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BOSTON — So often in the NHL Tomas Plekanec Jersey Womens , it comes down to goaltending.Especially when your defense is banged up and missing so many key parts.The Boston Bruins, hampered by a lengthy injury list on defense (as many as six at one time), are getting outstanding goaltending from Jaroslav Halak and Tuukka Rask as they head into Saturday night’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings.Article continues below ...It is already the third meeting of the season between the Original Six foes and the Wings come in trying to end an 11-game TD Garden losing streak.Asked after Thursday night’s 2-1 shootout victory over the New York Islanders about his team’s emphasis on defense, coach Bruce Cassidy said, “I think they’re working hard as a group, but at the end of the day, we have to give credit where it’s due and that’s the goaltending.“It’s been rock-solid for us, and I think they understand as much as anything that listen, we’re having trouble scoring goals. If we want to win games, we have to be dialed in and can’t really afford to have a night off until we get our offense going. I guess it’s spread around.”The Bruins (14-7-4) are 4-2-2 since Rask returned from his three-day personal-issue absence. They have allowed 19 goals in the eight games, but six of those came in the first of those games — and they have yielded 12 goals in seven games since.“It’s been tight games, I don’t know, the past five or six of them Tomas Tatar Jersey Womens , but it builds character,” said Rask, who was outstanding Thursday and added, “and it’s good that we’ve been able to grind those games out and come out on top for the most part. You’ve got to learn to win every different kind of way, and it’s just kind of part of the process.”The Red Wings opened the season by going 0-5-2, then went 10-3-1, lost three straight and ended that streak with a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night. They blew a 3-0 lead in that game but won it on Tyler Bertuzzi’s second goal of the game, with 6:53 left.Bertuzzi was the hero on his bobblehead night.“He goes to the hard areas. He wins all the little stick battles,” said teammate Niklas Kronwall. “He doesn’t lose a lot of 50-50 battles on any given night. It’s nice to see him get rewarded. He always goes to the dirty areas. It’s great to see him get rewarded. There’s definitely more in there than we’ve seen so far. It’s great to see him get a couple tonight, a few big goals for us.”The Bruins gave Detroit its fifth straight loss to start the season when David Pastrnak had a hat trick and cleared the 100-goal career mark Oct. 13. But the Wings got some revenge with a 3-2 overtime win in Detroit on Nov. 21.If Cassidy continued his goalie rotation, it would be Halak (8-3-2, 2.06 goals against and .936 save percentage on the season), in goal Saturday. But Halak is just 7-6-2 with 3.51/.878 numbers lifetime against Detroit Tom Kuhnhackl Jersey Womens , so Rask gets his second straight start for the first time since Oct. 13 and 17.Rask, who appears to have cleared himself of his early season woes, is 13-5-3 with 2.57/.905 in the regular season against the Wings. He also went 4-1 against them in a 2014 playoff series, allowing six goals in five games. Rask was in goal for his team taking three of a possible four points from Detroit this season.Jimmy Howard, whose name has popped up in trade rumors, has been alternating with Jonathan Bernier and was the winner against St. Louis. Neither has a winning career record against Boston, but Howard’s 2.52 goals against is much better than Bernier’s 3.74. Howard is 6-6-3, Bernier 5-6-0.The Bruins expect to get Brandon Carlo (shoulder, eight games) back Saturday, shoring up a defense that changes by the game (Charlie McAvoy, out with a concussion, is also close). Wings d-man Trevor Daley suffered a lower body injury Wednesday night and is expected to miss both games this weekend — the Wings hosting the Colorado Avalanche Sunday.David Krejci, who lost a tooth in Thursday night’s game — former teammate Johnny Boychuk returned one to him on the bench — was missing from practice Friday. He was apparently at the dentist.“I love Johnny. He’s a good guy. But that’s just weird Anthony Beauvillier Jersey Womens ,” Cassidy said.Ryan Donato, recalled from Providence for that game, had the shootout winning for the Bruins. The Buffalo Sabres offense is thriving, and the Montreal Canadiens defense is struggling.That will set up a meeting of opposites Friday afternoon at KeyBank Center with the Sabres trying to extend their seven-game winning streak and the Canadiens trying to stop a two-game skid.After defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 Wednesday night, the Sabres (14-6-2) are on their longest winning streak since 2006-07 when they won their first 10 games of the season.Article continues below ...“I think it’s a testament to the guys putting in the work every day, coming here and just trying to get better,” Sabres captain Jack Eichel said. “I think that’s what we’ve done. With that being said, it’s November. … There’s so much of our season left. We want to keep doing it. Your objective is to win every game.”The Canadiens (11-7-4) lost 5-2 to the New Jersey Devils Wednesday in Newark, N.J. and their defense provided scant protection for goaltender Carey Price.“Well, our back end had a tough (game). … there’s no doubt about that,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. “But at the end of the day, there’s a lot of things, too Dustin Tokarski Jersey Womens , the forwards can do on the defensive side of things. Even our backcheck … our backchecking at times once we get past the blue line, they’re still beating us to the net. So, we need to be better in those situations as a team, not just as defensemen.”Julien said Thursday at practice that Anti Niemi will start in goal Friday.Julien also said that defenseman Shea Weber, who has not played this season after knee surgery, could begin playing Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Weber practiced with the team Thursday.The Canadiens do have a streak going of their own. Max Domi scored one goal against the Devils and has at least one point in 11 consecutive games (six goals, nine assists). He has 11 goals and 15 assists this season overall.The Sabres reversed their recent trend Wednesday. Returning from a three-game trip in which they struggled early in games and came back to win, they scored four goals in the first period against the Flyers.“We were really focused and, on our toes,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “We really attacked the game in the first period. We shot pucks off the rush, we got pucks to the net. The power play scored a big goal. It was the start that we were looking for, especially coming back home to a big crowd. The fans were great.”The Flyers came back to score twice in the second period, but Carter Hutton again was solid in goal for the Sabres.At 7-2-1 Valtteri Filppula Jersey Womens , the Sabres are off to their best start in home games to a season since 2009-2010 when they also started 7-2-1 at home.Defenseman Lawrence Pilut could make his Sabres debut Friday. The 22-year-old was called up from Rochester of the American Hockey League Wednesday after defenseman Marco Scandella left the morning skate with a lower-body injury picked up Monday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.Pilut was tied for the scoring lead among AHL defensemen with three goals and 19 assists at the time of his promotion. In a corresponding move the Sabres put Patrik Berglund on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.Julien feels that his team might be tired because of the schedule.“We’ve played 11 games in 21 days, and I’m sensing some fatigue,” the coach said. “Mentally, that’s where you’ve got to stay sharp and maybe keep your game a little simpler if you’re going to get through those kinds of situations, because that’s the way the League is. Playing that much, sometimes games aren’t always perfect. That’s why we win a lot of them, and that’s why sometimes we play games like (Wednesday). It’s about building some consistency in our game and being better in every area. You can’t win in this league if you don’t have all 19 horses going, and tonight we didn’t have all 19 horses going.”
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