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Expected to miss at least the next two games, the Boston Bruins announced they have placed defenseman Torey Krug on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. The team has recalled Paul Carey from the Providence Bruins of the AHL.

For Boston, the injury adds to the list of banged-up Bruins, as the team is also without David Backes, Kevan Miller, John Moore, Jake Debrusk, Brett Ritchie, Zachary Senyshyn and Karson Kuhlman.

Krug has been out since suffering the upper-body injury on Nov. 10 against Philadelphia. He had already been ruled out for both weekend games and with the injury having occurred almost a week ago, the team could activate him early next week if he’s ready.

Carey has been a solid addition to the Providence Bruins. The 31-year-old forward, who has mostly been a journeyman through the AHL, fared well last year with Providence, scoring 22 goals in 30 games. He has also played well this year with seven goals and 13 points in 17 games. He has played 99 NHL games over the course of his career. His most impressive season came in 2017-18 when he played 60 games with the New York Rangers.

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Marc-Andre Fleury plays when he’s told.

How much he plays has changed.

A decade ago, Fleury started 61 out of 82 games before backstopping Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup. He started 58 and 34 times on the Penguins’ 2016 and 2017 Cup runs splitting time with Matt Murray, then made 46 starts for Vegas and led the expansion Golden Knights to the final.

“As a player, I love being in there. I love playing the game,” Fleury said. “It’s tough to find like the perfect amount of games. Nowadays, I feel like we’re hearing more than ever how we’re going to manage two goalies and stuff.”

Consider it hockey’s version of “load management” that’s gained popularity in basketball. Don’t expect NHL teams to handpick games throughout the season to rest star players — except top goaltenders who are getting more nights off while their backups share the net with an eye toward playoff success.

Each of the past five Cup-winning goalies started fewer than 60 games in the regular season, along with three of the past five runners up. The days of Martin Brodeur starting 78 games are gone — only three goalies have 70-plus starts over the past five seasons — and teams think year-round about how to best prepare to play deep into June.

“The trend is definitely going the way that you split the net more,” said Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask, who carried the Bruins to Game 7 of the final last year after starting 46 times in the regular season. “It’s a tough thing because if your starter makes $8-9 million, you want him to play. But then you want to win the Cup, so you’ve got to think of it like, well, if this guy plays 70 games, is he going to play 25 in the playoffs at the same level? Versus OK we’re playing him 45, 50 really good games and then we got the other guy and the A guy’s going to play 25 really good (playoff games).”

Rask and Jaroslav Halak, Washington’s Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer in 2018 and Pittsburgh’s Murray and Fleury the previous two years are prime examples. Jordan Binnington didn’t make his first NHL start until January, but 32 games of work made him fresh to help the St. Louis Blues win the Cup last season.

It’s a delicate balance of having enough salary cap space to employ two capable goalies with playing time, plotting out the schedule for maximum rest benefits and collecting enough points to make the playoffs.

“It’s a collaborative discussion that all teams have,” Vegas general manager Kelly McCrimmon said. “What we’re doing is trying to win hockey games during the regular season, trying to keep both of our goalies sharp and trying to have all our players at the top of their game come playoffs.”

The New York Islanders have alternated Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov for their first 24 games and allow the fourth-fewest goals in the league. Anaheim’s coaching staff pencils in both John Gibson or Ryan Miller for all 82 games and revisits incrementally to adjust for injuries and workloads.

“It has very little to do with games,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “It has more to do with how much work. We had a game earlier this year where we were overwhelmed in the game against Vegas. I think they put up 50 shots, and we were in our zone the whole time. That went down as one game for John, but he really played two, so that’s kind of how we look at it.”

Miller previously preferred to skip a game with a couple days off on each end for a mental break. He sees so many teams splitting back-to-backs and understands it but also thinks battling some old-school fatigue can be good for a goaltender.

“I don’t think there’s a strict recipe,” said Miller, whose career high was 74 starts in 2007-08 with Buffalo. “I think some adversity is good to keep your mentality in the right place. It’s not going to be a cake walk and then playoffs hit and it’s like (you’re) dialed in. You’ve got to go through some stuff and work through it and battle through the harder situations so that’s just your mindset every night.”

