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Bruins' David Pastrnak joins elite company while carrying Boston offense

Bruins' David Pastrnak joins elite company while carrying Boston offense

Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak continues to etch himself into the record books. 

The 23-year-old added to his goal total Thursday night, and in the process did something no Bruin has accomplished in about 15 years -- score at least five consecutive team goals.

Pastrnak has played a role in at least seven consecutive team goals for the second time in his young career, according to NHL Public Relations. The only other player in Bruins history to accomplish the feat was Phil Esposito in 1974 (nine straight team goals). 

The Czech Republic native, as of early Friday afternoon, is also tied with Edmonton Oilers forward James Neal for the league lead in goals scored with eight. Pastrnak also ranks fourth in points with 13. Since the start of his NHL career in 2014-15, Pastrnak has tallied 140 goals and 157 assists for 297 points in 327 games played. 

While Pastrnak and his linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand are carrying the B's offense, Boston will need to get its secondary scoring situation squared away quickly. The top line has combined for 17 goals and 14 assists while the remainder of Boston's lineup has accounted for a mere three goals and six assists -- not great for a team that saw its top line shut down throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

Pastrnak and his linemates were given the day off Friday as the team prepares for a home-and-home set with the Toronto Maple Leafs beginning Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena. 

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Bruins' Bruce Cassidy staying patient amid slow start to season

Bruins' Bruce Cassidy staying patient amid slow start to season

The Boston Bruins opened the 2019-20 season with victories over the Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes, and it's no thanks to the offense. 

The B's tallied just three goals through their first two games, but head coach Bruce Cassidy isn't frustrated just yet. 

"I wouldn't say frustration. I don't think we're playing the way we need to right now to score, not generating enough, let's start with that," Cassidy said according to BostonBruins.com's Eric Russo. "We're not playing off an original shot, we're trying to make plays through sticks that maybe aren't there."

Cassidy thinks the Bruins can score more goals by shooting the puck before the other team has time to get set in the defensive zone.

"That's how we scored the other night - we came down the wing, shot it, we got them before they were set in their coverage, got a puck to the slot and it found its way in," Cassidy said. "Those are the types of goals right now that our whole group needs to think about scoring. We talked about it today, whether it kicks in today or the next day, I don't know. I hope it's against Vegas because we are capable of more."

With the start of a new season comes fatigue, and Cassidy added that some players are still trying to get their legs going -- especially after a rather short offseason. 

"I think it's just getting some reps, in-game live action for some of our guys that haven't played a lot," Cassidy said. "Part of that will clean itself up with these games on the schedule coming. [Vegas] is a heavy team, a good hockey team. It should get their attention."

If it doesn't get the team's attention, though, then maybe Cassidy gets a little more frustrated as the season rolls on.

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Julian Edelman was fired up about Bruins' win in season opener

Julian Edelman was fired up about Bruins' win in season opener

It's shaping up to be a good weekend for Boston sports, and Julian Edelman was excited with the way the Boston Bruins kicked off their 2019-20 campaign. 

The New England Patriots wide receiver posted a photo to Instagram with the caption "Way to get the weekend started @nhlbruins #BsWin­čÉ╗."

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The B's opened up their season with a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars Thursday night thanks to goals by Brett Ritchie and Danton Heinen. Boston will be back in action again Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET against the Arizona Coyotes before facing the Vega Golden Knights on Tuesday.

As for the Patriots, they'll look to stay perfect as they take on the struggling Washington Redskins Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on the road.

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