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We just have to get better with each game

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DALLAS (AP) Once the Boston Bruins broke through in the third period Adidas Patrik Berglund Jersey , they couldn’t be stopped.David Pastrnak snapped a tie with 12 seconds left and the Bruins scored three straight goals in the third to rally past the fading Dallas Stars 3-2 on Friday night.”We said between periods we just need the one goal,” Pastrnak said. ”If we get the first one, we’re going to get another.”Brad Marchand scored Boston’s first goal and assisted on the other two, including a short-handed goal by Tim Schaller that tied it midway through the third period.With only seconds remaining, a scramble followed a faceoff in the Dallas end, and Marchand passed to Pastrnak in front. While falling down, he put the puck past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.”I was thinking shoot,” Marchand said, ”but I had a couple guys in my lane and I saw (Pastrnak) drive and I figured if I get it down there, hopefully he can make a play.”Tuukka Rask made a season-high 40 saves for the Bruins.”He made a lot of really big saves, especially early on,” Marchand said. ”He’s been the backbone of our team all year, for a few years now.”The second-place Bruins won for the first time in three games (1-0-2) to move within four points of Atlantic Division leader Tampa Bay. Boston has already clinched a playoff berth.The Stars are winless in their last seven games (0-5-2). They remained four points behind Colorado for the second Western Conference wild card.”I didn’t think we were very good in our own end with the puck,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. ”We had all kinds of opportunities on the first and third goal to get it out.”Dallas led 2-0 on a first-period goal by Esa Lindell and Jamie Benn’s short-handed score late in the second.In the third Adidas Vladimir Sobotka Jersey , Marchand tipped in a shot by Pastrnak before Schaller scored on a 2-on-1 with Marchand.Lehtonen finished with 33 saves.”We had the game. We just need to keep going,” Lehtonen said. ”It was a broken play, that (first) goal. Shot that got tipped. I thought it was going to come faster to the net.”Lindell scored 2:26 into the game. Jason Dickinson tried to deflect a shot from the right point into the net but the puck went wide right. Curtis McKenzie picked it up behind the goal line and passed to Lindell high in the left faceoff circle. His wrist shot went in off Rask’s right arm.Benn missed two good scoring opportunities early in the second period, but connected at 19:22. He took a pass from Tyler Seguin at the Dallas blue line and had a breakaway when Matt Grzelcyk fell down. Benn slid a backhand under Rask.NOTES: The Bruins have won their last five games in Dallas. … Stars D Marc Methot returned after missing four games because of a hand injury. … Three of Schaller’s 11 goals have come short-handed. … Benn’s short-handed goal was his first this season, the Stars’ fifth and the ninth allowed by Boston. … Dallas gave up eight goals in 22 opponent power plays on its winless six-game road trip but returned home and killed off all three against Boston. The Bruins’ penalty killers are 12 for 13 in the last five games, including 4 for 4 on Friday. … Marchand has 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in his last 11 games.UP NEXTBruins: Visit the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, the third stop on a four-game trip.Stars: Play the second of three straight home games Sunday against Vancouver.— For years, Evgeni Malkin has been the other Pittsburgh Penguins star center, often even when he and uber popular teammate Sidney Crosby are both playing lights-out.Malkin is difficult to ignore lately. Going into Saturday’s against the Toronto Maple Leafs at PPG Paints Arena, Malkin has six goals, 11 points over his past six games and, overall, ranked second in the NHL going into Friday’s games with 20 points in 11 games.Centering Pittsburgh’s only line that has stuck together Adidas Scott Wedgewood Jersey , with wingers Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel, Malkin has been a force.Article continues below ...“It’s not me. It’s the whole line. It’s the whole team,” Malkin, the league’s No. 2 star of the month for October, insisted. “I had a great summer. I worked with Alex (Trinca, the Penguins’), conditioning coach. We worked hard all summer. And a little bit of rest. We had some months (off) this year. I play with Phil and (Hagelin). They’re great guys, great players.“I just do my job. I try to do my best. I feel good, fresh. My legs are moving, and I just stay at the same level.”Crosby has still been a worthy bookend. After going the first six games without a goal, he has six goals and 14 points for Pittsburgh (6-2-3) going into the game against Toronto (8-5-0).The Maple Leafs had a one-two offensive punch with homegrown young star Auston Matthews and veteran John Tavares, formerly with the Islanders, but Matthews last week sustained a shoulder injury that is expected to sideline him for another three weeks or so.Matthews has a team-best 10 goals and is tied for the Maple Leafs’ lead with 16 points. The team is 0-2 with a total of two goals without Matthews.“What I find with most injuries is it takes your team a little bit to figure out how we’re going to go again,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. “It takes the coach a little bit to figure (it) out. To have success Adidas Carter Hutton Jersey , you’ve got to trust all your guys. Even though your depth gets hurt a little bit, you’ve got to play with depth.“We’ve got to find ways to win games. Just stay with the process and keep doing good things, and good things will happen to you. Let’s get to work. We play a good Pittsburgh team we’re excited to play.”Tavares has seven goals and 14 points, but has just one point, an assist, since Matthews got hurt.“I know I’m counted on to produce. It’s part of the game and supposed to be one of my strengths,” Tavares said. “I wouldn’t say I put any more pressure myself on than I do normally to play at a high level and play at it consistently.”The Penguins beat the Maple Leafs 3-0 in Toronto Oct. 18, a game that launched a 4-0 road trip through Canada. Since then, Pittsburgh went 0-1-1 in a home-and-home series against the New York Islanders.“We think everybody’s contributing at this point,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We just have to get better with each game.”

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