NHL goalies believe modern games are more difficult with higher shot totals than past decades. Teams are averaging 30 shots a game in 2019-20, while the schedule has more back-to-backs.

“Nowadays there’s a lot more work for a goalie: a lot less hooking and holding up for the D-men, so there’s a lot more chances or a lot more in-zone time that you’re actually working,” said Philadelphia’s Brian Elliott, who’s part of a successful tandem with Carter Hart. “Even if you’re maybe not getting shots, you’re looking through screens, you’re doing a lot of work.”

Vegas coach Gerard Gallant appreciates Fleury wants to play all 82 games, and he’s not alone in wanting to grab the net and not let go.

“I’ve felt a lot better every year I played a lot more games,” said Holtby, who led the league with 73 games played in 2014-15. “It’s a little more of a feel game instead of an analytics game just because of the speed of it. … It’s one of those things everyone’s probably different. It probably has a lot to do with how you practice and everything.”

Some goalies are going to play more than others; Florida’s $10 million man, Sergei Bobrovsky, or Montreal’s Carey Price, the highest-paid goalie in the league, could start 60 or more just because his team needs an elite level of play.

“We’d love to have (Price) in every game, but it’s not realistic,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. “We give him some days off of practices because that’s not quite as important as him in games.”

The most important thing, of course, is the playoffs. It’s tough for starters who want to play all the time and it takes an adjustment, but the proof is in the names on the Stanley Cup that splitting the net works.

“Everybody wants to play,” Rask said. “The older you get, I think it becomes a little easier to realize that it’s not about me. I’m resting for the team.”

And resting with the hope that shouldering less of a load now makes a goalie more likely to raise a trophy over his shoulders at the end of the season.

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The Boston Bruins will go as far as their best players take them. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak need to step up.
When the Boston Bruins take on the Florida Panthers on Saturday, they’ll be desperate for a win for the first time this season. The Bruins have yet to face a ton of adversity up until this point, but now they seriously need a victory to end this five-game skid.

Whenever a team goes through such a losing streak, we all try to find places to point the finger. We look at Brett Ritchie in the top-six as the reason for lack of secondary scoring. Or, we call out John Moore and his play on the backend.

Those guys certainly deserve some of the blame, but they’re depth players at the end of the day. For the Bruins to turn things around, they need more out of their stars: Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.

It’s tough to call out Marchand and Pastrnak given their seasons so far. Marchand leads the team with 48 points in 33 games, while Pastrnak is right behind him with 46 points. Pastrnak even leads the league in goals with 26.

However, Marchand and Pastrnak cooled off lately, and this coincides with Boston’s losing streak.

Marchand is currently in the middle of an eight-game goalless drought. In those games, he only has five assists. Five assists in eight games isn’t enough for somebody who averages over a point-per-game.

Pastrnak was a little better over the past eight games, but not by much. He only scored three goals in those games, a far cry from his nearly goal-per-game average earlier in the season.

We can attribute some of this poor production to Patrice Bergeron‘s absence. He only came back to the lineup three games ago, and since then Marchand and Pastrnak already combined for six assists.

That said, the Bruins still needed more from Marchand and Pastrnak, who still got to play with a talented center in David Krejci. They’re the top offensive talents on the team, so the Bruins have to rely on them for something night in and night out.

Boston’s struggles when Marchand and Pastrnak don’t produce highlight the underlying problem: a lack of secondary scoring. The Bruins simply cannot count on the second line to consistently create offense and score.

Nonetheless, the Bruins need more than three goals and nine assists in eight games from their best scorers. At least until Don Sweeney brings somebody in to fill that vacant second-line right wing spot.

The Bruins, like any other team, will only go as far as their best players take them. Based on Marchand’s and Pastrnak’s play earlier this season, the sky was the limit. Now that both players cooled off, the Bruins came back down to earth.

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After seven straight games on the shelf, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will find himself back atop the B’s depth chart and between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak for Monday’s road meeting against the Senators.

“It will really help [Brad Marchand] and [David Pastrnak],” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, who has experienced some quieter nights from his top two wingers in recent games, said of Bergeron’s return to the lineup. “They’re a good line and they function well as a threesome, so take any one of those three guys out and I think it hurts their performance.”

