smooth hands for a power forward-type player.

Ritchie finished with two shot attempts, three hits and a pair of blocked shots to go along with a plus-1 rating in 12:59 of ice time, and continues to show the ability to win battles along the boards and serve as a big body in front of the net. He looks as advertised a couple of games into his Bruins career.

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BLACK EYE: Alex Radulov didn’t even register a blip on the radar screen for the Stars as he finished with zero shots on net while on ice for a pair of goals against in 13:49 of ice time.

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn at least both picked up assists in the loss for Dallas while showing a little offensive production, but Radulov was a passenger while doing next-to-nothing in defeat. Radulov is having a so-so season with the Stars while sitting at 15 goals and 33 points, but it was far from his “A” game against the Bruins on Thursday night.

Then there’s the literal black eye that Joe Pavelski probably received after getting hammered by a flurry of right-handed punches from David Krejci before the referees were able to break things up.

TURNING POINT: It was very clearly the fight between Krejci and Pavelski in the second period where Krejci had decided enough was enough with the Stars forward. Krejci got tangled up with Pavelski in front of the net and the gloves came flying off both players before the Bruins center landed a number of right-handed punches on him.

The Bruins seemed to play with more intensity and energy following the fisticuffs from Krejci and scored a pair of goals to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish on the evening. For a player that was criticized for not playing hard enough following Tuesday night’s loss, Krejci had a big response this time around in his first fight since dropping the gloves with Benoit Pouliot during the 2010-11 season.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Pastrnak continues to push the envelope offensively and that’s what he did in scoring his 46th goal of the season on Thursday night. Pastrnak sped the puck up the ice all by himself, dished quickly to Nick Ritchie and then cut to the net before the power forward dished it back to him for the tap-in goal at the post.

Pastrnak finished with a goal, two points and a plus-2 rating in 17:16 of ice time while registering four shots on net and eight shot attempts overall. More importantly, Pastrnak had zero giveaways in the game and managed the puck while making his usual array of dazzling plays in the offensive zone.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 – the number of shots on net in a Bruins uniform that it took for both Ritchie brothers to score goals, and with both of those goals coming against the Stars.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We responded. They were aware that it wasn’t our best. We needed to be better and we were tonight.” –Bruce Cassidy, on the B’s bouncing back after back-to-back losses to Vancouver and Calgary. 

NHL Highlights: Nick Ritchie steps up in Bruins 4-3 win over Stars

NHL Highlights: Nick Ritchie steps up in Bruins 4-3 win over Stars

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 4, Stars 3

IN BRIEF: Nick Ritchie scores his first goal as a Bruin, David Pastrnak scores his 46th of the season, and the Boston Bruins snap a two-game losing streak to the Dallas Stars. Ritchie also added an assist on Pastrnak's goal, and played much better than in his Bruins debut. Unfortunately, Ondrej Kase didn't produce, but it was his first game back from injury on top of playing with a new team. The Bruins managed to widen the gap in the Atlantic Division as the Tampa Bay Lightning lost their fourth straight to the Chicago Blackhawks.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 40-13-12 (92 points)

HIGHLIGHTS

KLINGBERG PUTS THE STARS ON THE BOARD FIRST

CHARLIE COYLE RESPONDS WITH POWER PLAY GOAL

DAVID KREJCI AND JOE PAVELSKI DROP THE MITTS

BRAD MARCHAND GIVES B'S THE LEAD OFF SLICK FEED FROM MCAVOY

NICK RITCHIE NOTCHES FIRST GOAL AS A BRUIN

DALLAS CUTS BOSTON'S LEAD TO ONE

46TH SERVING OF PASTA PUTS BOSTON BACK UP BY TWO

SEGUIN PUTS THE STARS WITHIN ONE LATE IN THE THIRD PERIOD

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@ New York Islanders, Saturday, 1 p.m. NESN
@ Tampa Bay Lightning, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. NBCSN

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