02/24 00:36 CST Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy
Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Hockey Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored their 26th goals
of the season, and the Boston Bruins improved to 5-1-0 under interim coach
Bruce Cassidy with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in his second start since Christmas for the
Bruins, who nursed an early lead to their first win in Los Angeles since March
Pastrnak punctuated a strong all-around game with his seventh power-play goal
of the season early in the second period. Dominic Moore ended his 26-game goal
drought with an empty-net score, and David Krejci added another empty-netter
with 7.2 seconds left.
Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL goal and Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for the
Kings, who have lost six of eight.
Los Angeles' playoff hopes have taken a hit during the rough stretch. The Kings
have a home-heavy schedule down the stretch, but they've lost seven of 11 at
Boston's unbeaten start under Cassidy ended one night earlier in Anaheim, but
the Bruins responded with another strong defensive game in front of their
Khudobin was solid in just his ninth start of the season for the Bruins, who
have relied heavily on All-Star Tuukka Rask in net. Khudobin, the former
Anaheim Ducks backup, boosted his .888 save percentage with a handful of big
stops against the scoring-challenged Kings, who have five goals in their last
After Marchand put the Bruins ahead early on a 2-on-1 rush, Gravel scored on a
rebound of rookie Adrian Kempe's shot. Gravel's goal was the defenseman's first
of his 45-game career with the Kings, who drafted him in the fifth round in
Pastrnak reclaimed the lead for Boston early in the second. The high-scoring
forward broke his stick on the one-timer, but the changeup effect on the puck
fooled Budaj just enough to allow Pastrnak to tie Patrice Bergeron for the team
lead in power-play goals.
Los Angeles managed just one shot in the first 15 minutes of the third period,
and Moore sealed it with 1:02 to play on his first goal since Dec. 20.
NOTES: Boston F Riley Nash was a healthy scratch for the first time this
season. He scored 10 points while playing in all 60 games for the Bruins this
season, but had just one assist in the last eight games. ... Los Angeles'
Darryl Sutter coached his 1,263rd game, passing Jacques Lemaire for sole
possession of 13th place in NHL history. ... Kempe's assist was his second NHL
point. He was drafted by the Kings four spots after the Bruins picked Pastrnak
in 2014. ... Jeff Zatkoff was the Kings' backup goalie. Los Angeles placed
Zatkoff on waivers earlier in the week, but didn't send him to the AHL after he
Bruins: At Stars on Sunday.
Kings: Host Ducks on Saturday.