???? Patrice Bergeron on returning to the lineup tonight: “We took this extra time right now to make sure I wouldn’t have to go through [sitting out] and feel good for hopefully the remainder of the season.” pic.twitter.com/oSQshDMRVr — Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) December 9, 2019
Bergeron appeared in two games prior to this most recent seven-game absence, and recorded five assists and won 24 of 40 faceoffs. Bergeron’s production over that two-game stretch upon his initial return would indicate the team erring on the side of caution given their long-term goals after what was an obviously short summer, and with consideration for Bergeron’s chronic lower-body ailments.

“Obviously, you don’t want to miss [practice] time, but you hate to miss games,” Bergeron admitted. “If it needs to take a couple practices here and there and not miss games, obviously that’s what I’ll do. We took this extra time right now to make sure I wouldn’t have to go through that and feel good for hopefully the remainder of the season.”

The 34-year-old Bergeron has eight goals and 24 points in 21 appearances this season, with the Bruins posting a 14-3-4 record with No. 37 in the lineup this year (32 of a possible 42 points).

Tuukka Rask is expected to get the start in the Boston crease.

Rask took an overtime loss behind a 27-of-31 performance against the Blackhawks last Thursday, but comes into this contest with nine straight wins and a .949 save percentage in his last nine starts against the Senators.

The Senators will counter with Anders Nilsson.

With Bergeron back, the Bruins are expected to sit David Backes, Par Lindholm, and Connor Clifton as their healthy scratches.

Here are complete expected lines and pairings for the Bruins…

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Danton Heinen

Anders Bjork – Charlie Coyle – Brett Ritchie

Joakim Nordstrom – Sean Kuraly – Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo

John Moore – Matt Grzelcyk

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Boston Bruins’ Jack Studnicka celebrates the goal by Sean Kuraly during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in Boston, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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By The Associated Press | MassLive
BOSTON (AP) — David Krejci scored 1:40 into overtime, David Pastrnak scored his league-leading 24th goal and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Friday for their sixth straight win.

Krejci’s goal, his fifth of the season, came on a left-circle wrist shot against an out-of-position Henrik Lundqvist after Pastrnak created space with a deke in the right circle before feeding Krejci through the slot.

Sean Kuraly also had a goal and Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves for the Bruins. Boston matched its longest winning streak of the season and its longest point streak at 10 games (7-0-3).

Pavel Buchnevich and Filip Chytil scored for the Rangers. Lundqvist had 24 saves as New York’s three-game winning streak was snapped.

Buchnevich’s fifth goal this season put New York up 1-0 with 5:46 to play in the first period. Buchnevich beat Halak high to the glove side on a shot from the low slot after Tony DeAngelo’s pass from the sideboards.

Chytil’s eighth of the season doubled the Rangers’ lead at 6:21 of the second. Chytil charged into the slot and scored five-hole on Halak after Ryan Strome’s shot from the right circle bounced off Halak right to Chytil.

Kuraly’s second of the year made it 2-1 with 1:32 left in the second. Jake DeBrusk’s blue-line shot caught a piece of Kuraly’s stick, bounced off the left post and trickled in after Lundqvist’s inadvertent stick swat.

Pastrnak tied it 4:27 into the third on a one-timer from the left circle after Krejci’s feed through the slot. Pastrnak finished November with 12 goals after also scoring 12 in October.

New York failed to convert on an extended power play after Boston’s Par Lindholm was assessed a double minor for high-sticking against Brendan Smith. Smith immediately grabbed his face and skated off the ice with 7:02 to go.

NOTES: Boston remained the only NHL team without a regulation home loss this season at 10-0-4. … Rangers C Artemi Panarin assisted on Chytil’s goal, giving him a team-record 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists) in November. Panarin has at least a point in 16 of his last 17 games and 20 of 24 this season. … Bruins C Patrice Bergeron (lower body) remains day-to-day after sitting out for the fifth time in seven games. … Lundqvist entered with the best career save percentage (.929) against the Bruins among all goalies with a minimum of 30 games against. Lundqvist allowed four goals on 31 shots before being pulled after two periods in New York’s 7-4 home loss to Boston on Oct. 27. … Boston debuted its newest alternate jersey, a black sweater with a large “B” logo on the front and yellow accent stripes. The logo is a throwback to the 1940-era Bruins teams that won two Stanley Cup titles.

