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Marchand scores NHL-leading fifth overtime goal

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Marchand scores NHL-leading fifth overtime goal

GOLD STAR: Tuukka Rask trudged through most of March with a pretty average body of work, but he’s turned it up at the end of the month with the playoffs just a couple of weeks away. Rask was at his best in the first period stopping 11 pucks with a handful of quality scoring chances for the Wild, including a point blank stop on a Ryan Murphy shot after a Rask turnover behind the net and a post-to-post outstretched glove save on a Matt Dumba backhander during a Minnesota power play possession. Just minutes later Rask shut down Matt Cullen as well with a big leg pad save on another open chance from the front of the net. The shots on net went down as the game went along, but Rask continued to be very good aside from one long rebound off the end boards that Mikko Koivu beat him to in the crease area for the game-tying goal in the third period. In all Rask stopped 24-of-25 shots and was excellent for the second game in a row after stopping 40 shots against the Dallas Stars on Friday night. That’s a good sign down the stretch for the Black and Gold. 

BLACK EYE: A tough night for Massachusetts homeboy Charlie Coyle, who was on the ice for both of the goals scored against the Bruins and didn’t finish with a single shot on net. Instead Coyle had just a single missed shot and won 3-of-4 face-offs in his 17:11 of ice time and was the single forward left on the ice in 3-on-3 overtime when the Wild got burned by Brad Marchand’s overtime heroics. Clearly it was a pretty well-played game by a couple of teams that should be in the playoffs, so there weren’t a whole lot of weak links on either side. But Coyle is an important player for Minnesota, and was a complete non-factor for them aside from being on the puck when the puck was going in their net. That’s never a very good thing. 

TURNING POINT: It was all about overtime for the Bruins as it took a grand total of 38 seconds for Marchand to score his NHL-leading fifth overtime goal this season. He took an excellent lead pass from Torey Krug that allowed him to enter the Minnesota zone with some speed and momentum, and he simply fired off the perfect shot off the inside of the far post on a goal that Alex Stalock probably wishes that he could have back. For Marchand, though, it was another piece of proof that he’s a force to be reckoned with during 3-on-3 play in overtime, and that NHL coaches may need to go back to the drawing board after Minnesota going with three defensemen against Marchand in the extra session didn’t work out too well for the Wild.

HONORABLE MENTION: Who else but Brad Marchand? The Nose Face Killah buried the Wild in the overtime with his fifth OT winner of the season, which leads the league, also picked up an assist on Boston’s first goal in the second period. Marchand was a dominant force throughout the game, but was very good with the goal, two points and the plus-2 rating in 19:18 of ice time. He also picked up right where things left off with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak in the chemistry department as they dominated on the ice, and played the kind of powerful two-way hockey that was an every game occurrence for them before injuries broke them apart for the last month. Marchand also leads the Bruins with 80 points and 33 goals on the season, and would be smack dab in the middle of the Hart Trophy race if he hadn’t missed time to injuries and suspension. 

BY THE NUMBERS: 14-for-23 – the face-off performance for Patrice Bergeron in his first game back after missing the last month that allowed the Bruins to get back to their normal state of controlling play from the face-off dot after struggling when No. 37 was out. 

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Their line definitely does [have the puck possession]. Even it’s a 50/50 puck battle they’re strong to win those pucks. They’re hard to play against because of that. They have the puck a lot, and when they do they’re dangerous, and they’re hard on it.” –Bruce Cassidy, on the reunited Bruins top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak once again showing that dominant puck possession game in supplying both goals in a 2-1 win over the Wild.

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Bruins vs. Hurricanes schedule: 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs dates and times

Bruins vs. Hurricanes schedule: 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs dates and times

The Boston Bruins will begin the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a first-round matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes.

You probably remember these teams meeting in the 2019 Eastern Conference Final, a series the B's won in a sweep before losing to the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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This year's series should be much more competitive because the Hurricanes are not only better than they were in 2019, they're also riding the momentum of a qualifying round sweep of the New York Rangers.

While the Hurricanes enter the playoffs playing some of their best hockey of the season, the Bruins come into Round 1 after three lackluster performances in the NHL's round robin. Boston went 0-3-0 in the round robin and was outscored 9-4. The power play didn't score once, and the Bruins' top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak tallied only one point (a Bergeron assist) in the three games. 

Boston's top line scored six goals against the Hurricanes in last year's East Final, and another strong effort from that trio would go a long way in helping the Bruins achieve a similar outcome versus Carolina this season.

