BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak helped Boston escape a first-period onslaught with a lead Henrik Lundqvist Jersey Kids , then turned the next two periods into a rout.Pastrnak had three goals and an assist as the Bruins overcame a sluggish start and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on Saturday night.“We talked before the game that we need to be better than what we’ve shown the last couple of games,” said Pastrnak, who was held without a point Thursday night in the Bruins’ loss to Vancouver.Pastrnak and the rest of Boston’s top line bounced back nicely against the Maple Leafs.Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists and Brad Marchand had two assists for the Bruins, who led 1-0 after the first despite being outshot 20-6 in the opening 20 minutes.It was the second hat trick of the season and third career for Pastrnak, Boston’s 22-year-old Czech phenom who is developing into more than just a scoring threat.“He’s obviously a great talent. He’s got great smarts and he’s so good at getting open,” Bergeron said. “When you add being tenacious on the puck and winning battles that makes a big difference.”Pastrnak took sole possession of the NHL scoring lead with 15 goals after he entered in a four-way tie for the most.Jaroslav Halak stopped 40 shots for the Bruins, who ended Toronto’s three-game winning streak and handed the Maple Leafs their first road loss of the season.John Tavares scored the only goal for Toronto, and Garret Sparks finished with 29 saves.Pastrnak scored twice in the second period and added his third of the night with a one-timer from the left circle with 5:56 left to play.Joakim Nordstrom scored again for Boston just 26 seconds later to seal it for the Bruins, who won the first meeting of the Original Six rivals after going 1-3 against the Maple Leafs last season.“We didn’t get it done when we had all those opportunities early Jimmy Vesey Jersey ,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.Halak got the start in the Bruins’ first game since the club granted a leave of absence to Tuukka Rask for undisclosed personal reasons. Halak stopped all 20 shots he faced in the first period, keeping the Bruins in it despite a slow start.“The shot count was in their favor by a big difference but I think in the second we evened it out pretty closely and we did a good job capitalizing on some scoring chances that we had,” Boston captain Zdeno Chara said.After Pastrnak set up Bergeron for the first goal of the game, Bergeron returned the favor 5:46 into the second with a pass from behind the net for a one-timer from the left circle to give Boston a 2-0 lead.Pastrnak made it 3-0 on a power-play goal 10:24 into the second, tipping in a shot by Marchand after a cross-ice pass from Bergeron with 36 seconds left on a hooking penalty on Toronto’s Martin Marincin.Tavares scored for Toronto with 30 seconds left in the second period.“We got off to a good start,” Toronto’s Mitch Marner said. “The second period, we gave up too many opportunities. We let them take the game to us.NOTES: Halak was pulled Thursday against Vancouver after allowing five goals on 19 shots. … The Leafs allowed their most goals since a 3-1 loss to Calgary on Oct. 29. … With Rask unavailable, the Bruins called up G Dan Vladar from AHL Providence on an emergency basis. … Bergeron’s goal in the first was the 298th of his career.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: At Los Angeles on Tuesday night.Bruins: Host Vegas on Sunday night. BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins rebuilt faster than expected and the result was a 50-win season in 2017-18, the 10th in franchise history.But their playoff run ended in the second round Kevin Hayes Jersey , leaving room for improvement that owner Jeremy Jacobs hopes comes with the continued maturity of Boston’s young players around its core of veterans.Jacobs was asked about his expectations during the Bruins’ media day Monday at Warrior Ice Arena.“My expectations never lessen so far as this team is concerned. … They’re young, we’ve got that on our side, and we’ve got a good warehouse of talent,” said Jacobs, who’s entering his 44th season of ownership of the Bruins.“I expect them to improve on last year. Because we didn’t start as strongly, I guess it was more the finish, we didn’t (the start) have last year.”The Bruins started 6-7-4 last season, but their 50-20-12 record earned them second place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.After defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games in the first round — the Bruins’ first playoff series win since 2014 — they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games in the second round.The Bruins open their regular season Wednesday on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, who will raise their championship banner during a pregame ceremony.As if the competition wasn’t enough of a challenge in Boston’s attempt to have a better start Kevin Shattenkirk Jersey , they’ll have a greater challenge because defenseman Torey Krug will not be in the lineup.Krug had a left ankle injury in the Bruins’ preseason finale against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Krug is in a walking boot and will be evaluated in three weeks.Krug had 59 points (14 goals, 45 assists) in 76 games last season and was working his way back from a fractured ankle that ended his season after the fourth game against Tampa Bay in the playoffs.With Matt Grzelcyk, the replacement for an injured Krug both at 5-on-5 and on the power play, trying to return from a lower-body injury, the Bruins’ depth is being tested early.“Well given the fact that Torey is starting injured, I think that adding John Moore was a benefit to our group and deepening that,” said general manager Don Sweeney, who signed Moore as an unrestricted free agent from the New Jersey Devils on July 1.Rookie Urho Vaakanainen is also in line to pick up some of the slack depending on Grzelcyk’s status.The Bruins have at least gotten positive news on center Patrice Bergeron, whose return from offseason groin surgery was hampered by back spasms. He didn’t play in any preseason games http://www.officialhockeyrangersshop.com/authentic-adidas-marc-staal-jersey , but practiced with the team for the second time on Monday and took contact in some drills. He anticipates being in the lineup on opening night.Like Jacobs, Bruins president Cam Neely desires a better start to the season. However, Neely’s more interested in how the Bruins finish.“I don’t want us to look at our point total and how many wins,” Neely said. “I want us to look at are we playing the way we want to play, are we playing the way the coach would like us to play, are we competing in a way that gives us chances to win every game and are we getting better as the season progresses as we get into the playoffs.”
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