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BOSTON — David Backes couldn’t help but smile after scoring his first goal of the season in his first game in nearly a month.

The Bruins right wing picked a big moment against a big-time rival to accomplish the feat.

Backes scored the deciding goal with 9 minutes, 31 seconds left in the third period, David Pastrnak added his league-leading 25th goal, and Boston won its seventh consecutive game, beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Sunday night.

“You could see [the emotion] on my face. That was elation,” Backes said. “I’ve been watching this team do this for a month, and now it’s great to be part of it.”

Backes’ goal came off a feed from David Krejci through the right circle. Jake DeBrusk added his sixth goal of the season on a give-and-go with Charlie Coyle a couple minutes later and the Canadiens’ season-high losing streak reached eight (0-5-3).

Backes was in the lineup for the first time since being injured during a scary collision with Ottawa’s Scott Sabourin on Nov. 2.

“We didn’t know what he’d have, to be honest with you,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “He hadn’t played in a while. I thought he gave us some good energy, had a couple looks, was banging bodies.”

Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the Bruins.

Boston extended its points streak to 11 games (8-0-3) and entered the third month of the season as the only team without a home regulation loss (11-0-4).

Joel Armia scored and Carey Price had 31 saves for Montreal.

“For 45, 46, 47 minutes, we were playing solid hockey,” Montreal and former Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “We needed that win desperately, and now we’ve got to go back home and find a way to win the next one.”

Montreal had allowed 24 goals in four prior games, including a season-worst 8-1 loss to Boston at home Tuesday that featured a hat trick by Pastrnak.

Price gave up five goals on 11 shots in Tuesday’s loss to the Bruins and has surrendered 19 total over his past four games.

But the Canadiens star saw improvement in his team’s effort.

“If we definitely play like [we did today], the majority of our games are going to be a better result,” Price said.

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The Canadiens got off to a fast start this time after giving up three first-period goals in Tuesday’s matchup.

Armia’s backhand shot from the right circle deflected off Charlie McAvoy’s skate and into the net for his 10th goal of the season 1:58 into the game.

Play was stopped with 2:47 left in the second as a scuffle broke out involving all 10 position players on the ice after Shea Weber interfered with Pastrnak.

Pastrnak evened the score at 6:16 of the third after skating into the right circle and firing a one-time shot past Price high to the stick side.

“Twenty-five [goals] by December 1st, I wouldn’t have predicted that,” Cassidy said. “I know he’s certainly, maybe could have had 30. I don’t think he’s had a lot of freebies, let’s put it that way.”

Backes’ goal came with 9 seconds left on a Bruins’ power play after Montreal’s Nick Cousins was whistled for holding Boston’s Torey Krug.

“It’s unfortunate. It was a bad call,” Julien said. “Krug’s stick was stuck under his own player. As a referee in a 1-1 hockey game, you’ve got to make sure when you make those calls. I was pissed off at the way that was handled.”

The Canadiens beat the Bruins 5-4 in their first meeting on Nov. 5 in Montreal.

NOTES: Bruins LW Brad Marchand played despite being a game-time decision after playing through flu-like symptoms on Friday. … Boston C Patrice Bergeron (lower body) was out for the sixth time in eight games. Bergeron skated before Sunday’s practice and is still day-to-day. … Canadiens D Victor Mete did not travel and was to be reevaluated Sunday after suffering a lower-body injury Saturday against Philadelphia. … Montreal LW Jonathan Drouin (torn tendon in left wrist) has missed eight games following his surgery but has been medically cleared to ride a stationary bike. His return date, originally thought to be eight weeks, is still uncertain. RW Paul Byron (knee) also missed his eighth straight. … Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur underwent surgery Thursday in Montreal to remove ganglions and a lobe on his lung, the team announced Sunday. LaFleur is expected to return home soon to continue his recovery.

UP NEXT

Canadiens: Host New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Bruins: Host Carolina on Tuesday night.

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The Boston Bruins have won four in a row, secured at least a point in each of their last eight contests (6-0-2) and have tied the best 12-game start (9-1-2) in franchise history (1929-30).

