National Hockey League roundup: Bruins win home opener

Back where they belong Bruins take care of business with an eye toward something more

Back where they belong Bruins take care of business with an eye toward something more

New Jersey was shutout for the second time in four nights. Sure, the Bruins played three preseason games at home, but when it's for real, it's still a challenge to erase last June's memories in front of a charged-up, sold-out crowd of hungry fans.

SENATORS 4, LIGHTNING 2: Vladislav Namestnikov scored his first two goals for his new team late in the third period, lifting Ottawa past visiting Tampa Bay for its first win of the season.

Simply having their way with New Jersey, the Devils used a couple of second-period power-play opportunities to finally get some chances on Rask and the Bruins, but No. 40 stayed strong in the Boston net, with stops on all 16 shots faced in the middle frame, and with a flawless 26-for-26 mark through the first 40 minutes of action.

Neither the defending Eastern Conference champs nor the team who tied for the NHL's fewest wins in 2018-19 strayed far enough from those stations to make Saturday's result a surprise. The Devils had a 11-27-3 boulevard listing a season previously, nonetheless had been 20-14-7 at dwelling.

Boston led 2-0 after one period, getting a pair of goals in the first 12 minutes.

Marchand place the Bruins on the scoreboard 3: 33 in when he skated to the high slot and fired a wrist shot to beat a screened Schneider.

Nordstrom doubled the lead with 8:38 left in the period.

Cory Schneider stopped 29 shots for the Devils, who are 0-3-2. Patrice Bergeron added a powerplay goal in the second period. He additionally stymied Recent Jersey in the third to rep up his first shutout of the season. "In a game like this, I thought that's when he earned his paycheck tonight". It was a milestone goal of sorts, too, as Marchand picked up the secondary helper on the goal, good for the 300th assist of his National Hockey League career.

Former Bruins defenseman Ted Green died Tuesday at age 79, the team announced Saturday.

Holding a 3-0 edge through 40, the Bruins held the fort in their own zone in the third period, as Rask finished with a flawless 31-for-31 mark in the Boston net for his shutout of the season and the team's second in five games this year. Devils D Andy Greene (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Friday. Recent Jersey coach John Hynes stated he would have a more in-depth conception about Greene's relate on Sunday. D Matt Tennyson was recalled from Binghamton of the AHL.

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