This first-round matchup will be the fourth playoff series between these teams:

--1999 Eastern Conference quarterfinals: Bruins win 4-2
--2009 Eastern Conference semifinals: Hurricanes in 4-3
--2019 Eastern Conference Final: Bruins win 4-0

Here's the complete schedule for the Bruins vs. Hurricanes first-round playoff series. All games will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto (all times ET):

Game 1: Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.
Game 2: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m.
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at noon
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD
Game 6*: Thursday, Aug. 20 at TBD
Game 7*: Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD
*if necessary 

The Bruins will be the home team in Game 1, Game 2, Game 5 and Game 7, so they will get last change in those matchups.

NHL round robin, qualifying series schedule 2020: Dates, scores for every game

NHL round robin, qualifying series schedule 2020: Dates, scores for every game

The NHL is officially returning to play.

The league and NHLPA ratified the Return to Play Plan and a new CBA deal Friday, paving the way for the 2019-20 season to finish. The regular season is over, but the league is not yet jumping into the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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The top four teams in each conference will determine their seeding for the first round by playing a round robin format. The teams ranked No. 5 through No. 12 in each conference will square off in a qualifying round that will use a Best-of-5 series format. The four winners of the qualifying series in each conference will be matched up against the top four teams for the first round based on seeding.

These games will take place in two host cities. The Eastern Conference games will be played at Scotiabank Place in Toronto, and the Western Conference matchups will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Here's the schedule for every round robin game and qualifying round series. Check back to this article after each game for scores and updated schedules.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

ROUND ROBIN
Sunday, Aug. 2: Flyers 4, Bruins 1
Monday, Aug. 3: Lightning 3, Capitals 2 (SO)
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Lightning 3, Bruins 2
Thursday, Aug. 6: Flyers 3, Capitals 1
Sunday, Aug. 8: Flyers 4, Lightning 1
Saturday, Aug. 9: Capitals 2, Bruins 1

QUALIFYING ROUND
(No. 5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (No. 12) Montreal Canadiens
Game 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Canadiens 3, Penguins 2 (OT)
Game 2, Monday, Aug. 3: Penguins 3, Canadiens 1
Game 3, Wednesday, Aug. 5: Canadiens 4, Penguins 3
Game 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Canadiens 2, Penguins 0
Canadiens win series 3-1

(No. 6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (No. 11) New York Rangers
Game 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Hurricanes 3, Rangers 2
Game 2, Monday, Aug. 3: Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1
Game 3, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1
Hurricanes win series 3-0

(No. 7) New York Islanders vs. (No. 10) Florida Panthers
Game 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Islanders 2, Panthers 1
Game 2, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Islanders 4, Panthers 2
Game 3, Wednesday, Aug. 5: Panthers 3, Islanders 2
Game 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Islanders 5, Panthers 1
Islanders win series 3-1

(No. 8) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (No. 9) Columbus Blue Jackets
Game 1, Sunday, Aug. 2: Blue Jackets 2, Maple Leafs 0
Game 2, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Maple Leafs 3, Blue Jackets 0
Game 3, Thursday, Aug. 6: Blue Jackets 4, Leafs 3 (OT)
Game 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Maple Leafs 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT)
Game 5, Sunday, Aug. 9: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs

WESTERN CONFERENCE

ROUND ROBIN
Sunday, Aug. 2: Avalanche 2, Blues 1
Monday, Aug. 3: Golden Knights 5, Stars 3
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Avalanche 4, Stars 0
Thursday, Aug. 6: Golden Knights 6, Blues 4
Saturday, Aug. 8: Golden Knights 4, Avalanche 3 (OT)
Sunday, Aug. 9: Stars 2, Blues 1 (SO)

QUALIFYING ROUND
(No. 5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (No. 12) Chicago Blackhawks
Game 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Blackhawks 6, Oilers 4
Game 2, Monday, Aug. 3: Oilers 6, Blackhawks 3
Game 3, Wednesday, Aug. 5: Blackhawks 4, Oilers 3
Game 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Blackhawks 3, Oilers 2
Blackhawks win series 3-1

(No. 6) Nashville Predators vs. (No. 11) Arizona Coyotes
Game 1, Sunday, Aug. 2: Coyotes 4, Predators 3
Game 2, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Predators 4, Coyotes 2
Game 3, Wednesday, Aug. 5: Coyotes 4, Predators 1
Game 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Coyotes 4, Predators 3 (OT)
Coyotes win series 3-1

(No. 7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (No. 10) Minnesota Wild
Game 1, Sunday, Aug. 2: Wild 3, Canucks 0
Game 2, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Canucks 4, Wild 3
Game 3, Thursday, Aug. 6: Canucks 3, Wild 0
Game 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Canucks 5, Wild 4 (OT)
Canucks win series 3-1

(No. 8) Calgary Flames vs. (No. 9) Winnipeg Jets
Game 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Flames 4, Jets 1
Game 2, Monday, Aug. 3: Jets 3, Flames 2
Game 3, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Flames 6, Jets 2
Game 4, Thursday, Aug. 6: Flames 4, Jets 0
Flames win series 3-1