For all of his club’s success, however, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy expects more — and he hopes to get it on Saturday as the team hosts the Ottawa Senators in the second contest of a three-game homestand.

“We’re getting there. I think these past four, five, six games, we’ve progressively tightened up, played more our style where teams have got to earn their way out there,” Cassidy said. “I thought at the start of the year we were a little bit too loose, even though our goals against was down. …

“But, I see us more start to finish now, playing that way. Listen, nobody’s going to be at 60 minutes every night at this time of the year. You’re still figuring out your team, guys are still getting going, but we’re getting closer. I like where we’re at.”

Cassidy should, considering the Bruins have outscored their foes by a 19-7 margin during their winning streak.

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak extended their respective point streaks during Boston’s 5-1 victory over San Jose on Tuesday, with the former setting up a returning David Krejci in the first period to dent the scoresheet in his 11th consecutive contest (seven goals, 14 assists).

Pastrnak pushed his point streak to 10 games (12 goals, 12 assists) after notching his team-leading 12th goal, making him just the third player in franchise history to reach that mark in a single October (Phil Esposito, 14, 1973; Charlie Simmer, 12, 1985).

Speaking of streaks, Boston won all four of its games against Ottawa over the last two seasons — and Marchand and Pastrnak have had a hand in that as well.

Marchand collected seven points (two goals, five assists) in the meetings in 2018-19 while Pastrnak has 12 (five goals, seven assists) over the two-campaign run.

Impressive numbers to be certain, however the Bruins are more interested in the here and now.

“We’re feeling good as a team. We reset after each game and come into the next game with the same mentality that we’ve had for these four that we’ve won in a row,” defenseman Brandon Carlo said. “So we’re just continuing to keep a positive attitude in here, play for each other and most of all, just have fun.”

Ottawa is starting to have fun after answering a dismal eight-game stretch (1-6-1) by sandwiching 5-2 victories around a 4-2 loss during its recent three-game homestand.

Nick Paul (two goals, one assist) and Brady Tkachuk (one goal, two assists) each recorded three-point performances in Sunday’s win over San Jose while Craig Anderson turned aside 34 shots.

Anderson is expected to return to the crease against Boston, vs. which he owns a 12-14-0 record with one shutout, a 3.08 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.

Senators coach D.J. Smith praised the contributions of fourth-liners Filip Chlapik and J.C. Beaudin, who combined for seven hits against the Sharks. The pair was shuffled to Belleville after the San Jose game before promptly being recalled from the American Hockey League.

Smith said he doesn’t intend to tinker with his lineup, especially after a victory.

“That’s the message: If you play well and you play hard then you get to play again,” Smith said, per the Ottawa Sun. “I thought they were a big reason why we were good the other day. They took short shifts and they hit everything.”

The Senators will vie for their first win away from Canada’s capital when they open their three-game road trip.

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The Bruins just revealed their new third jerseys. Safe to say, they’re a lot better than last week’s Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings monstrosities.
Just like the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings, the Boston Bruins were about to release their own new third jerseys. Unlike the Kings and Avalanche, the Bruins jersey wasn’t leaked and they had their own chance at a reveal.

Also unlike, their jerseys, people seemed to be more receptive to Boston’s new threads.

The new jersey isn’t that much of a departure from the Bruins current home jersey. Like Bruins third jerseys of the past, black had become the predominant color and the yellow influence on the shoulders and stripes seem all gone. Fans of the gold shouldn’t worry that much, as the yellow stripes remain on the arms and on the jersey itself.

Some more photos of the Bruins’ new third jersey: pic.twitter.com/fGyPIwBqWb

— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) November 24, 2019

The Bruins logo has been simplified with just an oversized “B”. Although larger, the new “B” appears to be in the same typeface as the Bruins current logo, and in the same matching gold color. What’s missing from the center crest is the spoked wheel that usually accompanies the Bruins “B”.

It looks like the exact same “B” that was on last year’s Winter Classic jersey, but with a reversed color scheme (the Winter Classic jerseys had a black “B” with gold outlining since they were the away team). That’s nowhere to be found.

With the Bruins opting for a minimalist approach, the spoked wheel understandably got the boot. Even without the spoked wheel, the new jersey still has a distinctive Bruins identity.

