Senators beat Rangers 5-3 to spoil Patrick Kane’s debut Bruins rout Sabres 7-1, become fastest team to 100 points Bruins lock up David Pastrnak with 8-year, $90M deal through 2031 Bruins acquire Tyler Bertuzzi in trade with Red Wings Senators acquire defenseman Jakob Chychrun from Coyotes
NEW YORK – The night was supposed to belong Patrick Kane but it was an ex-ranger Derik Brassard who ultimately claimed the Manhattan spotlight for the rising Ottawa Senators.
Claude Giroud broke the tie early in the third period and Brassard scored twice in his 1,000th career game as the Senators beat New York 5-3 on Thursday night to ruin Kane’s Rangers debut.
“I just came in and tried to play hard,” said Brassard, 35, who played four seasons with the Rangers, where he was a fan favorite and helped New York reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014. I will remember this for the rest of my life. It was amazing.”
The Rangers took a 3-2 lead, moving into third place after Vladimir Tarasenko scored a flashy goal late in the second, but Ottawa scored twice in two minutes and then held on to their fourth straight win.
Brassard equalized at 1:35 for 11th of the season after an assist from Giroud who beat the keeper. Yaroslav Halak for his 26th goal at 3:26 to give Ottawa the lead and stay.
Shane Pinto and Tim Stutzle (empty net) also scored for Ottawa, and Cam Talbot made 29 saves. The Rangers’ vaunted power play was scoreless on four extras, including a five-minute offense and a game misconduct scored by a Senators forward. Austin Watson at 12:49 of the first period.
“Cam was solid,” said Senators coach DJ Smith. “He was our best penalty there.”
Talbot denied Kane with a pad save with five minutes left in Game 3 to keep the win as the Rangers had only lost for the second time in their last eight home games. The Rangers are still 24-8-4 since Dec. 5.
Ottawa entered the playoffs with an 11-3-1 run after a home loss to Winnipeg on January 21st.
“Our top players stepped up and took their game to the next level,” added Brassard. “Our commitment to verification, protection and performance was everything. That’s why we’ve been successful.”
Tarasenko’s go-ahead was dramatic as he swept across Talbot, then faked a left and then put the puck into the net on the opposite side of the goaltender at 14:54.
Chris Crider And Jacob Aries also distinguished himself in the Rangers, who, after Tarasenko’s goal, could not find a single violation. The Senators outplayed the Rangers 12-6 in the third when they scored three times.
“When you play hockey for 60 minutes, you have to do more than just make really beautiful passes,” said Rangers coach Gerard Gallant. “We need to drop a few goals, we need to improve forechecking, increase the pressure.”
Kreider opened the scoring by scoring a short hand at 6:31 of the first goal, breaking into Talbot and then hitting a high backhand into the net to score his 27th goal. The goal was Kreider’s 256th career goal, tied for sixth on the franchise’s list with Camille Henry.
The Rangers fell silent late in the game when Kane made his debut after acquiring the club from Chicago, where he had won the Stanley Cup three times.
Kane heard loud applause as he rode out for the pre-game warm-up, with fans cluttering the rows on the New York side of the arena to catch a glimpse of the new player in his regular No. 88. Kane was impressed by his reception at Madison Square Garden.
“I really didn’t know what it was going to be like until I got there,” said Kane, who spent 16 seasons with Chicago, home of the bustling United Center. “The warm-up, the introduction before the game, it’s pretty cool. It’s an amazing place to play.”
Kane and his reunited Blackhawks teammate Panarin were the last two to leave the ice when Kane again heard the crowd roar before another standing ovation during the introduction of the starting lineup.
Kane skated on the right flank with Panarin and Trochek in the center, but the Rangers had an overall quiet game, recording only four shots and no points. He added that he hopes to rediscover the chemistry he and Panarin shared for two seasons with the Blackhawks.
“I don’t think this will happen overnight,” Kane said. But we will find.
NOTES: The Rangers played with five defensemen as again without injury. Ryan Lindgren. K’Andre Miller served his second three-game suspension for spitting at a Los Angeles defenseman. Drew Doughty Last Sunday… Defenseman Jacob Chychruin made his debut for the Senators after being signed by the Arizona on Wednesday.
Senators: Host Columbus on Saturday night.
Rangers: Saturday in Boston.
BOSTON – to David Pastr scored a goal and two assists just hours after signing a new contract, and the fast-growing Boston Bruins became the fastest team in NHL history to score 100 points in a 7-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
Jakub Lauko scored twice Dmitry Orlov added a goal and two assists and Jeremy Swayman stopped 26 shots as the Bruins recovered from a loss Brad Marchand to a lower body injury to win their ninth straight win.
