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Hats off to Bruins' David Krejci

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Hats off to Bruins' David Krejci

BOSTON -- David Krejci had his fourth career hat trick, David Pastrnak had two goals and an assist, and the Boston Bruins had their highest-scoring game since 2012 on Thursday night, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 8-4.

One night after the Boston Celtics posted a season-high 134 points in the same building, the Bruins had their biggest offensive output of the year.

Pittsburgh's Ollie Matta scored just 35 into the game, but from there on it was mostly Bruins. Boston led 2-1 before the three-minute mark, 3-1 after six minutes and 5-2 with just under four minutes to play in the first before Riley Sheahan scored with 4 seconds to play in the period.

The Bruins added three in the second -- two on the power play from Krejci, giving him a hat trick with 25:27 still to play -- and one from Pastrnak. It was Krejci's first three-goal game since 2014; he also has had two in the playoffs.

The Bruins have won back-to-back games since the trade deadline, when they acquired Rick Nash and Tommy Wingels and signed Team USA Olympic captain Brian Gionta. Nash had a goal and an assist, and Gionta had two assists.

Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for the Bruins (see full recap).

Conacher proves clutch as Lightning win in OT
DALLAS -- Cory Conacher scored with 41 seconds left in overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Thursday night.

Conacher broke away from Dallas' Jamie Benn and slid the puck between goalie Ben Bishop's legs.

It was the Lightning's fourth game in six nights that went past 60 minutes.

Tampa Bay's Anthony Cirelli had a goal and an assist in the three-goal second period of his NHL debut. The Lightning recalled the 20-year-old Cirelli from Syracuse of the AHL earlier Thursday as an emergency replacement for NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov.

Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist for Dallas, which rallied with two third-period goals.

Mattias Janmark had tied the game with four seconds left in regulation, when he lifted a shot from a scramble over fallen Tampa Bay goalie Louis Domingue.

Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos also scored for the Lightning (see full recap).

Barkov, Panthers edge Devils for 4th straight win
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Aleksander Barkov scored two goals to lift the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Maxim Mamin scored his second NHL goal and Robert Luongo made 29 saves as the Panthers recorded their fourth straight win.

Jesper Bratt and Taylor Hall scored for the Devils. Cory Schneider stopped 26 shots in his first start since missing 16 games with a lower-body injury.

Barkov's second goal stretched the Panthers lead to 3-1 with 3:34 left in the third. Barkov lifted the puck over Schneider and into the net.

Bratt's goal closed the score to 3-2 with 2:07 left in the third (see full recap).

Claude Giroux has No. 28 junior hockey jersey retired by Gatineau Olympiques

Claude Giroux has No. 28 junior hockey jersey retired by Gatineau Olympiques

At 30 years old last season, Claude Giroux scored 102 points in the best league on the planet.

Imagine a young Giroux playing junior hockey? He was a terror.

Giroux eclipsed the 100-point barrier in each of his three seasons with the QMJHL's Gatineau Olympiques from 2005-08.

Here were his stat lines:

2005-06 — 103 points (30 goals, 64 assists) in 69 games

2006-07 — 112 points (48 goals, 64 assists) in 63 games

2007-08 — 106 points (38 goals, 68 assists) in 55 games (added 51 points in 19 playoff games)

Giroux, who will eventually have his No. 28 retired by the Flyers, had his jersey raised to the rafters Wednesday night by the Olympiques.

Same No. 28, just a different sweater (which is awesome, by the way).

Here are some images from the night, courtesy of the great Flyers senior director of public relations Zack Hill. The first picture is Giroux with his mother Nicole and father Raymond.







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Flyers vs. Penguins Stadium Series weather forecast is looking dicey

Flyers vs. Penguins Stadium Series weather forecast is looking dicey

Lincoln Financial Field prepared for snow Wednesday.

Next will be the rain, which is difficult to work around when it comes to outdoor hockey.

That could be the case Saturday when the Flyers host the Penguins in the 2019 Stadium Series at the Linc. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. on NBC. The chance of rainfall is at 100 percent during the evening and the rain may not taper off until early Sunday morning, according to weather reports.

All of this is things we've experienced before. We're used to it. Because of that, we're very, very prepared for weather delays. ... We can't play in a torrential downpour, but right now if you look at the weather forecast — and it does change hour by hour — there's no call for severe or heavy rain. So we're really confident based on what we're reading right now that the game will go as planned.

- NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer

Weather conditions are always a factor in outdoor games. You're dealing with an uncovered ice surface and all possible types of Mother Nature.

"Rain in large quantities, that can hurt us," Dean Matsuzaki, the NHL's vice president of events, said Monday on the the AccuWeather podcast. "First and foremost, we have to worry about player safety, so rain, snow, things like that."

It becomes even more substantial when considering the implications of the game. The Flyers and Penguins are fighting for a playoff berth. The Flyers entered Wednesday six points out of the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot, while the Penguins sat not-so-comfortably in third place of the Metropolitan Division (see standings).

"We actually joked about it after the last game [against the Pengins], I'm like, 'I don't know what's going to go on on the ice because it's going to be a battle out there,'" Travis Konecny said last Friday. "It's a big event for everyone to enjoy, but it might come down to one of the biggest games for us this year."

There has been no word of a potential postponement or time change for Saturday night's game. Both the Flyers and Penguins don't play again until Tuesday.

For the latest updates on the forecast, visit NBC Philadelphia right here, while checking out the sights and scenes ahead of the event below.


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