In the aftermath of the abstract Avalanche jersey and cocaine roller skate Kings jerseys for the upcoming stadium series, it was refreshing to see a jersey that’s easy on the eyes that the fans seem to enjoy as well. The internet being the intent, of course, not everyone is in agreement. One of the lone dissenting opinions I saw came from Sam Minton at Chowder and Champions.

The Bruins need to bring back the pooh bear jerseys. These were the jerseys that a lot of us grew up on. I can remember seeing guys like Glen Murray and Sergei Samsonov wearing these beauties.
For those who don’t know exactly what the “pooh bear” jerseys were, they had a cartoonish looking bear as the center logo instead of the “B” and spoked wheel. Here’s a link to them if you want to take a look for yourselves. While I personally don’t like the aptly named “Pooh Bear” jerseys, Minton might be onto to something here.

Cartoonish as they may be, the “pooh bear” jerseys answered the question of what exactly is a “Bruin”? I didn’t know what a “Bruin” was supposed to be until the only Boston sports fan in my suburban, central New Jersey high school told me it was a bear. Sure, hardcore hockey and Boston fans know that, but to others not so much. The Bruins mascot is a bear, but for people like me ho as a young hockey fan only saw Bruins games through my television screen, that was completely lost on me.

The 2016 Winter Classic had a Bruins jersey with a less cartoonish bear front and center, but I’m more of a fan of the 2008 to 2016 third jersey. The “B’ and the spoked wheel moved to the shoulder patches, as a realistic-looking bear with moved front and center under the “Bruins name”. Those third jerseys even followed the black color scheme of the new third jerseys, just with more striping on the arms.

Thing is, the Bruins new third jersey look just fine the way they are. Adding a bear logo as a shoulder patch, kind of like how the Nashville Predators did with their Winter Classic jerseys, is an option, but that would have too much going on. The Bruins should reintroduce the bear, but not on this one.

For the first time in a while, the NHL got a third jersey reveal right. Safe to say, the internet is relieved. Congrats to the Bruins, who debut their new jersey in the NHL’s Thanksgiving Showdown versus the New York Rangers this Friday.

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Sheldon Keefe is already the first coach in Toronto Maple Leafs history to begin his NHL career with three consecutive wins. He’ll try to stay perfect when the Maple Leafs visit the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center (4 p.m. ET; MSG-B, TSN4, NHL.TV) in one of 12 games on the NHL schedule Friday.

Toronto was 9-10-4 when Keefe took over after Mike Babcock was fired on Nov. 20. Since then, the Maple Leafs have won three straight games, each on the road, and outscored their opponents 14-4. That includes a 6-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, when they had 54 shots on the way to their biggest offensive performance at Detroit since March 4, 1994.

The Maple Leafs will start backup goalie Michael Hutchinson in the first of a home-and-home series. Toronto is 0-5-1 this season when using backup goalies Hutchinson (0-4-1) or Kasimir Kaskisuo (0-1-0); starter Frederik Andersen is 12-5-3. He is expected to start when the Sabres visit Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.

Devils extend winning streak against Canadiens to seven
The New Jersey Devils won their seventh consecutive game against the Montreal Canadiens, 6-4 at Bell Centre on Thursday. The victory left New Jersey two short of their longest winning streak against the Canadiens, a 9-0-0 run from Nov. 18, 2005-Nov. 30, 2007.

It was the third win on Thanksgiving in Devils/Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies history, and the first since the Devils defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-1 on Nov. 23, 2000.

Mackenzie Blackwood made an NHL career-high 44 saves, becoming the sixth different franchise rookie goalie to make at least that many saves in a regular-season game – and the first since Martin Brodeur made 45 on April 10, 1994.

Marchand, Pastrnak lead Bruins into Thanksgiving Showdown
Forwards Brad Marchand (43 points; 18 goals, 25 assists) and David Pastrnak (39 points; 23 goals, 16 assists) are third and fourth in the NHL scoring race entering the Boston Bruins’ game against the New York Rangers in the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown at TD Garden on Friday (1 p.m. ET; NBC).