Boston improved to 48–8–5 in its 61st game, passing the Montreal team in 1976–77, which had 100 points in 62 rule ties and no extra points for overtime wins. or shootouts. The Bruins have seven overtime points and 101 shootout wins.
Pavel Zaka, Patrice Bergeron And Connor Clifton added goals for Boston.
“It was really amazing to see how they want to be great,” said coach Jim Montgomery.
Casey Mittelstadt scored for Buffalo and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen saved 35 shots. But his unusual free kick saw Orlov score a powerplay goal and turn the game as the Sabres lost for the second straight.
The win ended an eventful day for the Bruins. They purchased Tyler Bertuzzi from Detroit and signed Pastrnak to an eight-year, $90 million extension.
“It may have taken a little longer than we bargained for, but we have finally crossed the finish line,” said Boston President Cam Neely. “We are very happy that he will be with him for another eight years.”
Pastrnak converted an odd penalty against Luukkonen in the second period and then provided an assist. He scored his 43rd goal into an empty net in Boston’s five-goal third period, in which he also earned his 40th assist.
Bertuzzi, whom Montgomery called “a good guy with sandpaper,” will help fill the roles of fellow wingers. Taylor Hall And Nick Foligno. Hall was placed on long-term injured reserve and Foligno on permanent IR.
Last week general manager Don Sweeney picked up Orlov and Pomegranate Hathaway in a deal with Washington. Orlov has three goals and five assists in four games since the trade.
However, Marchand’s extended absence would hurt Boston. He hit hard in the second period and didn’t come back in the third.
“We think he’ll be fine,” Montgomery said.
Sabers who lost a top forward Alex fabric (lower body) played again last week without a beaten top defenseman Rasmus Dalin. He was placed on injury reserve retroactively until Friday, opening up a spot for the defender. Riley Stillmanpurchased Monday from Vancouver.
Stillman made an immediate impression by recording five hits in a scoreless first period.
And it remained at a standstill until Luukkonen was called on the bandwagon as Pastrnak tried to beat him by skating alone.
“It was a bad call,” said trainer Dan Granato. “Obviously the judges thought it was a trip. Luukki came out and played the puck, but it happens. You will have such problems, but obviously it was a surge of momentum.”
Orlov scored the first shot in the ensuing 4-on-3 game, and Lauko made a big rebound 1:26 later to make it 2-0.
Buffalo, who fought for one of the last places in the playoffs of the Eastern Conference, could not recover.
NOTES: Sweeney said Hall and Foligno are unlikely to return before the end of the regular season. … Bertuzzi was expected to arrive in Boston late Thursday night. … Sweeney does not expect another deal to close before Friday’s trading deadline. … Sabers sent F Anders Bjork in Chicago for further consideration. … The Bruins recognized Buffalo firefighter Jason Arno during the first period timeout. Arno died in a fire on Wednesday.
Sabers to host Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Bruins to host New York Rangers on Saturday.
BOSTON. The Bruins were already on track for the best record in NHL history when they added toughness and depth to what they hope will be a long playoff game this spring.
Now general manager Don Sweeney has also helped secure the team’s future.
Boston signs All-Star forward to David Pastr to an eight-year, $90 million contract extension, the sixth richest deal in NHL history. The deal secures one of the league’s MVP nominees for the 2030-31 season for $11.25 million a year.
“Our goal has always been to make him a Bruin for life,” Sweeney said. “We are thrilled to have David as part of our team now and for the foreseeable future.”
Pastrnak, 26, is second only to Edmonton. Connor McDavid This season, he scored 42 goals and made 38 assists, leading Boston to the best record in the NHL. Entering the game against Buffalo on Thursday night, the Bruins (47-8-5) scored 99 points in 60 games – 135 points, which would surpass the 132 points of the 1977 Montreal Canadiens.
Sweeney also bolstered the roster ahead of Friday’s trade deadline by acquiring the forward Tyler Bertuzzi on Thursday in an agreement that will send Detroit the top 10 defended first-round picks in 2024 and fourth-round picks in 2025. (Red Wings keep half of Bertuzzi’s pay until the end of the season.) Sweeney signed a quarterback last week. Dmitry Orlov and go Pomegranate Hathaway from Washington.
This could help Pastrnak in the long run.
“We’re confident in what our organization has to offer David,” Sweeney said. “The success we’ve had – and hopefully will continue – is a big part of that.”
Pastrnak, who was then eligible to become a free agent…