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The Bruins are 10-0-2 in their last 12 road games
02-14-2019, 10:21 AM
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The Bruins are 10-0-2 in their last 12 road games
RALEIGH Colorado Avalanche T-Shirts Womens , N.C. (AP) — William Nylander can’t make up for lost time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. That’s not going to stop the right wing from trying.He had a pair of assists and was active all over the ice Tuesday night in Toronto’s 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.“I’m just trying to get back as fast as possible,” Nylander said.The assists were the first two points of the season for the fourth-year forward. He missed training camp, the preseason and the first 28 regular-season games while holding out for a new contract. He signed a six-year deal worth $41.7 million on Dec. 1, and Tuesday marked his third game back with Toronto.Tyler Ennis, Morgan Rielly, Patrick Marleau and John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs, who won for the third time in four road games. Frederik Andersen made 29 saves.Justin Williams scored for the injury-depleted Hurricanes, who lost for the fourth time in five games.The Maple Leafs (21-9-1) started the night with the second-most points in the Eastern Conference. They made do without Nylander, who scored at least 20 goals in each of the previous two seasons.Nylander didn’t have a point in his first two games back, both losses for Toronto. But he helped set up Rielly’s go-ahead goal in the second period and then fed Marleau for a pretty 2-on-1 finish in the third.“Every game is getting better and better,” Nylander said.A little rust and learning curve was expected by his teammates.“He played no preseason games and he’s playing against guys who are in midseason form,” Rielly said. “It’s a tough situation to come into, but he has done a great job. He has worked very hard. He’s happy to be back and we’re happy to have him back.”With their top-end talent, the Maple Leafs overwhelmed Carolina. They had a 13-3 advantage in shots through the first half of the first period and dominated the opening stanza. Ennis flipped in a loose rebound for a 1-0 lead at 8:35.A double-minor penalty for high-sticking on Nylander in the first slowed some of Toronto’s momentum. The Maple Leafs were able to kill off the penalty but couldn’t build on their early lead.Williams was able to beat Andersen for a power-play goal at 12:44 in the second period to tie it at 1.The Hurricanes played without center Jordan Staal (concussion) for the second straight game. Top scorer Michael Ferland Colorado Avalanche Hoodies Womens , who missed the previous four games with a concussion, didn’t make it out of the first period. He missed the final two periods with what the team called an upper-body injury.“We were playing one of the best offensive teams in the league and we needed everyone on board,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said.Rielly broke the tie at 13:51 of the second, only 67 seconds after Williams’ goal, with a pass that went past Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek (25 saves) and off the stick of one of his own defensemen.Rielly was trying to feed Andreas Johnsson but Carolina’s Dougie Hamilton got his stick on the puck and pushed it past Mrazek.Nylander stretched Toronto’s lead in the third period. He set up Marleau for an easy finish of a 2-on-1 break at 5:49.Tavares added a goal at 8:29 in the third, his team-best 19th of the season.Toronto coach Mike Babcock said the team will be patient with Nylander as he tries to get up to full speed.“It’s going to take him time,” Babcock said.Nylander, however, is already finding a way to help.NOTES: The Hurricanes were just happy to be home safely after a three-game road trip. Their charter plane had to make an emergency landing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, early Saturday morning on the way back from a 4-1 win at Anaheim. The team and flight personnel could smell smoke in the cabin. The plane eventually returned safely to Raleigh. “I’ve never been through anything quite like that,” Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook told the Raleigh News & Observer. “Whenever you smell smoke you get a little worried. We went down pretty quick from whatever, 35,000 feet Colorado Avalanche Hats Womens , and landed pretty fast. Check that one off the bucket list, I guess.”UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Play at Tampa Bay on Thursday.Hurricanes: Play at Montreal on Thursday. NEW YORK (AP) The Boston Bruins have been winning every conceivable way recently. Against the sagging New York Rangers, they used stellar goaltending early and six straight goals to do the job.Riley Nash and Zdeno Chara scored first-period goals and Patrice Bergeron added two in the second to help the surging Bruins swamp the Rangers 6-1 on Wednesday night.The Bruins won for the 18th time in their last 23 games, getting 21 saves from backup netminder Anton Khudobin. The Bruins (33-11-8) are just a point behind Atlantic Division-leading Tampa Bay.”In the first period, our goaltender was terrific,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. ”He was the difference tonight. We got a lead going into the second and once that happened, our group thought we would be in good shape.”Tim Schaller’s goal that made it 4-1 at 7:25 of the second period chased Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and brought boos from the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist was replaced by Ondrej Pavelec.”After they scored two in the first, instead of staying aggressive the way I need to be, I became passive,” said Lundqvist, who hasn’t won since Jan. 18. ”When you lose a lot, obviously it’s going to affect you.”The Rangers had won seven straight over the Bruins, including both meetings this season. But New York was no match for the Boston attack on Wednesday.After Rick Nash gave the Rangers an early lead with his 16th goal five minutes into the first period, the Bruins began their relentless barrage. Riley Nash tied it with his eighth of the season at 7:54 with assists to David Backes and Danton Heinen.Lundqvist initially stopped a shot by Backes. But the Bruins forward recovered his rebound Custom Colorado Avalanche Jerseys , then sent the puck in front to Nash as Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo was caught out of position.Chara, the 40-year-old defenseman playing his 20th NHL season, put Boston ahead at 16:09 of the first with his fifth goal of the season and the 193rd of his career.”We were talking we wanted to keep making strong plays and play well defensively,” Chara said. ”Anton made some really good saves for us and we got ahead.”The Bruins extended the lead to 3-1 at 3:47 of the second when Bergeron’s long shot from just inside the blue line skittered past Lundqvist after the goaltender seemed to make a pad save.Schaller extended the lead with his eighth of the season before Bergeron scored his second of the game – this time short-handed – at the 10-minute mark. The goal was Bergeron’s team-leading 24th and came with assists to Chara and Brad Marchand, who returned after serving a five-game suspension for elbowing New Jersey’s Marcus Johansson.”Every line is stepping up for us,” Marchand said. ”It makes us hard to play against.”Sean Kuraly completed the scoring with his fifth goal at 6:14 of the third.Boston is 18-1-4 in their last 23 games and 27-4-4 in its last 35 contests. The Bruins are 10-0-2 in their last 12 road games. They last lost an away game in regulation on Dec. 4 at Nashville.”We want to play up to a certain standard and not worry about what the other team does,” Chara added. ”We just want to focus on us.”The spiraling Rangers have lost four straight and seven of their last eight games. They are 3-10-0 since winning at Arizona on Jan. 6. The Rangers last missed the playoffs in 2010.”There’s no doubt they made us look very bad tonight,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. ”There’s no doubt that in the second period after that third and fourth goal, we fell hard.”NOTES: Lundqvist made his 788th career appearance, tying Gilles Meloche for 17th place on the NHL goalies list. . The Rangers were without injured forward Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich and Jimmy Vesey, as well as defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Marc Staal … Boston scratched forward Frank Vatrano and defensemen Paul Postma and Kevan Miller.UP NEXTBruins: Host Buffalo on Saturday night.Rangers: Host Calgary on Friday night.
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