A point by Pastrnak would make 2019-20 the first season in 45 years (and fifth since Boston entered the NHL in 1924) to feature multiple Bruins each with at least 40 points through the team’s first 26 games.

Boston is 9-0-4 at TD Garden this season, the second-longest season-opening home point streak in its history behind a 21-game run in 1973-74 (19-0, two ties). The Bruins are the only team without a regulation loss at home this season.

Forward Artemi Panarin (32 points; 12 goals, 20 assists) leads the Rangers in scoring and has had at least two points in nine of New York’s past 11 games. He can become the first New York player to record multiple points 10 times in a span of 12 games since Jean Ratelle did it from Nov. 13-Dec. 9, 1971.

Panarin has 22 of his 32 points since Nov. 1; he trails only Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (24 points) and Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (23) for the most among all NHL players during that span. Panarin needs one point to set a Rangers record for the most points in the month of November; he’s tied with Ratelle, who had 22 (eight goals, 14 assists) in November 1971.

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SALISBURY — The Boys & Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley’s new capital campaign found itself $130,000 richer after former Boston Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque and a pair of local business owners made generous donations to the cause Thursday morning.

For the 18 years that the local club has been running, it’s made its home at the former Salisbury Memorial School.

But the Eisenhower era building is in need of substantial renovation and the club kicked off the public phase of its three-year, $1 million capital campaign by hosting a Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry breakfast meeting on Thursday.

Bourque was the guest speaker and told the crowd of roughly 150 Chamber members that his Bourque Family Foundation will be donating $30,000 to the Boys & Girls Club’s capital campaign.

“When kids come to a place like this, you never know who you’re going to meet and who is going to be able to influence them and make a difference in their lives,” he said.

And on top of that, Ralph Castagna announced that he and Wayne Capolupo were making a joint pledge of $100,000, which brings the total campaign account to $400,000. Castagna is the president and CEO of Castagna Construction Corp. and the vice chairman of the Boys & Girls Club’s board of directors.

“I can’t even begin to count all the ways in which this club is a virtue to, not just Salisbury, but the Greater Salisbury area as well,” said Capolupo, who is the chairman and CEO of SPS New England Inc.

He went on to remind the crowd that idle hands are the devil’s workshop.

“The threats which face our youth of today dwarf what most of us in this room grew up with just one generation ago,” Capolupo said. “With all of these internet predators and opportunities for substance-related issues at earlier ages, it is downright scary. So, the ability of parents to have a place to send their children where they know they will be safe and well-supervised, it’s something that just can’t even begin to be quantified.”

Bourque, a Stanley Cup champion and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, played 21 seasons for the Bruins. He went on to say Thursday that his career was spent striving constantly for perfection.

“I was looking to be perfect, every single day, knowing that I would never reach it,” he said. “I played with guys that were looking for perfection and wouldn’t have reached it and would be down in the dumps. For me, it only made it better. I strived to be as perfect as I could be, even though I would never reach that. That made me the best that I could be, every single day.”

It wasn’t until he retired that Bourque, who lives in Boxford, said he was able to step back, look at his career and give himself a pat on the back.

“While I was playing, I never wanted it to end,” Bourque said. “I always wanted to get better and, once you get to the top of the mountain, in terms of talent and that reach, now it’s a matter of maintaining that level. I took a lot of pride in being as consistent as I was for that amount of years and that is what I am most proud of.”

Bourque continued to preach preparation.

“My planning and my preparation, my perseverance and my passion I brought every single day to the rink,” he said. “When you have your best players approach it that way, like the Bruins have right now with (Zdeno) Chara, (Patrice) Bergeron and (Brad) Marchand, those three guys and how they approach the game and how they prepare, what a sight for them to see every single day for the rest of the team.

“When your best players are your best people, in how they prepare, you’re in business,” he said. “That is how life is run, not only in sports but that is in life. That is in business. That is in everything.”

Asked who will win the Stanley Cup next spring, Bourque had a predictable answer.

“With the Bruins’ start right now, I know that they’ll get back there,” he said. “It’s very impressive what they’ve been able to do so far this year. When you think about how it ended last year, with as good of a finish as they got to in that seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals, after losing in their own building in Games 5 and 7, that can be very, very hard to swallow. But it just shows what kind of motivation they have in terms of their players, coaches and management.”